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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 Webware.com.  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 #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).