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Home. Home. 40 Great Apps for Mobile Reference and Outreach. The desire to learn about useful mobile apps is widespread among librarians, judging by the overflow crowd at Sunday’s Conversation Starter, billed to deliver “40 Great Apps for Mobile Reference and Outreach.” More than 200 conference-goers packed the small room booked for the session, with many peering through the doorway and sitting on the floor. During their presentation, branch manager Richard Le and adult services librarian Mel Gooch, both from San Francisco Public Library, shared what they have found to be dozens of apps that provide innovative services, useful mobile content, and opportunities for outreach.

Here’s the full list of the 40 apps they discussed, as well as some suggestions Le and Gooch provided for ways in which librarians can explore and integrate them into their library’s mobile strategy. They range from the more obvious (Amazon, Google Maps, and Dropbox) to the more obscure (EasyBib, SitOrSquat, and SportsTap). Amazon Mobile Bloomberg Dropbox Edmunds Car Reviews Skype. 7 Apps for Cataloguing Your Home Library | GradHacker. Emily VanBuren is a PhD student in history at Northwestern University. You can find her on Twitter at @emilydvb or at her blog, dighistorienne.

Summer is just around the corner, and I’ve been drawing up a list of all the things I’d like to accomplish before next academic year. It’s a fine time to relax, to step back and reassess my existing workflow, and to reorganize. One of the projects I’m trying this summer? Cataloging my own library. Do you ever spend too long looking for a book that you just know you already have? So, inspired by fellow GradHacker Justin Dunnavant’s post on using Goodreads to organize his library, I’ve decided that it’s time to reorganize my own collection of books. 1. libib: This app allows you to organize your books (plus movies, music, etc.) via tags. 2. iBookshelf: I like this app because with its built-in borrowing status for every item, it lends itself well to tracking the current location/guardian of each book. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Reference services. If you prefer the mobility of a tablet to the tether of a PC, then I have 5 apps that you might find useful for providing remote reference services. Here they are in no particular order (most of them are iOS apps): Explain a Website (EAW). This is a very cool app that allows you to record and edit your web browsing to create a screencast that can be emailed or sent to YouTube, Evernote or Dropbox. This is a great tool for showing a patron how to navigate your website, find an article, log into a database, or anything else web-related. Available for iOS only. Cost: $0.99Bugshot. Like this: Like Loading... The librarian-student reference transaction has a lot in common with human tutoring. What are the best practices in one–on-one instruction? Modeling.

These three strategies, taken together, form a larger instructional process referred to as cognitive apprenticeship. We know that tutoring helps students precisely because of its one-on-one instructional nature. 40 Great Apps for Mobile Reference and Outreach. Cooltoolsforschools.wikispaces. The future of work: There’s an app for that. HANDY is creating a big business out of small jobs. The company finds its customers self-employed home-helps available in the right place and at the right time. All the householder needs is a credit card and a phone equipped with Handy’s app, and everything from spring cleaning to flat-pack-furniture assembly gets taken care of by “service pros” who earn an average of $18 an hour. The company, which provides its service in 29 of the biggest cities in the United States, as well as Toronto, Vancouver and six British cities, now has 5,000 workers on its books; it says most choose to work between five hours and 35 hours a week, and that the 20% doing most earn $2,500 a month.

The company has 200 full-time employees. Founded in 2011, it has raised $40m in venture capital. Handy is one of a large number of startups built around systems which match jobs with independent contractors on the fly, and thus supply labour and services on demand. The young Turks A job for the afternoon Coase and effect. 45 Most Exciting Apps For Librarians. Thank you for all your great feedback! We updated our list to include even more great apps! Although this is the information age, one of the most common places for people to seek information is still the public library. Fortunately, modern libraries have kept up with technological advancements and have integrated computers, the internet, and other important tools as a normal part of this dynamic hub where paper media meets electronics. In fact, many people view the library as the central information center of the city, and in order to retain this title, librarians now find themselves faced with the need to utilize smartphones and tablet apps to complete their tasks and perform jobs more quickly and efficiently.

There are various applications on the market for librarians, each with their own uses, and although not all are helpful in the library, you might be surprised to learn of how many do serve a literary purpose. Check out this list of 45 of the best apps for librarians: 1. 2. 3. 4. 6. Sydney TAFE eLearning Moodle: Log in to the site. Sydney TAFE eLearning Moodle: Log in to the site. 50 ideas for creative uses of mobile apps in library services - Nicole Hennig. To learn more about the best apps for all of these purposes, see my book, Apps for Librarians: Using the Best Mobile Technology to Educate, Create, and Engage. “Hennig compiles here a practical guide on mobile apps that hits the target audience of “librarians from all types of institutions.” This well-organized, thorough list, confidently navigates the cluttered world of mobile apps….. Verdict: An essential reference tool for any librarian looking to stay relevant.” – Paul Stenis, Pepperdine Univ.

Library, full review in Library Journal, Jan. 2015 “A resource brimming with appealing mobile applications, Hennig’s text holds promise for libraries still venturing into high-tech learning. Developing Adaptable, Efficient Mobile Library Services: Librarians as Enablers | Ariadne. Mobile devices such as smartphones, iPads and tablet computers are rapidly proliferating in society and changing the way information is organised, received and disseminated. Consequently the library world must adopt mobile services which maximise and adapt to these significant technological changes. What do library users want from mobile services? How can libraries adopt new, innovative mobile initiatives? How can libraries use their advantage of being technological intelligence centres to forge and create attractive new mobile services that meet the needs of users effectively, since many such users are now armed with smartphones when commencing their academic experience?

These questions are all addressed in the following article which investigates users' desires in respect of mobile services at Leeds University Library. Assessing the Demand for Mobile Services Libraries are innovating to try to meet the evolving technological challenge they face. Literature Review Methodology Focus Groups. Developing Adaptable, Efficient Mobile Library Services: Librarians as Enablers | Ariadne.