For immediate release | November 4, 2013

Tablets and mobile applications, in new American Libraries Live episode

CHICAGO — Personal electronic devices like tablets, smartphones and digital cameras are everywhere. How can libraries effectively incorporate these devices into both library services and institutional staff activity? That’s the topic of discussion in the upcoming American Libraries Live, a free, streaming video broadcast that you can view from your home, library or on-the-go. Please tune in at 2 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, Nov. 14 for this 60-minute discussion. Moderator Heather Moorefield-Lang, education and applied social sciences librarian for Virginia Tech, will lead an expert panel in a discussion on the present and future of tablets and mobile applications. Joining us will be:

  • Bohyun Kim, digital access librarian at Florida International University Medical Library;
  • David Lee King, digital services director at Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library;
  • Katherine Messier, managing director at Mobile Beacon.

Mobile Beacon is proud to sponsor this episode of AL Live. Mobile Beacon is a nonprofit on a mission to revolutionize education and library services through broadband, providing 4G high-speed, mobile Internet access and unlimited data plans for only $10 a month. Their service helps libraries use mobile technology to provide innovative library services such as creating an Internet Lending Program for patrons without Internet access at home, deploying mobile labs for digital literacy training, and equipping book mobiles with mobile hotspots to bring library resources out into the community. Mobile Beacon also partnered with TechSoup to make their 4G devices available as a donation to libraries and other nonprofits. For more information, visit

AL Live is an immediate and effective way to get to the heart of the real issues in our industry. With the help of real-time technology, it’s like having your own expert on-hand. We look forward to your joining us. To receive e-mail reminders, register at, or go to at the time of the event. If you’re unable to attend live, this event will be recorded and available at shortly after it concludes.

For information about advertising or sponsoring an AL Live event, contact: Doug Lewis, American Libraries magazine,, (770) 333-1281. For general information or press inquiries about AL Live, contact: Jill Hillemeyer, Marketing Manager,, (312) 280-5418.

Related Links

American LIbraries Live

Mobile Beacon

"Rethinking Reference and Instruction with Tablets"


Jill Hillemeyer

Marketing Manager

American Library Association

ALA Publishing