Apps for librarians: Empower your users with mobile app literacy

For Immediate Release
Mon, 12/22/2014

Contact:

Dan Freeman

eLearning Manager

ALA Publishing

ALA Publishing

editionscoursehelp@ala.org

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new facilitated eCourse, Apps for librarians: Empower your users with mobile app literacy. Nicole Hennig will serve as the instructor for this five-week facilitated eCourse starting on Feb. 2, 2015.

In this five-week eCourse, you’ll learn about the most useful apps available on tablet and mobile devices and how they can be applied in your library to create the best learning experiences for your patrons and students.

Mobile apps are empowering for people of all ages and abilities. Contrary to the popular idea that apps are only useful for “consumption,” the best apps are being used effectively as tools to enable learning and knowledge creation. In this eCourse, Nicole Hennig will show you how to incorporate apps as learning tools at your library.

After participating in this eCourse, you will: 

  • gain experience using some of the best apps available and understand how they enable learning;
  • learn how to evaluate and review mobile apps;
  • learn how tablets complement laptops, and how their capabilities are creating new learning opportunities;
  • learn how apps are being used by people with special needs and where to find additional resources for learning more;
  • receive guidance for creating your own app guides, offering workshops and advising colleagues.

eCourse outline


Week 1 - E-Reading

The Apps

  • Book reading
  • Magazine reading
  • Apps for Reading PDFs, web pages, and news feeds
  • Individual book apps

Readings & Discussion

  • readings about e-reading & future of the book
  • your thoughts on the readings (discussion forum)
  • optional app review assignment

Week 2 - Productivity & Writing

The Apps

  • Productivity
    • Cloud storage, passwords, to do lists, notes
    • Handwriting, speech recognition, scanning, barcodes
  • Writing & Presenting
    • Word processing, spreadsheets, slides
    • More presentation apps

Readings & Discussion

  • readings about security, writing, mobile apps in academia
  • your thoughts on the readings (discussion forum)
  • optional app review assignment

Week 3 - Reference

The Apps

  • Dictionaries, encyclopedias
  • Unit converters, maps, languages
  • Specialized reference apps
  • Subscription databases & citations

Readings & Discussion

  • readings about jailbreaking, platforms, & mobile web
  • Apple’s iOS Human Interface Guidelines
  • your thoughts on the readings (discussion forum)
  • optional app review assignment

Week 4 - Multimedia

The Apps

  • Art viewing
  • Art creation
  • Photography and photo editing
  • Music listening
  • Music creation
  • Video viewing and editing

Readings & Discussion

  • readings about technology & children
  • your thoughts on the readings (discussion forum)
  • optional app review assignment

Week 5 - Accessibility & More

Accessibility features of mobile devices

Readings & Discussion

  • readings about assistive technology
  • your thoughts on the readings (discussion forum)

Idea generation assignment

  • ideas for using apps in library programs & services
  • apps that wow

About the Instructor

Nicole Hennig is an independent user-experience professional, helping librarians and educators effectively use mobile technologies.  She is the author of two books: "Best Apps for Academics" and "Apps for Librarians: Using the Best Mobile Technology to Educate, Create, and Engage." Her online courses, Apps for Librarians, and The Book as iPad App, have enabled professional librarians from all type of institutions to effectively implement mobile apps in their programs and services. Her email newsletter, Mobile Apps News, helps librarians stay current with mobile technologies. She worked for the MIT Libraries for 14 years as head of user experience and web manager. Her awards include the MIT Libraries Infinite Mile Award for Innovation and Creativity, the MIT Excellence Award of Innovative Solutions and the ASIS&T Chapter Member of the Year. Nicole loves teaching, presenting and inspiring people to use technology effectively. Follow her on twitter @nic221 and read her blog, where she writes about libraries, mobile web, apps, e-books and emerging technologies. 

Registration for this ALA Editions facilitated eCourse, which begins on February 2, can be purchased at the ALA Store. Participants in this course will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message board participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (MP3 files), and downloading and viewing PDF and PowerPoint files.

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