apps

Reading and Story Time Apps for Your Library

A pig playing an iPad piano was the last thing I expected to see at the Association of Small and Rural Libraries (ASRL) annual conference in Tacoma, Washington. Okay, it was just a pig puppet named Bacon, but still! Jeffrey Stoffer, library assistant at the Ak-Chin Indian Community Library in Maricopa, Arizona, showed just how creative one can get in the library with a tablet full o' apps. Luckily for us, Jeffrey shared his entire ARSL presentation (warning: large PDF file). This blog post just covers the reading and story time apps, but Jeffrey also talked about social media, writing, creativity, gaming, and problem solving apps for kids. 

Kid reading on iPad

One thing to note is that Jeffrey's presentation focused on iOS apps. Some of these apps might be available on Android and Windows platforms, or there might be similar types of apps on other platforms.

Go Mobile with Your Library's Adult Programming

Got a bunch of mobile devices sitting around at your library, but not sure what to do with them? We've got some ideas for you! In last week's webinar, Adult Library Programs Gone Mobile, we invited librarians Ann Awakuni and Jezmynne Dene to share their ideas and experiences.

Talking about Tablets: Lawrence Public Library (KS)

Thinking about making tablets available in your library? Wondering how other libraries are handling the logistics? In this series, we will be featuring stories shared with us by libraries around the continent. In this first article, Kim Fletcher, Karen Allen, and Aaron Brumley discuss the implementation of tablets at the Lawrence Public Library (KS).

The Story of an App

One of the things I like best about working with TechSoup for Libraries is our connection to TechSoup, which provides opportunities for me to think beyond libraries and to consider technology in the broader non-profit environment. Last week I attended attend a TechSoup webinar, Developing Mobile Apps from Idea to Launch. The session featured the story of SafeNight, an app for domestic violence service organizations. The webinar was not specifically about libraries and apps, but I found myself considering possibilities for libraries based on what I was learning.

Go Mobile: Why Responsive Web Design Matters for Libraries and Nonprofits

As smartphones and tablets grow in popularity, mobile optimization is something libraries and nonprofits should pay close attention to in the coming year. Responsive web design (also known as mobile optimization) refers to designing a site to provide an optimal viewing experience across a wide range of devices.

Appealing Library Apps

What's happening with apps in the library world? Many libraries are designing apps to extend access to their own services and others are creating applaudable programming. Libraries are providing online access to previously closed collections, demonstrating how to download ebooks on the go, and integrating apps provided by library database vendors to allow for vetted research from mobile devices. 

Upcoming TechSoup Webinars

We have lots of great webinars coming up soon. Our webinars are always free, and include great speakers in an interactive online learning environment. Get your questions answered! See our events page for full listings. 

Bay Area librarians: activate app ideas!

Have a great idea for an app that would help your nonprofit or library make a difference, but don't have the technical skills or resources to make it happen?

App it Up! Webinar Recap

On January 19, I had the pleasure of assisting in our app-inspired webinar, App It Up! You can now view a recording of the webinar on YouTube.

Thursday Webinar: App It Up!

In this free, one-hour webinar, we will share valuable information regarding creating and using apps in libraries and nonprofits. Thanks to a grant from Microsoft, TechSoup’s App it Up project has enabled us to learn about the kinds of apps nonprofits and libraries are using to engage constituents, tell stories, and accomplish their goals. Discover popular apps you can put to use right now. Listen in when Shawn Michael of NPower explains how her organization effectively uses apps.