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OPLIN 4cast #65

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

This week’s 4cast:

1. ‘Net Neutrality Remains in Neutral (For Now)

The debate over net neutrality continues. While proponents believe that a neutral, non-tiered Internet allows the public to shape and control what happens online, telecommunications companies argue that increasing bandwidth demands justify their wanting to prioritize the traffic they deliver. On their side, the entertainment industry sees greater control by ISPs as a way to fight copyright infringement. It’s unclear how the government really feels about it.

2. Google & Telcos Fighting for Air

The fight over what will become of the 700-MHz broadcast spectrum (see 4cast #60, item 4) is intensifying. Google would like to see it turned into a national wireless network that allows anyone to use any mobile device to access it (probably because they’ll be selling one). But the major telcos don’t want to lose control over how their wireless devices are used. The FCC is due to set some ground rules today.

3. We’re the Government & We’re Here to Parent You

The U.S. Senate held hearings last week about children’s online safety, and while some commenters have jumped all over their bipartisan call for universal Internet filtering, others suggest that it was only one part of a more nuanced discussion about information literacy.

4. The Kids Are All Wired

Meanwhile, all evidence suggests that when it comes to the Internet and technology in general, the kids are many, many bytes ahead of the grown-ups.

OPLIN 4cast #41

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007

This week’s 4cast:

1. Check the Tags

According to a recent report by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, more and more Internet users are using tags to describe online content, and in general, tagging is becoming increasingly integral to the organization of the Web.

2. One Librarian Laments, Others Wonder Why

A librarian recently wrote a piece for the Washington Post about how difficult it is to convince younger readers to read actual books, and fears that the library world’s increasing focus on electronic resources and information literacy is partially to blame.

3. Google’s Library Keeps Getting Bigger

Prominent libraries continue to open their collections to the Google Book Search Library Project, but not without controversy and opposition from other libraries, authors, publishers, and of course, the lawyers. Many people are wondering if Google is gearing up to jump into the e-book market.

4. The Big Screen Keeps Getting Smaller

Netflix, Blockbuster, and now Wal-Mart are all scrambling to dominate the burgeoning digital movie downloads industry. Some libraries are taking tentative steps in this area with products like MyLibraryTV.

OPLIN 4cast #29

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

This week’s 4cast:

1. A Nation of Information Illiterates?

According to a recent study, only 13 percent of high school and college students were found to have adequate information literacy skills (i.e. were able to find needed information, and separate what was useful and what was not). Meanwhile, educators and librarians continue to argue (with each other and themselves) over the best way to teach these skills.

2. Screencasting = Slick Training

Screencasting refers to the process of recording what’s happening on a computer screen, and then accompanying it with voiceover narration. Many libraries are using screencasts for training videos and software tutorials. Click here to download a screencast OPLIN produced about how to filter spam in Microsoft Outlook.

3. Flickr Really Satisfies Libraries

Lots of libraries are using Flickr, the popular photo sharing website, to showcase their libraries, promote programs, snazz up presentations, and more. Now, there’s even an official Libraries and Librarians Flickr group.

4. Organize Your Info with Zotero

Zotero is a free Firefox 2 extension designed to allow students (or info junkies) to easily organize and keep track of their web-based research.