Last week I spent a glorious (and mind-stretching) four days in Monterey for Internet Librarian 2012. The days were packed with new, thought-provoking and useful information.
Richard Le (from San Rafael Public Library and San Francisco Public Library) and Thomas Duffy, Jr. (from San Francisco Public Library) gave an engaging, fast-paced presentation: 50 Great Mobile Apps for Librarians. Here are just a few highlights:
1. RedLaser (iOS, Android): scan a book barcode and find the book in a library or bookstore.
2. Epicurious (iOS, Andoid, Nook Color, Windows Phone, Kindle Fire): enter your main ingredients and see the recipes that match. All recipes are rated with reviews.
3. Congress (iOS, Android): Read the latest bills, hearings and floor activity. See how your elected representatives voted.
4. CamScanner (iOS, Android, Kindle Fire): turn your phone into a document scanner and fax machine. (this is a surprisingly fast app. It digitizes the text within the image - and creates a searchable PDF. You can upload the PDF to Google Docs or Dropbox. Amazing research potential)
5. Evernote (iOS, Android): keep your notes organized, record audio, manage to-do lists. (Sarah Stewman, a fellow participant, emailed me the audio from one of our presentations, along with her notes – it was a fast and efficient way to share information, and the audio quality was excellent)
Thank you, Richard and Thomas, for the utility and grace of your presentation and for the succinct descriptions used here.