Archive for the 'Web 2.0' Category

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?

OPLIN 4Cast #102: Aggregation, Library of Congress Goes Tech, Online Searching, Blogging Help

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

1. Are you aggregated?
Several major companies have launched new data portability sites recently, all in the hopes that you will use them as your aggregator for all things social.

2. What’s the Library of Congress up to these days?
The LOC is 208 years old today. Even in it’s old age, it’s tech savvy.

3. There is more to conducting a search than Google
The users are changing, the technology is changing, the sources are changing.

4. Blogs are WORK.
It doesn’t matter if you are writing or reading blogs, they can be very time consuming. Why put forth the effort? Stats really aren’t available for most blogging software, so we just assume people are reading what we have to say. Here are some tips on making the whole process a little more efficient.

4Cast #91: Library Hybrids, Librarian Profession, Free, Webware

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

This week’s 4cast:

1.  It Ain’t Your Grandma’s Library.

Libraries are offering more and more services inside and outside of their walls, allowing them to better serve their communities in creative and practical ways.

2.  Does Being a Librarian Still Mean What It Used To?

Across the globe, the library profession seems to be undergoing harsh scrutiny from administration, raising the question of whether or not today’s librarians perform work that is less complex than their predecessors.

3.  Libraries Do It For Free.

And have for generations.  ‘Nuff said.

4.  2.0 PR Materials for Libraries.

WOW your users with  It’s a great source for adding spice to your presentation, graphics and web pages.  Here are some recent posts (which are also available by RSS) that will make your PR materials stand out.  Webware also reviews new software, offers new widgets to make you more productive, and writes about technology trends that could be requested by your customers.

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.

4Cast #87: Library 2.0, LTR, Social Media, Gaming

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

This week’s 4cast:

  1. Co-Opting Library 2.0

Technology brings challenges, of course, but how much 2.0 does a library really need?  Are important issues being ignored for the sake of all that is L2-centric?

  1. Library Technology Reports

Meredith Farkas of Information Wants to be Free, shares some hand-picked ALA Library Technology Reports and two projects of note:

  1. Social Media Adoption for Your Library: Yay or Nay?

Social networking can help increase a library’s online visibility, but it requires staff time and effort.  Below, some thoughts and objections on the value of networking in the virtual arena:

  1. Gaming Continues to Gain Acceptance in Libraries

Board games, putt-putt golf, and video games are turning up in libraries across the country as a means to raise money, increase awareness, and draw in library users of all ages.

4Cast #84: 2008, Wikia Search, Netscape, Teens

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

This week’s 4cast:

  1. Library/Web 2.0/Tech Predictions for 2008

It’s officially 2008, and along with the New Year come predictions of the technologies (web, library, otherwise) that will make it big in ’08.

  1. Wikia Search Goes Alpha

On January 7, Wikipedia creator Jimmy Wales launched the alpha version of Wikia Search, a search engine that allows users to rank results, thereby increasing relevancy for subsequent searches.

  1. Netscape No More

Netscape Navigator, once the go-to browser for over 90% of web users, will no longer be supported by AOL (its current owner) beginning February 1, 2008. The Netscape Team encourages users to download Mozilla Firefox instead.

  1. Teens & Technology: They’re Savvier Than You Think

Now more than ever, teens are embracing the “conversational nature of interactive online media.” This behavior creates a new platform on which to serve teen customers.

OPLIN 4cast #74

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

This week’s 4cast:

1. Technology’s Elusive Rewards

So your library spends plenty of time researching, testing, and implementing new technology, but the results are never quite what you had hoped for. How do you really know when a shiny, new technology is the right one for you?

2. Your Own Worst Enemy

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and several recent surveys suggest that the single biggest threat to any organization’s computers are the computer users themselves.

3. See You at the Office (Online)

More people are abandoning their traditional desktop word processing and spreadsheet applications for free, web-based ones. Google Docs leads the pack, but Adobe and others are also joining the race. Microsoft is now beginning to think about an online version of Office.

4. Death to Vista; Long Live XP?

Meanwhile, given the lackluster adoption rate of the Vista operating system, Microsoft is now allowing PC manufacturers to continue offering Windows XP to their customers (at least for a while).

OPLIN 4cast #61

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

This week’s 4cast:

1. The Digital Natives Are Restless

At the ALA Annual Conference (wrapping up this week in Washington D.C.), librarians were given some advice about appealing to a generation raised on the Internet – to understand these digital natives, you must immerse yourself in their culture. And that means social networking, tagging, and -gasp- gaming.

2. The Only Thing to Fear is the Sound of Crickets

Is your library afraid of the digital natives and their cacophonous culture? What about when they become taxpayers and voters?

3. Oh OPAC, What Are We To Do With You?

Anytime a library blogger mentions the sorry state of the OPAC, everyone piles on. But strong ideas on how to fix the OPAC have been slow to emerge. Recently, the Phoenix Public Library unveiled their new website/catalog combo, as an example of one approach.

4. Where Money Flows, Taxes Follow

While their constituents enjoy the free exchange of ideas and services on the Internet, some lawmakers see a potential source of revenue in the government’s net.

OPLIN 4cast #54

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

This week’s 4cast:

1. Oh Dewey, You Old Coot

In his new book, Everything Is Miscellaneous, David Weinberger argues that the Internet and the onset of inherently chaotic organizational models (like tagging), are destroying traditional, structured, straightforward methodologies of describing things (i.e. traditional librarianship).

2. There’s Still Time To Be Ahead of the Pack

The latest report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project (PDF) report focuses on Internet usage among American adults, and finds that as the geeks obsess over Web 2.0, most of us still haven’t mastered Web 1.0.

3. Introducing the 21st Century Mob

Last week, an anonymous hacker, who was having trouble playing a lawfully purchased HD-DVD movie, managed to crack the hidden, 16-digit “key” that unlocks the DRM technology built into all HD-DVDs. When this number was posted on various websites, the group owning that technology (AACS) sent letters threatening to sue any site relaying the number. Outraged netizens responded by taking over the popular community-driven news website Digg, publishing the secret code anywhere they could, and provoking the legal wrath of the AACS.

4. Do Dusty Bytes Just Disappear?

When a book goes out of print, an old copy (or three) is probably preserved somewhere in a library. But what happens when a blogger stops writing? Or an article only available online disappears? Librarians and archivists are worried about a potential “digital dark age.”

OPLIN 4cast #53

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

This week’s 4cast:

1. Frustration 2.0

Now that this year’s Computers In Libraries conference is over, some attendees may find that the exciting Library 2.0 ideas they enthusiastically embraced in Virginia are being met by Barriers 2.0 at home.

2. Wherefore Art Thou, eBooks?

So this eBook thing isn’t exactly catching fire, and there seem to be a lot of reasons why.

3. Could I Interest You Folks in Some Web-Based Apps?

As web-based applications (like Google’s everexpanding suite) become more powerful and feature-rich, will companies and organizations abandon their traditional desktop applications and conduct all of their business online?

4. Bad Wikipedia! Stop Being So Useful!

The latest report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project finds that 36% of American adults who use the Internet also consult Wikipedia. It’s also listed as the top “educational and reference website” with 24% of total usage.