TCEA 2015
Technology for the Library

Jeanine Boyett

Social Media Options

Pinterest is a social media tool based on recommendations and works like a virtual pinboard. You can collect a ton of visuals to tell your story and users browse your pinboard. Lots of libraries are exploring how to use Pinterest to promote their work.

Use Pinterest to pin book covers in order to showcase your collection. Set up boards to show case genres, new releases, book club selections and more.

There are just four steps for using this mobile app.

  1. Take a photo with your phone or tablet.
  2. Add a filter: For example, Inkwell to create a black and white photo, or 1977 to give it that old Polaroid feel.
  3. Add a caption.
  4. Share with your friends and networks.

Instagram creates some interesting opportunities in a world where visual storytelling is the most powerful form of marketing. At the secondary level, most if not all of your students are using Instagram accounts outside of school. Many of your parents have accounts, too. Why not create a library account to promote what's happening in your world? You can use Instagram share new releases, book clubs, upcoming book fairs and more! Have students promote their favorite reads, share projects from class and so much more! They say a picture is worth a thousand words......give it a try!

Also available as apps in the iTunes and Google Play Stores

10 Interesting Ways to Use Instagram in the Library

Getting started with Instagram


This is an extremely easy to use social media tool. Have you ever said something witty and only the walls are listening? Now you can tweet your witticisms out--along with any other 140 character headlines, newsflashes, and quick tips. All you have to do is get patrons to follow you. Think signage. And contests where they have to "follow" you to win.or

#librarychat - consider a weekly opportunity for students and teacher to chat about new book releases, book clubs, school events and maybe even a slow chat. A slow chat would allow students and staff to spend the day (or a few hours) talking about books, favorite characters, dynamic plots and more.

This can be your virtual gathering place, news feed and photo album--all for free. Just be sure to keep up with it. Many "fans" and "followers" lose interest if you are not updating frequently and providing current material—sort of sounds like your print collection, right?

100 Ways to Use Twitter in Your Library The 21 day twitter challenge Twitter Twitter Search Tips - mashable Popular Library HashTags

Living Tree

LivingTree provides a private, secure collaboration network. Districts, schools, teachers, and other organizations can send alerts, manage volunteers, share messages, photos, files, calendar events, and more - all in a single, private and secure place, wherever you are.

Augmented Reality

An augmented reality tool allows you to overlay images and videos as your student’s tablet or smart phone scans an area or item. Aurasma (one of the most popular apps) allows you to select a “trigger” image like your circulation desk, library stacks, or even a photo, and then magic happens! As students scan an area you have set up your library with a device, an “aura” will appear. An overlay is revealed on top of what the phone/tablet is scanning. The cool part is that the layer can be an animation, a video, or even a URL. It can be a very Harry Potterlike experience—scanning a poster or bulletin board can give the impression that the images themselves are coming to life!

Create images throughout the library to showcase your resources, and to instruct in the use of library devices. For example, if a student scans a smart phone over the circulation computer, a brief “how-to” video appears, giving instructions on how to search for materials. Student work can be displayed, animated book trailers created , ..... the possibilities are endless.

Bring books to "life" with Augmented Reality Tools!

Augmented Reality Resources for the Library

Apps: Aurasma- Apple           Layar - Apple

Aurasma - Android           Layar - Android

Creating an AR in Aurasma

Augmented Reality Tutorial

More Ways to use AR in School


This app has unlimited possibilities. First you need to know the Aurasma Language.


Augmented Reality: Making items "come to life".

Aura: Auras are augmented reality actions - images, videos, 3D animations or even games that appear when you point your mobile device at a real world image or object.

Each Aura is created by tying together two different pieces of information:

  • The trigger image or object which should cause the Aura to appear, for example a poster on a wall.
  • The overlay that is inserted into the world when you view the Aura, for example a video or animation.

To create an Aura you just need to pick one trigger image and one overlay, then decide where exactly the overlay will appear on the image.

Trigger Image: A trigger image is one of the basic building blocks of an Aura. It is an image uploaded to our databases that will be detected when a user views it through the camera. When it is detected, an overlay will appear.

For example if you wanted a photo of yourself on the beach to launch a video from your holiday whenever you point your smartphone at it, then you would set the photo of yourself as the trigger image (and your holiday video as the overlay).

Overlay: Overlays are images, videos, animations or even 3D models that appear whenever Aurasma sees an image that it recognizes. For example if you want a photo of you on the beach to play a video from your holiday whenever you point your smartphone at it then you would set your holiday video as the overlay (and the photo of you as the trigger image).

Some Auras can have multiple overlays. For example, one overlay could be a video, and the second could be an image of a button saying "Click here for Special Offers!". See the Auras help for more details.

Channel(s): In order to get content that is of interest to them, users search for and subscribe to particular channels. This could be a channel that brings their favorite magazine to life, or one that overlays information on signs and pictures at a museum.

All Auras must therefore be placed in a channel, and your users will only get to see your Auras by subscribing to the relevant channels. When making your own applications, you can automatically subscribe all users to your channels by default.

Life Cycle of a Butterfly

AR FlashCards - Alphabet & Space

AR Flashcards are a new way to interact and make Flashcards more entertaining for toddlers and preschoolers. With AR Flashcards, learning is fun! When you point your device at the printed flashcard a beautifully rendered 3D animal will pop up on the screen. Tap the animal to hear the letter and animal name.

Free version: AR Flashcards - Animal Alphabet - Ages Toddler - Kindergarten This set also includes 6 Dinosaur cards. It it recommended that the cards are printed in color for the best results. You must download the AR Flashcards Alphabet App for the cards to be viewed.

Paid version: AR Flashcards - Space - $2.99 - With AR Flashcards Space, learning is fun! When you point your device at the printed flashcard a beautifully rendered 3D planetary object will pop up on the screen. Tap the planetary object to hear the name. Tap the info button to hear interesting facts!

Download and print the flashcards @

QR Codes in the Library

QR, or Quick Response Codes are used for a variety of purposes. In education, one of the best ways to use a QR code is to get information out to our students quickly. There are lots of options for using QR codes, but the best part is they are easy to create......and students love to use them. QR codes allow you to add audio, video, web links, and more.

Word Lens - now Google Translator App- Android or Apple

Word Lens is an augmented reality translation application now a Google Translation app. This app uses the built-in cameras on smartphones and similar devices to quickly scan and identify foreign text (such as that found in a sign or a menu), and then translate and display the words in another language on the device's display. The words are displayed in the original context on the original background, and the translation is performed in real-time without connection to the internet. For example, using the viewfinder of a camera to show a shop sign on a smartphone's display will result in a real-time image of the shop sign being displayed, but the words shown on the sign will be the translated words instead of the original foreign words.


Canva makes design simple for everyone. Create designs for Web or print: blog graphics, presentations, Facebook covers, flyers, posters, invitations and so much more. It's even an iPad App!

Websites, Blogs, & Wikis

Creating your own YouTube Channel

YouTube is an online video hosting service that lets people share their videos. Businesses, schools and individuals use YouTube to share or find videos, including entertainment, promotions and instructions. YouTube enables people around the world to interact, share and create content through online communities.

Because of its popularity with teens, and YouTube's many features, it can be a useful way to market your library.

Consider videos for:

  • Book check out procedures (self check out)
  • How to connect to the school the Wifi
  • How to use the card catalog to find your book
  • Basic library procedures
  • Log in procedures for the library database resources
  • How to utilize databases
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Proper Citation