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Natural user interfaces are making computing easier for all ages and abilities
The widespread adoption of mobile computing is a good thing for librarians who care about access for all. That’s because mobile devices make use of “natural user interfaces,” and those interfaces are making computing easier for people of all ages and abilities.
Have you heard the many stories of success that people with disabilities are having with mobile apps? Here’s an example.
Todd is a successful businessman, entrepreneur, and public speaker. An accident at age eight caused a spinal cord injury that left him as a C4 quadriplegic. (more…)
There are many possibilities for using apps in creative ways in libraries. In my online course, “The Book as iPad App,” one of the assignments is to participate in a virtual brainstorming activity about this topic.
Librarians in my course are from school, academic, and public libraries, and this list is based on the many creative ideas they came up with. Since this course was focused on interactive book apps, the ideas are mostly about those. Feel free to imagine using these ideas for all types of apps.
The list is grouped into these categories: (more…)
I recently learned that Goodreads has a feature where authors can give away free copies of their books in “giveaways” managed by Goodreads. So I signed up. I have 10 copies of Apps for Librarians to give away.
The contest begins on Monday, March 23 and lasts for a month. On April 22 Goodreads will randomly pick 10 entries from all who entered and send me your name and address so I can mail you your free copy. (USA & Canada only)
They don’t have giveaways for ebooks yet, so this is for a print copy. (list price: $45)
It’s not required to review the book, but if you’re a winner Goodreads will encourage it, and I would appreciate your ratings and reviews!
Enter here (or use the button above) — between March 23 and April 22.
I’ve got an article in American Libraries encouraging librarians to write app reviews. Take a look at Writing App Reviews and learn why librarians are a great fit for becoming app experts for their community.
My latest book, Selecting and Evaluating the Best Mobile Apps for Library Services, is now available from ALA TechSource as one of their Library Technology Reports (vol. 50, no. 8)
Last summer ALA approached me about writing this for their series.
Instead of being a guidebook to over 100 of the best apps like my other book, Apps for Librarians: Using the Best Mobile Technology to Educate and Engage, this one focuses on what you need to know to evaluate mobile apps for educational use.
- An overview of app literacy: mobile operating systems, mobile ecosystems, core apps, natural user interfaces, device capabilities, accessibility, and jailbreaking.
- A detailed app evaluation checklist that supplements traditional review criteria for print resources.
- Review sources for keeping up with the newest apps.
- Summaries of iOS features that support accessibility.
- Ideas for library instruction and event-programming with apps.
You can purchase it here.
Want a sample? The publisher offers a free copy of the first chapter (see PDF download link).
See my other titles on the books page of my site.
Hey everyone! I just wanted to let you know that my book: Apps for Librarians – Using the Best Mobile Technology to Educate, Create, and Engage is going to be available next week.
Libraries Unlimited has set the publication date at September 14.
It will be available in paperback for $45, and there will also be an ebook version (I don’t know the price and release date for that yet).
If you have any doubts about the importance of app-literacy for librarians, see my post, “Why the move to mobile is an opportunity for librarians.”
Please help spread the word. Thanks!