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OPLIN 4cast #60

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

This week’s 4cast:

1. The Return of Gorman

Former ALA President Michael Gorman has courted controversy in the past for his openly conservative stances on the library profession and what some regard as his out-of-touch, anti-technology viewpoints. Last week, he stirred the pot again when he wrote a series of posts on the Brittanica Blog called “Web 2.0: The Sleep of Reason” and “The Siren Song of the Internet.”

2. Creating Traffic Detours

Various libraries are using popular online resources like Wikipedia, Facebook, and Twitter to draw attention to special collections on their own websites, thereby increasing exposure, search rankings, and most importantly, overall usage. For examples of one modest approach, look for OPLIN’s links on the following Wikipedia pages: Ohio, Ohio Lands, and Identification of trees of the United States.

3. Misc. (Etc.)

David Weinberger’s new book, Everything Is Miscellaneous, is making a big impact in Libraryland and across the web, and the author has been following up its release with a slew of enlightening (and entertaining) interviews and presentations.

4. Something Wireless This Way Comes?

By February 2009, American analog television broadcasts will be a thing of the past, replaced entirely by digital technology. At that point, broadcasters will be forced to relinquish the 700 MHz broadcast spectrum, which UHF TV currently occupies. The U.S. Senate recently held a hearing to explore how the FCC should reassign this spectrum; some parties want it to become a new pipeline for broadband wireless Internet.

OPLIN 4cast #59

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

This week’s 4cast:

1. Ask Goes 3D (Funny Glasses Not Required)

Does any other search engine stand even a remote chance of becoming as popular as Google? Many users (librarians included) point to Ask.com, which just unveiled a major redesign that some are hailing as the next great, evolutionary step in search.

2. What’s That Search Engine Got That This One Don’t?

Of course, Ask.com and the other “second-tier” search engines are fighting an uphill battle. Not only does Google have deeper reserves, but they’re also entrenched to the point that many searchers aren’t even aware of the alternatives.

3. Please Sir, Might We Digitize Some of Your Manuscripts?

Microsoft’s Live Search Books has been in beta since December, but only recently began adding still-in-copyright content from a slew of major publishers. The difference between them versus Google Book Search or Amazon’s Search Inside the Book? Why, Microsoft asked permission!

4. The Twits Are Getting Louder

It was still unclear back in March, but Twitter seems to be catching on across the ‘Net, signaling the dawn of another trend – micro-blogging.

OPLIN 4cast #47

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

This week’s 4cast:

1. Viacom to Google: This YouTube Thing’s Gonna Cost Ya

When Google purchased YouTube late last year, there was some speculation that big-time copyright-infringement lawsuits would soon follow. Viacom, the entertainment giant that owns a number of networks aimed at younger audiences, has decided to start small – one billion dollars.

2. No One Needs to Know What You Googled Years Ago

Perhaps looking to stave off more potential lawsuits (or government subpoenas), Google has revised their privacy policy, promising users that they will obfuscate search data after 18 to 24 months, so that users will no longer be easily matched up with their search requests.

3. Search, Frown, Edit, Repeat, Smile

The creator of Wikipedia has a new project underway called Search Wikia – a search engine that will allow users to freely edit and (in theory) improve its results.

4. What Are You Doing? How About Now? Now? Still There? Now?

Everybody’s twitterin’ about Twitter. In fact, few recent trends have divided the library world so starkly.