RUSA: App Advisory 101

App Advisory 101
Readers’ advisory has long been an important part of reference services, but with the explosion in the popularity of smartphones and tablets over the past several years, app advisory is becoming equally important. Participants in this webinar will hear about the latest and greatest apps for a range of different audiences and interests, and will also be introduced to the best tools for keeping up-to-date on new apps as they emerge.

Learning Outcomes

•Learn about the best apps for patrons of different ages and with different interests.
•Gain familiarity with the resources available for finding and evaluating apps for different audiences.
•Develop a plan for keeping up with new apps and responding to patron questions regarding apps.

Who Should Attend

Any library staff member who is responsible for responding to patron requests regarding apps and who is interested in learning more about them would benefit from attending. In particular, the webinar will be well-suited to reference and/or young adult librarians and library staff from public and academic libraries.


Carli Spina
Carli Spina is the Emerging Technologies and Research Librarian at the Harvard Law School Library. In this role, she has created a research guide on mobile apps and has taught classes on how students can use apps for research and entertainment. She also blogs on technology topics including apps and other tools at and can be found on Twitter @CarliSpina.

Date(s) & Time(s)

Thursday, April 18, 2013 – 2:00 – 3:30 PM Central Time


Number of seats: 30 max

Registration fees:

$40 for RUSA members

$50 for ALA members

$65 for non-ALA members

$35 for ALA student members and retired members

Group Rates

$99 single login

$38/person multiple logins. (min. 2 people)

Technical Requirements

This webinar will be offered using Blackboard Collaborate. System requirements for Blackboard are included at the bottom of this message. More information is available at or at their support site,

You will receive access instructions from Andrea no later than 24 hours before the webinar is to be held.

Register online

Questions about your registration should be directed to Technical questions about the webinar should be directed to Andrea Hill, RUSA Web Manager, at

Thank you and we look forward to your participation!