Tag Archives: Apps

New app lets users check out Library materials with their phones

“The University of Chicago Library has launched a new mobile app, Checkout UChicago, that lets users check out Library materials using their phones or tablets.C heckout UChicago allows students, faculty members, staff, and others with borrowing privileges at the University of Chicago Library to scan an item’s barcode with their phone and instantly check it out to their Library account. Students with lockers and faculty members with studies in Regenstein will be able to check out materials and store them without having to bring them to Circulation.” (via The University of Chicago Library News)

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Library Announces Grant Recipients for Educational App Development

“The Library of Congress today announced the selection of two organizations that will receive a total of $489,219 during the next two years to support the development of engaging web- and mobile-based applications on the subjects of Congress and civic participation, for use in K-12 classrooms. These applications, to be completed by the end of the funding period, will be made available to teachers and students at no charge.” (via Library of Congress)

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Android app now offers new ways to browse Wikipedia and find trending, recommended articles

“Wikipedia has been there for the past fifteen years when you needed to search a quick fact, research a topic, or settle a bet. But what about when you’re looking for something interesting to read on the metro, or have a few minutes to browse while you’re on break? The Wikipedia app for Android has been redesigned to not only help you find the information you need now, but also to provide interesting, recommended Wikipedia content to dive into when you have a bit of spare time.” (via Wikimedia Blog)

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Google’s New App Brings Hundreds of Museums to Your Phone

“Not everyone can visit Sicily’s Valley of the Temples, home to some of the world’s oldest examples of classic Greek architecture. Nor can they view the soft colors of Claude Monet’s “Tiger Lilies” in person at Tokyo’s National Museum of Western Art. Despite being made for the masses, art and culture are often inaccessible. Google’s Cultural Institute wants to change that. In the past five years, the initiative has teamed up with more than 1,100 institutions to bring artwork, artifacts, and 360-degree museum tours online. This week, in an update to its Arts & Culture app, the company turns your phone into a powerful portal for accessing and experiencing that art.” (via WIRED)

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The New York Public Library — We’re introducing SimplyE…

“We’re introducing SimplyE, a new app that gives NYPL cardholders the ability to browse, borrow, and read more than 300,000 free e-books from the Library, in just a few steps.” (via NYPL)

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