March 3-29, 2014 Credits: 1.5 CEUs
It is estimated that 1 out of 4 people own a Smartphones (i.e. phones classified as having Internet access like iPhones, Windows Phones, and Android Phones); every year, more patrons are demanding libraries bring their services to the gadgets they love. Upon completion of this four week course, you will better understand the best (and cheapest) ways to bring your library services to mobile devices, from smartphones to eReaders and tablets. We will also discuss the best ways to make sure your library’s homepage fits onto phones of any size, and look into practical solutions for creating both web apps and native iPhone / Android apps.
Understand the difference between mobile apps and native apps and the importance they play in libraries
Recognize the best mobile services for your library and budget
Develop a plan of action for training staff and patrons to use new services
Hear from other librarians about what they have already implemented into their library with regard to mobile services
Discuss current trends in technology and how they might change what libraries offer in the future