Atlas Companion iPad App

On this page you will find information on the iPad companion app, as well as background on how the app was made. The purpose of this app is two-fold: to give you something of use in engaging with the Atlas of New Librarianship, and to show you what one person can do with $400 worth of software and no ability to program in C.

I do all of this to show that you can too. Librarians don’t have to become computer scientists to take advantage of the new mobile tools. To be sure, talented and dedicated programmers can make better apps – and to be equally sure there are librarians out there that already are. You need to be there too: able to rapidly prototype, specify and meet short-term needs online.

Libraries are places of conversation and learning. They are places to create knowledge, and increasingly that means building software and apps. Whereas 100 years ago we helped scholars write books, today we can help scholars, housewives, small businesses, and students create apps.

This is my app. It is not perfect. It is not the future of ebooks I have talked about in the past. It is instead an example. Join me in making it better.


Link to App support page with link to the App Store


Walk through of the App:


The app was created in LiveCode. You can get more information on LiveCode with this link.

There are great tutorials on basic to advanced development here: http://www.runrev.com/developers/lessons-and-tutorials/tutorials/