50 ideas for creative uses of mobile apps in library services

app-workshops-guidesLooking for ideas to use with your branch iPads?  Here are 50 ideas to use in your daily work and with patrons. Read 50 ideas for creative uses of mobile apps in library services.


Tablets & Mobile Applications

apple-ipad-2Last week ALA Library Technology hosted a free webinar on tablets and mobile applications in libraries. The archive is now available at http://americanlibrarieslive.org/

It covers how important tablets and apps are in the library and the challenges we face.


I have made a few changes to the EBSCO Mobile App found on the mobile website under Mobile Apps.

The default is now set to full text with PDFs turned on, images are included and the databases are limited to the ones most useful for middle/high school students.

You can use the EBSCO Mobile App on smartphones as well as  iPhones, iTouch and iPad but you may want to click the new link near the bottom of the page to install an iApp which will allow you to connect directly to EBSCO Mobile without logging in for nine months.  After nine months you will need to update your authentication key. How cool is that?  A neat feature is your searches are saved.

We have discovered a tool for eBooks which displays the EBSCO PDF articles very nicely.  We recommend if you have an iPhone/iTouch/iPad that you download a free eBook app called Stanza available at the iTunes store.

Give it a try and let me know how it works for you.

Your Library is on the Phone!

The AccessMyLibrary Public Edition App

Now it’s easy to bring your library to your patrons.

Boost usage by encouraging them to download the AccessMyLibrary Public Edition mobile app from Gale. AccessMyLibrary uses GPS to find public libraries* within a 10-mile radius of the user’s location, then gives them free, unlimited access to our reputable, authoritative Gale online resources — without the need to authenticate.

Get the free AccessMyLibrary Public Edition mobile app for your device using one of the QR codes or links listed at Gale’s App page.

You can also download table tents, bookmarks, and FAQs should your patrons have questions.

Early in October this information will be posted on The Librarian’s Brain to promote it to patrons.

Also an android app is available.