**** FOR ATTENDEES ONLY ****
The 2016 ALA Annual Conference mobile application allows you to view the schedule, presentations, exhibitors, posters, and speaker details from the conference. Users can take notes adjacent available presentation slides and draw directly on slides inside the app. Note-taking is also available in the posters and exhibitors modules.
Additionally, users can share information with attendees and colleagues with in app messaging, tweeting and emailing.
Version 1.1 has usability updates and minor bug fixes
Ratings and Reviews
Nice intuitive interface covers a buggy app. I liked the fact that it saves slides for all the presentations you star, and is easy to navigate. However, it kept bouncing me out forcing me to go through the login and set up process multiple times. Browsing programs by day forces you to look at every program (the old app let you browse by 2 hour time frames.) I also miss the "what's happening now" feature that let you find programs easily when you suddenly had uncommitted time. The news notifications were also buggy; they didn't go away after reading the news. It's got the foundation but needs work to be really useful.
Very useful to have the program schedule, exhibit hall info, shuttle schedules, maps, and other key info all in one place. The features were promising -- especially the ability to download session slides and posters and take notes in the app. BUT now that the conference is over and I'm back at my office, I went back in to the app to look for a way to download the notes I took and the slides from the sessions I attended, and everything is wiped out! No schedule or anything. Also the app repeatedly forces me to re-enter my login info and re-confirm my acceptance of the EULA, etc. This was extremely aggravating and inconvenient, as it often happened when I was in a hurry to check some detail.
Head of Circulation
By and large, the app was very helpful. It took some getting used to the scheduler and develop some personal work arounds to make sure I could find what I needed. My biggest disappointment, after the fact, was that when I went to download the copious notes that I had taken for one of the presentations (since there hadn't been any slides), the notes were gone. While the up side was the slide presentation was now there, uploading the presentation after the fact pushed all of my notes of things the presenters had said (which weren't necessarily in the slides) were gone.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.