Title: Glmps
Platform: iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad2. Requires iOS 4.2 or later.
Cost: Free

glimps logoThe Glmps website states, “GLMPS is a magical way to share life” and it actually is. The idea of the app is simple. Take a photo with your device and Glimps not only takes that photo but it also shoots a few seconds of video of what’s going on as you take that photo. For example, in the photo below, I took a picture of sidewalk construction in New York City.

The image includes the still as well as a short video clip that shows the construction workers doing their jobs. You can click on the inset image to switch the main view from still photo to video and back again.

Glmps is easy to use. Point and shoot is really all it takes and then once the photo is shot users are given the option to post to a variety of social networks including Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. Once a photo is posted on a social site it’s possible to like it on Glimps, write a comment about it, and email a link to the photo, as well as continue to share it on Facebook and Twitter. Glimps users are given a web page which stores all of their photos. For example, my Glimps page is available.

share screen on GlimpsI did wish is it was possible to email or save a photo without posting to a social site first. There were some photos that I took that I didn’t want to post but I did want to keep as a reminder of something, or simply to have a record of the photo or event.

In the library setting Glimps could be a great way for teens to record a variety of activities. Teens might take pictures of each other with Glimps as they spend leisure time in the library. The image would of course include the still but also a short snippet of active activity and maybe even conversation. It would also be perfect for scheduled events from teen advisory group meetings to more formal programs. Teens take a photo of something happening at an event and get a bit of a bonus with some video of what was going on when that image was taken.

If you give teens a chance to try out Glimps I would bet they would come up with a variety of ideas for uses. Try it and see.

About Linda W Braun

Linda W Braun is a YALSA Past President, the YALSA CE Consultant, and a learning consultant/project management coordinator at LEO: Librarians & Educators Online.

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