Nicole Hennig is an independent user experience professional, who helps librarians and educators effectively use mobile technologies to facilitate knowledge creation in their communities.
She offers a variety of instructional resources that bring people from novice to expert, and helps spark ideas for creative uses of mobile technologies.
Books & online courses
She is the author of two books, Best Apps for Academics, and Apps For Librarians: Using the Best Mobile Technology to Educate, Create, and Engage. She also teaches the online courses, Apps for Librarians & Educators, and The Book as iPad App.
Previously, she worked for the MIT Libraries as head of user experience (2010 – 2012) and web manager & usability specialist (1999 – 2010). Her expertise includes user experience studies, mobile web, mobile apps and the user experience of e-reading. She speaks on these topics at national and regional conferences. Read more about her skills and experience on her resume.
She’s the winner of several awards, including the MIT Libraries Infinite Mile Award for Innovation and Creativity, the MIT Excellence Award for Innovation Solutions, and the ASIS&T Chapter Member of the Year.
Nicole loves teaching, presenting, and inspiring creative people to use technology effectively.
For more info, see: http://nicolehennig.com/
Smartphones are everywhere and there is an explosion of apps for productivity, research, reading, and studying. Librarians can better serve their communities by having expertise in mobile technologies.
Learn about the best apps for library users, including Evernote, Dropbox, Instapaper, iBooks, Kindle, Stanza, and GoodReader.
Each week we focus on a category, such as e-reading, productivity, research, or multimedia. The course combines video lectures, reading, and discussion. We also discuss the future of apps vs. mobile web, and using apps for content creation.
To follow along with the video demos, you need an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. By the end you will have materials, knowledge, and inspiration... enough to prepare you to offer your own workshop for users at your library.
Tips for using the Kindle apps, including how to get content from sources other than Amazon.
In this video I discuss the iBooks app. I also show two multimedia books made with iBooks Author. These have embedded media such as slide shows and 3D images. Books shown include Frankenweenie and NYPL Point: Frankenstein, Making a Modern Monsterby the New York Public Library. You can get each of these titles for free on the iBookstore (iOS only).
Borrowing ebooks from your library using OverDrive and using Bluefire as an alternative reader.
Discussion of three services aiming to be like “Netflix for ebooks.”Oyster, Scribd, and Kindle Unlimited.
Reading magazines on iOS with Apple Newsstand.
Reading magazines on mobile devices with two excellent apps: Zinio and Next Issue.
iAnnotate is an excellent app for reading and annotating PDFs and other documents.
Two good apps for saving web pages to read later, online or offline.
An excellent app for reading and organizing news feeds.
How to read news feeds with Flipboard, and how to curate content with Flipboard "magazines."
Many books are being published as individual apps. This allows them to take advantage of the multimedia features that apps can provide. Beethoven's 9th Symphony by Touch Press is an excellent example. For more multimedia book apps, see my resource guide, which lists many of these interactive book apps.
A few articles to get you thinking about e-reading and the future of books.
Dropbox is one of the most popular cloud storage apps. I've been using it for a few years and love it. Box is also very good and is the recommended choice if your institution needs to be HIPAA-compliant. It works in exactly the same way as Dropbox. You could choose to use one or both of these apps -- they are both highly recommended.
This video from 1Password does a great job of explaining how it works. LastPass works in a very similar way.
There are many good to-do list apps. My favorite is Todo. Watch the video to see why. Other very nice to-do apps are: Clear, Wunderlist, and Paperless. It's a personal choice -- they are all quite good. I use Todo for my daily to-do lists, and I use Paperless for grocery lists, packing lists, and other misc. lists. I like all the cute and pretty icons that are included with Paperless -- it makes your list of lists easy to browse.
I use Evernote for keeping track of EVERYTHING in my life. I love it. It's like a digital file cabinet with great tagging, keywords, search, and folders. The only downside is that it's not designed for pretty formatting. Because of that, I started using OneNote for a few things in my life where I want to format the text. I like it.
You can choose one or use both, like I do.
Penultimate is a useful app for handwritten notes and sketching.
Apps for speech recognition and speec-activated searching.
Like having a scanner in your pocket.
Scan book barcodes, generate QR codes, and more with Red Laser.
Information about Google's apps for word pressing, spreadsheets, and presentations.
Two more apps for making your presentations look interesting (no more boring PowerPoint!)
A dictionary with voice search and audio pronunciations.
Wikipedia now has its own official mobile app, and there are several other apps for Wikipedia. Currently, the official Wikipedia app is the only one that allows edits of Wikipedia from your mobile device.
The others are worth exploring because they have useful features such as: saving pages to read offline, bookmarks, history of your searches, reading the article out loud, location awareness - see Wikipedia articles about places nearby, and more.
Wikilinks has some unusual features that are interesting - a mind map view for related articles, links to related YouTube videos, and more.
Wolfram Alpha calls itself a "computational knowledge engine." A useful reference app.
Convertible is a unit convertor for currency and many other units (length, volume, etc.)
Languages is a foreign language dictionary app that includes multiple languages.
Duolingo makes language learning into a game.
Chirp Birdsong USA+ is a fun way to learn birdsongs. Versions of this app for Canada and Europe are also available.
Learn about a few sample apps in this category, including apps for finding open access scholarly articles.
Learn about Papers 3 for citation management, plus links to a few other recommended apps in this category.
What librarians needs to know about jailbreaking.
Drawing and painting
Drawing and painting
Create comic books from your images.
Add fun filters to you photos and share them with friends.
Pro HDR lets you capture an image exposed for the highlights and another exposed for the shadows. It then automatically aligns and blends the images, giving you an HDR image up to 5 megapixels.
Create and share panoramic photos (360 degrees)
Create panoramic photos and share them on Photosynth.net (Microsoft)
Concise information, clearly presented, with plenty of additional resources provided. The structure of the course makes it easy to go at your own pace and review what is important to you. Public librarians seeking to become familiar with the many categories of apps available - both to discover new tools and to understand what patrons are using - will find this informative and time-saving.