Posted by: bluesyemre | July 17, 2015

App Advisory at the Library by David Lee King

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Libraries have recommended stuff to customers for years. Reader’s advisory. Video suggestions. New music to listen to. Ways to start a research project.

Why not app advisory?

Think about it. What do over half of your customers have? Smartphones. And easy access to the app store. What they don’t have is a trusted app “curator” – someone who can recommend the best apps.

What would that look like? I’ll start us off:

  • Best new apps of the month
  • Popular apps
  • Apps connected to a season (i.e., it’s summer, so apps with grilling suggestions. Yes, they exist).
  • Suggestions on how to use an app
  • And of course, you’d mention library-related apps. Ebook apps. Your ILS app, if you have one. etc.

This also means that we would need to have easy access to apps, and have a small app budget. And a variety of smartphones and tablets – both iOS and Android – to play with.

App recommendation for your community. Could be cool. What do you think?

http://www.davidleeking.com/2015/06/16/app-advisory-at-the-library/


Responses

  1. My local public library, Indian Prairie Public Library does this via their App Advisor webpage, http://ippl.info/apps I think it’s a great service and they add something new nearly every month!

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    • Glad to hear that. I’ll check the website. Thanks

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