Instructor: Scott La Counte / Dates: March 3-29, 2014 / 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.
- 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
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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