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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?

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 #86: Google Gen, LOC & Flickr, MySpace, Blogs

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

This week’s 4cast:

  1. Google Generation?  I Guess Not….

A new study puts an end to the common assumption that the “Google Generation” (those brought up in the age of the Internet) is the most web-savvy.

  1. Library of Congress & Flickr: Getting the Pictures to the People

The Library of Congress and Flickr, the ubiquitous photo-sharing website, have introduced a project that seeks to allow better access to LOC image collections.

  1. MySpace & Safety

Social networking site MySpace has been making the news lately after agreeing to implement a broad set of guidelines geared towards protecting the many underage users of the site.

  1. Library Blogs: What to Read

Reading library-related blogs can help you keep up with the ever-changing and fast-paced world of library science and information technology.  And admittedly, sometimes, non-library-related blogs help, too.

4Cast #85: Sharing Data, Banning Google, Wikia Search Review, Future of Libraries

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

 This week’s 4cast:

  1. Sharing Data: Google & Facebook Join DataPortability.org 

The mission of DataPortability is to allow personal data (the kind found on social networking sites) to be shared among selected tools and vendors.  The addition of Google and Facebook will likely mean that users will be able to access this data (media and friends) across multiple social networking sites and applications.

  1. Banning Google & Wikipedia?

A University of Brighton professor has caused quite a stir after insisting that her students use their “own brains” as research tools instead of Google and Wikipedia. 

  1. More On Wikia Search

Last week we took our first look at the unveiling of Wikia Search, a search engine that many users claim will impose competition to Google and an overall change to “search” as we know it.

  1. The Future Is Ours…

Simply put: the future of libraries is changing.  Below, some thoughts and ideas about where our beloved and evolving industry is headed:

OPLIN 4cast #57

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

This week’s 4cast:

1. Facebook Opens Up, Makes MySpace Look Bad

Facebook, the social networking website originally aimed at college students (but now open to everyone), recently made its API available to third-party developers, allowing anyone to create applications that can be used on Facebook pages. Some observers are predicting that more users will ditch the uptight confines of MySpace.

2. LibraryThing & WorldCat Local Introduce Guinea Pigs

Both LibraryThing for Libraries (a service that allows libraries to enhance their OPACs with LibraryThing stuff) and WorldCat Local (a service that allows libraries to enhance their OPACs with WorldCat stuff) are now beta-testing in the wild.

3. Congress to FCC: Faster! Faster!

Recently, the FCC has been taking it on the chin (see item 4) due to their questionable methods of measuring broadband availability. Congress is now realizing that American broadband looks pretty lousy compared to most developed nations, and is taking steps to improve the national broadband outlook. The first step? Updating the definition of “broadband.”

4. Be Cool, Stay in Library School?

So are MLS students being taught the right kinds of skills? It’s only the future of the profession at stake, after all.

OPLIN 4cast #52

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

This week’s 4cast:

1. WorldCat Local’s Out of the Bag

OCLC has announced a new pilot service called WorldCat Local, which aims to integrate portions of the WorldCat service (and interface) into local library catalogs. Is the traditional OPAC on the way out?

2. As the Social Network Turns…

The debate over the perceived dangers of social networking sites like MySpace seems to be taking a turn, as some recent studies suggest that MySpace is actually a pretty safe place for the kids to visit. Two LIS students in Illinois are conducting their own Library MySpace Study.

3. The Vista is Not Nearly As Beautiful As Had Been Anticipated

Windows Vista continues to inspire invective from both users and security experts. Dell’s decision to go back to Windows XP on some of their computers, taken together with several other recent developments, does not seem to bode well for Vista’s eventual acceptance by the marketplace.

4. FCC Finally Notices the Digital Divide

According to the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the FCC is required to keep tabs on broadband deployment in the US and make sure that as it progresses, the competition is fair and the rules are followed. But some parties (including the Government Accountability Office on several occasions) have criticized the FCC’s methodology in defining and determining what broadband access looks like. The FCC is now admitting that as this country continues to fall behind the rest of the world in broadband access, there may have been some problems with fudgy numbers and misinformation.