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OPLIN 4Cast #126:RSS readers, 2008, 2009, Online RA

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

1. RSS readers — how do you chose?
This article from the Washington Post evaluates four readers to help you determine which one will best suit your needs.  Here are the addresses for the four readers discussed:

2. Readers Advisory – online style
There are many online ways to track what your readers have read or want to read.  Besides the OPLIN about:books service (which aggregates many popular online RA sites), there’s LibraryThing, Shelfari, and now Reading Trails, which was all the buzz in the Twitterverse yesterday.  These services also provide readers advisory, a core library service.  How about creating your own online RA service?  From audio, to video to a simple list of staff favorites, here are some good examples of how you can use technology to promote your collection.

3. Thinking back…

4. Moving forward…

OPLIN 4Cast #95: Monitoring productivity, OpenSocial, OverDrive w/iPods, LibraryThing

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

1. Can a bigger monitor (or dual monitors!) make you more productive?
From Lifehacker: “The Wall Street Journal reports on a recent study that asked whether more screen real estate gave workers the ability to do things faster and better. Workers were given either an 18-inch or 24-inch monitor, and the researchers found that people using the 24-inch screen completed the tasks 52% faster than people who used the 18-inch monitor; people who used the two 20-inch monitors were 44% faster than those with the 18-inch ones. There is an upper limit, however: Productivity dropped off again when people used a 26-inch screen.”

2. Playing nicely together: Yahoo, Google, & MySpace working on OpenSocial project
Online interaction is more productive, and let’s face it, more FUN when you can EASILY interact with your friends and colleagues across multiple social websites.
OpenSocial is setting the standard for all of the existing and future social networking sites so they can all play nicely together.

3. Speaking of standardizing applications, OverDrive seems to be working overtime.  Bring on the iPods!

4. What’s that LibraryThing?
The 4Cast has briefly touched on LibraryThing in the past, but it’s prominently making library news once again now that Tim “Metadata Man” Spalding has been named as one of the LJ “Movers and Shakers”.

OPLIN 4cast #40

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

This week’s 4cast:

1. Are Libraries Part of the DRM Problem?

A blogger at Wired recently wrote a post complaining about OverDrive audiobooks, which can be checked out from the public library for free, but also come with Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology that prevents the borrower from making their own copies. The post set off a long chain of comments debating the appropriateness of DRM in this context, and numerous responses from the library world.

2. Respect the Techies

Is there tension between your library’s IT department and everyone else in the building? Karen Schneider recently wrote an article on how non-techie library staff can work collaboratively and cooperatively with their techies.

3. Google to Librarians: Not the Other Way Around?

Google’s librarian outreach team recently debuted the Librarian Central Blog, which grew out of their quarterly Librarian Newsletter. Reaction from the library community was initially critical because Google did not allow comments on the blog. Comments have since been enabled (an exception to the rule of most Google-run blogs), but that hasn’t eased skepticism about Google’s attitude towards libraries.

4. BookSwim Dives Into the Netflix Pool

There has been a lot of discussion in the past year about libraries adopting a Netflix-type delivery model for books. While libraries continue to talk about dipping their toes in the water, a new service called BookSwim is taking the plunge.