Bringing Library Services to Mobile Devices
Instructor: Scott La Counte
Dates: June 6 to July 1, 2016
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
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
This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.
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