About Me

Helping librarians and educators effectively use mobile technologies

Nicole Hennig is an independent user experience professional, who helps librarians and educators effectively use mobile technologies to facilitate knowledge creation in their communities.

She offers a variety of instructional resources that bring people from novice to expert, and helps spark ideas for creative uses of mobile technologies.

Books & online courses
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. She also teaches the online courses, Apps for Librarians & Educators, and The Book as iPad App.

Previously, she worked for the MIT Libraries as head of user experience (2010 – 2012) and web manager & usability specialist (1999 – 2010). Her expertise includes user experience studies, mobile web, mobile apps and the user experience of e-reading. She speaks on these topics at national and regional conferences. Read more about her skills and experience on her resume.

She’s the winner of several awards, including the MIT Libraries Infinite Mile Award for Innovation and Creativity, the MIT Excellence Award for Innovation Solutions, and the ASIS&T Chapter Member of the Year.

Nicole loves teaching, presenting, and inspiring creative people to use technology effectively.

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You’ll also get occasional email updates from me about apps, mobile web, libraries, ebooks, and emerging technologies.

Become an expert in mobile apps

Librarians and educators who’ve completed Nicole’s courses report that they are using mobile apps effectively in their library programs and services. And they are inspired and excited about what they have learned!

Hear from librarians who took The Book as iPad App course

This four-week course gets five stars not only for the information it contains, but also for the level of empowerment it provides. I signed-up not knowing a thing about book apps, and in a month’s time I am using them at work and collaborating with a library colleague to create a book app of our own for use in story times. The topic is timely, relevant and fun! I couldn’t ask for more.
–- Susan Hansen, Head of Public Services, West Hartford Public Library, West Hartford, CT

The Book as iPad online course taught by Nicole Hennig under the ALA rubric was wonderfully structured and meticulously taught by Nicole. I found the demo videos and class readings very much on target. Also, in the most enjoyable and enlightening live chats, Nicole consistently showed herself to be a caring highly knowledgeable instructor who is passionate about apps and their applications in library environments.
-– Mike Binder, Dean of Libraries Emeritus, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY

iPad and iPhone users (and their librarians) can be overwhelmed by the tsunami of apps flooding the market. Once the new wears off these devices, most users are haunted by the nagging notion that they can–and probably should–be doing more than spending hours flinging irate birds at little green porkers. The trouble is knowing just where to start. The Book as iPad App class is a great way to stop playing and start learning.
-– Sharon Anderson, Youth Services Coordinator, Cape Girardeau Public Library, Cape Girardeau, MO

Hear from librarians who took the Apps for Librarians & Educators course

Nicole’s style invites the student/participant into her digital world, and treats them as guests to a wondrous technology feast… Yet, she is also grounded in the traditional world, thus understanding our “taste” for tech may still be ala carte. Nicole enthusiastically and winningly teaches astride both worlds ~ In so doing, Nicole reaches her students with a very exciting élan.
– Edwina Walker Amorosa, Retired school librarian; Freelance Book Indexer, Access Indexing, Sherman, CT

Besides being extremely knowledgeable regarding apps and app technology, Nicole knows how to share her knowledge with her students. She is a clear and effective communicator who uses several teaching approaches to reach her students, recognizing that each person learns differently from the next. Further, she gives her students the tools so they can continue learning even after the class concludes. The class was an exceptional value. I wouldn’t hesitate to take another class with Nicole as the instructor.
–- name withheld, attorney, law librarian, Simmons alumna