Wednesday, June 15, 2016

NJLA 2016 Conference Talks

Beyond the CE: Cultivating Your Personal Learning Network

We live in a constantly changing world, and this does not stop at the library doors. There are more continuing education opportunities than ever ranging from Conferences and Unconferences to web sites, blogs, podcasts and social media. Everyone's personal learning network takes a different form, and this panel representing public, school and academic libraries will explore the broad landscape of professional development opportunities for librarians.


  • Joyce Valenza, Ph.D., Rutgers University
  • Robin Rockman, Youth Services Librarian, Oradell Free Public Library
  • Valerie Forrestal, Web Services Librarian, College of Staten Island
  • Alyssa Valenti, Electronic Resources & Web Services Librarian, Raritan Valley Community College
  • Theresa Agostinelli, Moderator


The Cats Are Herding Us: Neko Atsume and Mobile Usability*

Neko Atsume, a popular mobile app for smart phones and tablets, was an international hit despite the fact that gameplay was originally directed entirely in Japanese. This presentation assesses the usability of this app using Jakob Nielsen's "5 Aspects of Usability," as well as research on interface design for low-literacy users, in order to point out techniques for designing user-friendly mobile applications.

*part of the NJLA Ignite: Ideas that Inspire program organized by Allen McGinley