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iPad Applications for the Librarian

Published on Nov 19, 2015

Presentation information from the March 2014 Massachusetts Health Science Libraries Network (MAHSLIN) conference at Olin College, Needham, Massachusetts.


iPad Applications for the Librarian

Kate Donovan, PhDc, MBA, BS    |    Boston Children's Hospital


  • Introduction to the iPad
  • Free iTunes Account
  • The iPad's Potential
  • What's Next in Technology?
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How to set up a free itunes account

  • Sign out of current Apple ID 
  • Go to App Store and select a free app
  • Create New Apple ID
  • Confirm Your Country
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How to set up a free itunes account (cont)

  • Agree with Terms and Conditions
  • Fill in your new Apple ID and Password 
  • Create and answer your secret question
  • Select NONE for Payment Method
  • Fill in Billing Address
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How to set up a free itunes account (cont)

  • Submit application for new Apple ID
  • Wait for verification email
  • When email arrives, verify your account
  • Start downloading your free apps
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Apps and Creativity

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Computer Apps

Free web apps
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iBooks author

Only available on Apple computers 
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ibooks author

  • FREE
  • Create beautiful interactive books
  • Easy drag and drop templates
  • Add images, sounds and movie files
  • Publish to be read on iPad or iOS device
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*If you use powerpoint you can use ibooks author

You can do it!


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Web based software programs

Google Chrome has a ton of add on apps that really make this the browser of choice.


Cloud based zooming presentation software

Not only is this a great presentation program, it is also a great collaboration tool. You can collaborate real time with other uses you have given access to. Great for presentations and brainstorming!
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Get your Free Prezi Account

if you have a .EDU email address

Prezi example


Make sure you know your audience when using Prezi. Sometimes the zooming can be overwhelming if the room is small. Images tell great stories!
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Amazingly simple graphic design

Looking for different but professional graphics for your presentations, posters or pamphlets - look no further. This is a free sight with easy amazing graphics! *some additional graphics cost a bit of money - usually 1-2 dollars. keep in mind you can import images as well.

easily create great posters, etc.

Great way to share slide decks

Take some time to explore

Sign up for a free account and explore some amazing slide decks from subject matter experts.

Twitter Medium

Everyone's stories and ideas

Use you existing Twitter account to read the latest posts/blogs from influencers around the world


Visual Collaboration for Creative People

Mural.ly is an online whiteboard designed to visually organize ideas and collaborate in a playful way.

Currently it is only available as a web app but a mobile app is in the works!


Make the web tell a story.

Collect media from across the web. Publish on Storify, embed anywhere. Share and notify sources, go viral.


Create your online newspaper in minutes

Sign up to create beautiful online newspapers that you can email or post to social media.

Automatically find, publish & promote engaging articles, photos and videos from across the web.


Listly is lists made social and fun! If you like lists, you'll love Listly.

Listly is lists made social and fun! If you like lists, you'll love Listly.

Great resource to find quick information about a selected subject. Take some time to explore and curate your own list!



Build engaged audiences through publishing by curation.

Scoop.it helps professionals and businesses publish content online in a meaningful, easy and rewarding way.

Scoop.it is also available on your computer



Snap the image. Mark it up. Share.

This is a great tool by Evernote available to both PC and Mac. Get your point across with fewer words using annotation, shapes and sketches, so that your ideas become reality faster.

This is also available as a web app.



Great way to keep track of everything

Evernote apps and products make modern life manageable, by letting you easily collect and find everything that matters.

Evernote makes it easy to remember things big and small from your everyday life using your computer, phone, tablet and the web.

Also available as a web app for your computer

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Social network and microblogging platform

Twitter is an online social networking and microblogging service that enables users to send and read "tweets", which are text messages limited to 140 characters.

Twitter is also a web app.


Other helpful Twitter tools


both help search hashtags and navigate tweet chats.


Put articles, videos or pretty much anything into Pocket

Put articles, videos or pretty much anything into Pocket. You don't even need internet connection.

You can also use Pocket as a web application


Prezi for ipad

You can now CREATE on the iPad!

The iPad app has gotten much more robust with its recent updates. You can now create Prezi's right on your iPad not just view them!

Not only is this a great presentation program, it is also a great collaboration tool. You can collaborate real time with other uses you have given access to. Great for presentations and brainstorming!


sound gecko

Listen to news, websites, and documents

This is such a cool app!

It takes just a few seconds to turn your favorites websites, blogs and documents into audio. Listen to text on the go!

Also available as a web app.



Flipboard is Your Personal Magazine

Great app to curate materials. Limitation is that is does not allow you to flip in .pdf files. Flipboard is your personal magazine, filled with the things you care about. Use Twitter to pull materials that are relevant to your magazine topic. Websites such as www.tchat.io or www.tweetchat.com can help you search for materials using hashtags.

