Although my “Rough Cuts” for Internet Librarian have concluded. I still have a few more posts to make which I hope I can finish before throwing myself into Nanowrimo world for November.
Gary Price did an excellent session called “30 Apps in 40 Minutes.” I decided not to post this as a rough cut because my notes consisted of copying his web page handout at http://j.mp/garypricemobile14 into OneNote and making annotations. So I figured it was a potential copyright violation. Librarians respect copyright.
Gary started his session by talking briefly about internet security. He used Wireshark and CookieCadger together to trace the internet traffic in the hall to specific machines. He had the good grace to only highlight the things HIS laptop was doing, but it was a chilling demo. He then went into ways that we could protect ourselves and our patrons. I appreciate this service to the community.
Then he went on to the advertised main event. While I’m confident that all of the apps/app related sites Gary listed would be useful to someone, here are my “best bets” for people in libraries. I’ve noted ones that I either already use or intend to install when I get home:
- Quixey Search (Broad View of What Apps Are) – Plan to use
- Inbox by Google (New Take on Email and Other Services) – Asked for invite
- City Maps
- CamFind (Image Search) – will install
- SoundHound (Music identifier) – will install
- Wolfram|Alpha (Apps or Mobile Version) – I use the regular web version all the time. Great for differences between dates, distances and much more. Will check out mobile version.
- WordLens – Translate documents just by taking a picture – no internet connection required. Currently free. Download now as this could change.
- PhotoMath (iOS Only) – Supposedly you can take a picture of an algebra problem and it will provide a worked out solution. I will install on work iPad and let you know. If you live in Alaska and need help with Algebra, you ought to be using our Live Homework Help service.
If you were at Gary’s session, what resources seemed the most useful to you? If you live in Alaska, what apps do you find most helpful?