Bringing Library Services to Mobile Devices

Instructor: Scott La Counte
Dates: Not currently scheduled
Credits: 1.5 CEUs
Price: $175

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.

Course Objectives

  • 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

Scott La Counte is the head librarian for the Southern California Institute of Technology. Scott holds a BA in Comparative Religion and English Literature from Cal State Fullerton, and an MLIS from San Jose State University. He has given presentations on mobile application development at several different conferences, and is the author of Going Mobile: Developing Apps for Your Library Using Basic HTML Programming (ALA Editions Special Reports, 2011), Build Your Own App for Fun and Profit (Huron Street Press, 2012), and Quiet, Please: Dispatches from a Public Librarian (Da Capo Press, 2008). Interview with Scott La Counte


Contact us to arrange a special session of this class for a group of seven or more, with a negotiable discount.