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OPLIN 4Cast #104: MS Book Search, Broadband, 2.0, Land Lines

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

1. End of MS Book Search
It’s all up to Google now…or is it?

2. Keeping us connected
Currently, the US is ranked #15 in worldwide broadband usage. What will it take to get everyone online from wherever they are? Free Broadband? Better wireless?

3. 2.0 is good for what?
Keeping us connected. At least that’s what these articles indicate. We are all more interactive now. We talk about the latest TV episodes on Twitter, have MySpace themes that plaster our opinions of movies and music, and blog about what’s happening around us. Apparently, Web 2.0 is one big water cooler.

4. R.I.P. land lines
Half of world’s population has a mobile device. It’s important to know how to reach your users, and land lines are a dying breed. Is your web site mobile? Are you sending blog, Twitter and MySpace updates regularly?

4Cast #89: E-Books, Librarian Tools, Customer Service, More Green

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

This week’s 4cast:

1.  E-Books: Point, Counterpoint

With recent advancements from Google Books Library Project, Amazon’s Kindle, and others, some are contemplating the future of the once ubiquitous, ever-humble, paper-bound book.

2.  Tools, Plug-Ins, & Apps… for Librarians

Below, a collection of select tools-of-the-trade with which you may or may not be familiar:

3.  Don’t Let the Door Hit Your Customers on Their Way Out

There’s always room for improvement when it comes to customer service, and libraries are no exception.  Online interactions add additional opportunities to serve your users.

4.  Want Some More Green?

Not only is going green good for the community and environment, it can also be a money-saver for libraries on a budget.

OPLIN 4cast #71

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

This week’s 4cast:

1. Google Book Search: Been Pretty Busy

Google Book Search has rolled out some new features, including the ability for users to post clips from public domain works directly onto their websites, and My Library, which allows users to organize and tag their own collection of books online (a’la LibraryThing).

2. Trickle-Down Internet

The Department of Justice has come down firmly against net neutrality, instead supporting a tiered Internet that would allow ISPs to prioritize the traffic of those who can afford it.

3. Who Wants To Be America’s Next Top Librarian Blogger?

The Online Education Database recently published a list of the “Top 25 Bloggers (By the Numbers).” Reactions generally fell somewhere between elation and modesty, with a healthy dose of skepticism.

4. You’re Annoying Her Right Now

Based purely on the amount of dust kicked up in the bibliogosphere, the most popular librarian blog of the moment has to be The Annoyed Librarian. She hates everything Library 2.0, cults and manifestos in general, and “twopointopians” in particular.

OPLIN 4cast #56

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

This week’s 4cast:

1. Don’t Even Think About Making a Copy

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is pressing Congress to pass stricter copyright laws that would increase the scope of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which is already plenty unpopular in the library world. Needless to say, the new proposals have not been well-received, nor have recent calls for eternal copyright.

2. We’ll Get You Next Time, Google

Google continues to roll out new services (like Universal Search) and features (like the new “Find this book in a library” option in Google Book Search) at a mind-numbing pace. But as their list of users continues to expand, so does their list of rivals and naysayers.

3. NPR’s Keeping Tabs on Libraries

In February and again last week, NPR aired programs discussing the evolving role of libraries in the age of digitization, and what the future may hold. You can listen to both programs at the NPR links listed below.

4. The Joost is Nearly Loose

In January it was called the Venice Project, but now it’s called Joost – a new P2PTV service aiming to freely stream television programs online with fewer commercials than regular TV. An impressive list of content partners (CBS, Viacom, CNN, the NHL, etc.) have already signed on, and beta testers are pounding away at it as it prepares to formally launch sometime before the end of the month.