This is also a web application


Check out the Boston Children's Hospital Mobility Flipboard - over 15,000 readers in less than a year!

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Non HIPAA compliant cloud storage

Dropbox is a free cloud storage service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Never email yourself a file again!

Keep in mind that Dropbox currently is NOT HIPAA compliant therefore patient information should not be uploaded to the sight.

You can also access your contents via a web application

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HIPAA compliant cloud storage- NOT FREE


Securely send and share large business files. This is NOT FREE but is HIPAA compliant. Cloud computing options are on the rise, so keep your eyes open for other options.

Box is also available as a web app.


book creator

Create interactive books right on the iPad

The simple way to create your own beautiful iBooks, right on the iPad.
Read them in iBooks, send them to your friends, or submit them to the iBooks Store.
Ideal for children’s picture books, photo books, art books, cook books, manuals, textbooks, and the list goes on.

The free version doesn't allow video to be used.


Great app for collaborating projects!

Trello is the fastest, easiest way to organize anything, from your day-to-day work, to a favorite side project, to your greatest life plans.

This is a great app to use when collaborating projects!

Trello is also available as a web app.

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Haiku Deck

Story telling, simple.

Meet Haiku Deck, a completely new kind of presentation software. We make telling your story simple, beautiful, and fun.

Also available as a web app in beta


explain everything

Fantastic Screencasting app

This is a fantastic app for education!

Explain Everything is an easy-to-use design, screencasting, and interactive whiteboard tool that lets you annotate, animate, narrate, import, and export almost anything to and from almost anywhere.

Create slides, draw in any color, add shapes, add text, and use a laser pointer. Rotate, move, scale, copy, paste, clone, and lock any object added to the stage.

Add new or existing photos and videos. Import PDF, PPT, DOC, XLS, Keynote(*), Pages(*), Numbers(*), and RTF files from Evernote, Dropbox, Box, GDrive, WebDAV, Email, iTunes, and any app that allows you to open these files types using "Open In…". Export MP4 movies, PDF documents, PNG images, or XPL project files directly from your iPad.


Free language education for the world

Learning languages in Duolingo is completely free – now and forever – with no ads or hidden fees. Wondering how that can be? It’s because you create value by translating real-world documents while you’re learning.

Here’s how it works: Somebody who needs a webpage translated uploads it to Duolingo. That document then gets presented to Duolingo students who can translate it in order to practice the language they are learning. When the document is fully translated, Duolingo returns it to the original content owner who, depending on the type of document they uploaded, pays for the translation.
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Create and share step by step guides

Snapguide is a free iOS app and web service for those that want to create and share step-by-step "how to guides." The service provides easy to understand instructions for a wide array of topics including cooking, gardening, crafts, repairs, do-it-yourself projects, fashion tips, entertaining and more.

Users are invited to create their own guides using the iPhone app. Snap pictures and videos of your project, add captions, and share your guide with the Snapguide community.

Snapguide is also a web app.

Check out one of Boston Children's Hospital's Snapguides on Baclofen Pump Refills



Make your images interactive

Make easy interactive images that come to life for learners. Add audio, video and pop out.

You can sign up for a free education account if you have an .edu email address.



Personal library of research

Your personal library of research
Mendeley is a free reference manager for students and researchers.
Make your own fully-searchable library in seconds, cite as you write, and read & annotate PDFs on any device.

They have great reference materials online too!

Also available as a web app.



Great drawing app for education

ArtStudio is a professional drawing / painting application. This is a great tool when educating. You can upload images and draw right over them. I.e. upload a picture of a colon then draw over it to explain anatomy to a new resident.


Simple, Powerful Video Creation for Everyone

Directr is the easiest way to make great video. Our unique storyboard-driven creation process helps you easily make great video you'll be excited to share.

They also have a business edition which is also great!

Quick QR code

QR Code reader and creator

The quickest and most efficient QR Code reader and creator.

This is a great way to organize and share information.

There is also an online QR code generation that works quite well separate from this app.



Great place to post your podcasts 

Create podcasts easily within the app or use Garageband that comes with the iPad. Great way to share audio, recorded presentations and interviews.

Also available as a web app.


Possibilities are endless!

New apps for creating content are being created daily. The ones outlines are just a few that have been proven helpful in the medical community. Try things out. See what works for you and your organization. Creativity is endless with the right tools!
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what's next?

Technology is advancing!

Great video to show the potential of iBeacons. Imagine if YOUR institution or library was organized using this technology! I see education being incorporated into this as well!

Exciting stuff and it is available in your iPad's iOS!

Contact Info

Feel free to reach out to me if you have an questions or app recommendations.