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SLA 2011: 60 Apps in 60 Minutes

Thanks to Kathy Kelly, MSLS, CA, for this guest post about the 2011 SLA program: 60 Apps in 60 Minutes.

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The SLA Competitite Intelligence Division presented a "60 Apps in 60 Minutes" session on June 14, 2011 SLA program, which featured Scott Brown, Owner of the Social Information Group, and Joe Murphy, a self-described Trend Spotter, and Yale University Librarian; visit his web site: http://joemurphylibraryfuture.com/). Slides from this fun, packed session are available at: http://www.slideshare.net/scbrown5/60-apps-in-60-minutes

Scott and Joe shared their takes on trendy mobile apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, and occasionally for Blackberry or Windows Phone, under various categories such as Specific to Librarians and Info Pros; Productivity; Business/News; Community; Lifestyle; Location; and Just for Fun.

Along with reviews of well-known apps such as Kindle for iPhone and iPad, they also discussed more up and coming apps, such as a QR code reader; Dropbox (for sharing files on the cloud); Tweetdeck (for managing Twitter feeds by category); and Apps.usa.gov (http://apps.usa.gov/), a portal of apps to get government info on handhelds - including IRS2go info, USAJobs, product recall info, TSA travel info, and more.

Much of the most practical and entertaining app info was featured in the Lifestyle or Location categories, which highlighted useful on-the-run apps with fairly self-explanatory names such as Car Locator, FlySmart (flight/gate/airport info), Netflix, RunPee Mobile (find a bathroom!) and bartab (for claiming cheap drinks at specified bars as part of their social media campaigns). See the 60 Apps session closing slides for URLs to keep up with new developments in apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android, and info on how to keep up with Scott and Joe via social media.

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Kathy Kelly is a librarian and certified archivist with environmental expertise and project management experience in the federal contracting sector.

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