Empower users with mobile app literacy

For Immediate Release
Mon, 11/09/2015


Liz Steiner

Marketing Manager

ALA Publishing


CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new iteration of its popular 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 Jan. 11, 2016.

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
  • Week 2 - Productivity & Writing
  • Week 3 - Reference
  • Week 4 - Multimedia
  • Week 5 - Accessibility & More

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 & Educators, and The Book as iPad App, have enabled professional librarians from all types 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 facilitated eCourse, which begins on Jan. 11, 2016, 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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