Is there an app for that? Finding primary sources in an app environment.

Tuesday, 3/7/2017
  • 12:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 11:00 AM (Central)
  • 10:00 AM (Mountain)
  • 9:00 AM (Pacific)

Over the past decade, technologies have rapidly transformed how information and sources are identified, located, and accessed. While reference services continues to hold many of the functions it had in decades past, the service itself has transformed into a point- of-need service in which reference librarians utilize print, electronic, and mobile technologies in all areas of the library. While mobile technologies have been heavily discussed in the professional literature, there is an obvious gap - how exactly do history specialist librarians use apps and the associated mobile devices to enhance reference services and provide another avenue for patrons to access history sources. The purpose of this presentation is to briefly discuss apps and mobile technologies in the library literature, app evaluation criteria, some of the best apps for history sources, and application techniques to using apps during the reference interview and in instructional settings.

Learning Outcomes

Attendees will learn about history apps and will be able to immediately implement those app- based sources into reference and research services.

Attendees will be able to identify, evaluate, and apply app evaluation techniques.

Attendees will learn about how apps can be utilized in the reference interview as well as participate in at least one active learning session using a history-based app on a mobile device.

Who Should Attend

This presentation would beneficial for all librarians, information professionals, genealogists, and archivists who assist patrons with history research inquiries. The presentation will show an alternative option for accessing history sources in a mobile technology environment. Those that work in an innovative, tech savvy environment would also benefit from this session.


Jennifer Koenig Johnson holds a MLIS (2011) from Louisiana State University and a BA (2006) and MA (2008) in history from the University of Arkansas. She has over 11 years experience working reference services in academic and public libraries. Currently, she is a reference librarian at the Springdale Public Library. She has published over 10 research and source evaluation articles and presented at various conferences such as Amigos Online Conference (2016), Brick & Click (2013), and MOBIUS (2013). Recent publications include "Best Apps for Reference and Information Services" (Reference Reviews, 2015).




Individual registration rates are as follows:

RUSA members: $45
ALA members: $50
ALA student & retired members: $25
Non-members: $65
Group rate: $99 single login, $38/person multiple logins. (min. 2 people)

How to Register

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