First Tuesday Tech Talk: Tressa’s App Picks

Last week you read about Library Now, the free app you can use to access KRL online.  Today, I am excited to introduce you to a few other free library-related apps for everyone from casual browsers to serious researchers.apps

I.  World’s Fair: Enter the World of Tomorrow

Smoking Robots! Electric Kitchens!  The Magic of…Asbestos?  Welcome to New York Public Library’s app World’s Fair: Enter the World of Tomorrow.  The information found here is drawn from tens of thousands of fragments scattered across hundreds of boxes of materials from the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair.

II.  Frankenstein: the Afterlife of Shelley’s Circle

Is technology inherently good or bad?  That question helped guide Mary Shelley 200 years ago as she wrote her classic novel Frankenstein.  New York Public Library’s app Frankenstein: The Afterlife of Shelley’s Circle (a 2012 parents’ Choice Award Winner) gives you a direct view into original primary source documents, and much more.

III.  Abe App

To mark Abraham Lincoln’s 204th birthday last February, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation and AT&T launched the Abe App , available for iPad, iPhone and Android devices. Its main intended use is as an educational tool for teachers, but there’s plenty in there for those of us outside of the classroom: hundreds of digital images of authentic Lincoln/Lincoln-related documents and artifacts from the collections of the Lincoln Presidential Library, Museum and Foundation.

IV.  Dwellr

While the U.S. Census Bureau isn’t a library I’d be remiss not to mention their new app, dwellr, that delivers on-the-go access to key demographic, socio-economic and housing statistics for thousands of places across the nation. If you are considering a move, a home purchase, or a trip, you can easily access and explore information based on data from the American Community Survey.

V.  America’s Economy

The Census Bureau’s first app – America’s Economy – is an important tool for businesses, economists, and planners. It gives you real-time releases of the economic statistics that drive decisions on employment, housing, construction and manufacturing.

VI. Washington State Library Now App at KRL

Have you had a chance to explore KRL through the  Library Now App? My favorite feature is BookLook, which allows you to scan the UPC of a book to see if KRL has it on the shelves and, if so, to instantly put a hold on it. So easy! And best of all, no more random slips of paper getting lost in my pockets.

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