Innovative Tools and Apps: What's Hot


About The Webinar

Are there interesting new tools and/or apps emerging that are revolutionizing the work being done by scholars, researchers, and students? This event will convene a variety of information community professionals to talk about the tool or app that they know to be indispensable to either themselves or their community. What does it do? Why is it important? What else do you wish it did? And what does this resource portend for the future?

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Marisa Hughes, Taxonomist, American Psychological Association;
  • Jennifer Leffler, Associate Professor and Technical Services Manager, University of Northern Colorado;
  • Ranti Junus, Systems Librarian, Michigan State University
  • Elizabeth German, Assistant Professor and Services Design Librarian, Texas A & M University;
  • Jeff Lang, Assistant Director, Platform Development, American Chemical Association (ACS); 

Event Sessions

APA Online Dictionary of Psychology: The Official Guide to the Lexicon of Psychology


In April, APA proudly launched the online APA Dictionary of Psychology resource tool -- the result of a year-long project to design and develop a new visual interface for the Dictionary content, incorporating UI and UX features, along with SEO. With more than 25,000 entries across 90 subfields of psychology, the dictionary provides search, browse, word of the day, and social sharing functionality. With the primary goal of making the content accessible and free to the public, the resource tool provides an exciting opportunity to unite product design with the mission of APA -- to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people's lives.  Possible future applications include: the development of an Alexa skill dictionary app, integration into sitewide navigation, term-specific related content, and further integration into APA Style Central and upcoming digital learning tools.

Kopernio: The Search Tool Browser Plug-In


Jennifer Leffler

Interim Assistant Dean and Technical Services Manager
University Libraries, University of Northern Colorado

Kopernio is a browser plug-in. It searches for pdf copies of articles. Users can associate their accounts with library credentials to have one-click access to articles without needing to authenticate each time. Kopernio is owned by Clarivate Analytics.

(Re)Exploring the potential of Google Expeditions


Ranti Junus

Systems Librarian for Electronic Resources
Michigan State University

Built for a classroom use or a small group, Google Expeditions offers a series of field trips virtually through collections of 360° and 3D images. When the app is run collectively, the teacher can lead the group to discuss various point of interests. Although this is not a brand new offering from Google, the potential of this app is still intriguing. 

Gamar: Adding Layers to Library Instruction Through Augmented Reality


ACS Mobile: An App in Adolescence


Jeff Lang

Assistant Director, Platform Development
American Chemical Society (ACS)

Unlike rock stars, most old apps fade away.  The ACS Mobile app has defied the odds with steady growth even 8 years after launch.  What made this app successful and what new challenges arise for an app from the earliest days of the mobile revolution?  Insights from a skunk-works project that earned a lasting place on your phone’s homescreen.

Additional Information

  • Cancellations made by May 30, 2018 will receive a refund, less a $35 cancellation. After that date, there are no refunds.

  • Registrants will receive detailed instructions about accessing the virtual conference via e-mail the Friday prior to the event. (Anyone registering between Monday and the close of registration will receive the message shortly after the registration is received, within normal business hours.) Due to the widespread use of spam blockers, filters, out of office messages, etc., it is your responsibility to contact the NISO office if you do not receive login instructions before the start of the webinar.

  • If you have not received your Login Instruction e-mail by 10 a.m. (ET) on the day before the virtual conference, please contact the NISO office at for immediate assistance.

  • Registration is per site (access for one computer) and includes access to the online recorded archive of the conference. You may have as many people as you like from the registrant's organization view the conference from that one connection. If you need additional connections, you will need to enter a separate registration for each connection needed.

  • If you are registering someone else from your organization, either use that person's e-mail address when registering or contact to provide alternate contact information.

  • Conference presentation slides and Q&A will be posted to this event webpage following the live conference.

  • Registrants will receive an e-mail message containing access information to the archived conference recording within 48 hours after the event. This recording access is only to be used by the registrant's organization.

For Online Events

  • You will need a computer for the presentation and Q&A.

  • Audio is available through the computer (broadcast) and by telephone. We recommend you have a set-up for telephone audio as back-up even if you plan to use the broadcast audio as the voice over Internet isn't always 100% reliable.