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Everyone is talking apps, but . .

At ISTE11 everyone is talking about powerful apps for learning.

Apps for creating art and music and for publishing.  Remarkable apps for special education.   And apps for research.

Educators here are discussing the powerful role mobile devices and apps can play in student research.  But no one is talking about library apps. No one is talking about apps for the databases school and public libraries subscribe to.

We have not done our job sharing our apps with this large group of educators.  Likely most educators. These apps do not appear to be on anyone’s radars, much less their screens.

I just showed my Gale resources to the educators sitting at my small group table and THEIR JAWS DROPPED!  Right now, they are all finding their own school and public libraries.

Vendors, how can you help us get the word out?  And, vendors, if you haven’t yet developed an app, it’s time.  I want to carry all my favorite databases on my lovely, new iPad.  And I need help creating apps for my library.

Here’s iLibrarian’s three-part list of library-ish apps.  Perhaps we can update it in comments.

Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza


  1. I have been looking for, and can’t seem to find, a personal library database type app. You seem to be the person who may help me out here. I want something I could upload my classroom library titles to, and then scan them as a sort of “check out” when my students take them (this would ensure I see what book they’re taking, and legitimize it a bit in their eyes, too). If I could tag dates and names to the check outs, it would do the trick. Bonus points if I can upload the data to a computer. Do you know of anything even remotely like this? I’m trying to avoid buying new equipment that would have to be hooked up to a computer or something.

  2. I’m waiting for a catalog service app to combine with an indoor location app, so you can use your iPhone to direct you to where in the library your desired book is!

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