Available Until 7/28/2027

Literature Surveillance Apps: Tools for the next generation of Table of Contents notification services


For more information or to schedule this course, please contact Maureen "Molly" Knapp <mknapp2@tulane.edu>.

"Literature surveillance tools" refer to apps that provide customized table of contents monitoring services for mobile devices. These tools offer a way to keep up with current tables of contents on a tablet or phone via push notifications. This 2 hour face-to-face course offers an overview of the current literature monitoring apps available. Participants will be introduced to new ways to monitor and read journal table of contents, as well as access the full text on a mobile device. Hands on practice will show participants how to install, customize and access full text in the apps. Afterwards, group discussions will examine the advantages and challenges of each app, as well as brainstorm ways to promote them in the library. Up to 3 iPads will be available for hands-on practice. Users are encouraged to bring their own web-enabled mobile device to install and sample the apps themselves.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

- compare literature surveillance apps currently on the market

- discuss advantages and challenges of using and supporting literature surveillance apps

- strategize ways to market apps to patrons


0:00-0:15 - Introductions, Housekeeping
0:15-0:45 - Overview of apps (currently: Browzine, QxRead, DocPhin, DocWise, ReadCube but may change depending on new apps not yet available)
0:45-1:15 - Hands-on Practice (individuals can install on personal devices at this time, 3 preloaded iPads will also be available for exploration) 
1:15-1:30 - Discussion - challenges and advantages 
1:30-1:45 - Discussion - marketing and promotion 
1:45-2:00 - Questions, Wrap up, Conclusion

Facility Requirements

Wifi, dry erase board or easel, paper, markers for brainstorming & sharing group work.


MLA CE Credits: 2