Tablets and Mobile Applications

Group: American Library Association
Subject: Tablets and Mobile Applications, free on American Libraries Live

Now that personal electronic devices like tablets, smart phones and digital cameras are ubiquitous, it’s important for librarians to be able to incorporate them into both library services and internal staff activity. Next up on American Libraries Live on Thursday, November 14, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern, Heather Moorefield-Lang, Education and Applied Social Sciences Librarian for Virginia Tech, leads an expert panel in a discussion on the present and future of tablets and the many opportunities they offer librarians.

Joining Moorefield-Lang on the panel:

• Bohyun Kim, digital access librarian at Florida International University Medical Library
• David Lee King, Digital Services Director at Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
• Katherine Messier, Managing Director at Mobile Beacon

Please join us for this 60-minute free video broadcast, Thursday, November 14. To receive e-mail reminders, register at or just go to at the time of the event. If you’re unable to attend live, this event will be recorded and available at shortly after it concludes.

With thanks to Mobile Beacon for generously sponsoring this episode. Mobile Beacon is a nonprofit on a mission to revolutionize education and library services through broadband, providing 4G high-speed, mobile Internet access and unlimited data plans for only $10/month. Their service helps libraries use mobile technology to provide innovative library services such as: creating an Internet Lending Program for patrons without Internet access at home, deploying mobile labs for digital literacy training, and equipping book mobiles with mobile hotspots to bring library resources out into the community. Mobile Beacon also partnered with to make their 4G devices available as a donation to libraries and other nonprofits. For more information, visit

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Upcoming AL Live broadcasts in 2014 include:

January 9, 2014: The Future of Libraries
February 13: The Library Website
March 13: E-Books: The Present and Future
April 10: Copyright Conundrum

We hope you’ll take advantage of and enjoy this free way to participate and stay updated on the issues.