From 2014-2016, the National Networks of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region ran the Mobile App Experience Project. This project provided funds for health science librarians to purchase apps via iTunes or Google Play. In exchange, participants were asked to thoroughly evaluate each app and share their experience in using them with the library community. Evaluators were equipped with an App Evaluation Report Form (AERF) to help develop a systematic and critical evaluation of mobile apps. The AERF guided the users to report on an app's: authority of information sources; accuracy and objectivity; currency of information; organization and usability; and purpose. After completing the project, participants were asked to respond to a brief questionnaire about their experience.
This paper will cover the basics of the project, its challenges and successes, and suggestions for how academic librarians could establish a similar project into their college or university.
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Lillich, Alicia C. and Bramble, John
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