The Best 100 Free Apps for Libraries

Librarian Jim Hahn has carefully culled the over 500,000 available apps down to the 100 that are the absolute best for day-in, day-out library services. The guide covers apps for Apple and Android devices, including tablets. Each entry in this long-needed guide contains:

• a basic summary of how each app operates,
• at least one example of how that app can be used by a librarian,
• one example of how it can help a library user access library services,
• a section highlighting critical limitations and apps that may better serve a librarian’s needs, and
• the next possible iteration of the app.

Entries are accompanied by a photo of the app in action, so this current guide is both descriptive and visual. Introductory and final chapters cover using apps in library settings and library services as well as what the future should bring in this area. This guide is intended as an introduction for those with little or no app experience and for those wanting to know more about app uses for information access.

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By May (Regina, SK, Canada) · ★★☆☆☆ · August 27, 2013
Preface: "[This book] is for those librarians who want to know more about apps but do not necessarily own a smartphone or develop apps. This book is also for librarians who do not envision purchasing a smartphone. Essentially, it is for the beginner, the librarian who is content with his or her b... ...more
By Patrice (The United States) · ★★★☆☆ · February 19, 2015
Closer to 2.5 stars. Granted, I did not read every word. Instead, I skimmed, and culled out what was useful to me. I am not exactly the target audience, but if the target audience is librarians that don't know much about smartphone apps/don't have a smartphone, that audience shrinks every year.

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By Laura (San Francisco, CA) · ★★☆☆☆ · February 25, 2015
Only three potentially useful suggestions from the whole book. Also, over 130 pages devoted to the mobile version of common websites, which is less than helpful since everybody knows major sites have mobile versions, and if you go to a site in your cellphone's browser it will direct you to downlo... ...more