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OPLIN 4Cast #113: Knol, Blog ideas, Generosity in SL, WoW librarians

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Special note – The OPLIN 4Cast will be on vacation for the next two weeks.

1. Knol – A unit of knowledge, an authoritative article about a specific topic.  In other words, possible competition for Wikipedia.

2.  Blog Ideas
If you’re new to blogging or would like to add some new life to your RSS reader, here are some places to get feeds, hints and tips.

3.  Generosity in Second Life
Second Life is more than just a place to hang out.

4. WoW Librarians
Speaking of virtual worlds, librarians now have a presence in World of Warcraft.  WoW.

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.

OPLIN 4Cast #101: Ban Second Life? Backscatter, Spam is 30, Xobni

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

1. Virtual worlds in the hot seat
As reported in the 4Cast last week, there are 100+ youth-oriented virtual worlds in existence. With that kind of availability comes vulnerability. One Congressman wants to stop children from accessing these sites in schools and libraries. Below are the links to Congressman Kirk’s (IL) statements and the recent congressional hearings on virtual communities.

2. Now there’s a term for it – “backscattered”.
You open your in-box and you see LOTS of bounced or “return to sender” type messages, so you open one to see what could have possibly come back to you. The thing is, you didn’t send out any pharmaceutical ads, or lottery announcements, or Louis Vuitton ads, or other such spam. Unfortunately, people will use random valid e-mail addresses (sometimes even a librarian’s!) to send out their spam and when their messages reach invalid addresses, it gets bounced to you.

3. Happy birthday, spam!
Spammers love it, users hate it, poetry is written with it, and it’s 30 years old.

4. Xobni
From our Twitter feed…Xobni, or spelled backward, Inbox, is a plug-in for Microsoft Outlook 2003/2007 running on Windows XP/Vista. Basically, it indexes all of your e-mail messages in a more user-friendly way. What’s really cool about it? Xobni Analytics. You can view some really interesting statistics on your e-mail usage, such as what time of day you receive the most mail and who contacts you the most often.

4Cast#94: FriendFeed…Facebook…Internet Growth… Readers Advisory Online

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

1. From Friendfeed.com: FriendFeed enables you to keep up-to-date on the web pages, photos, videos and music that your friends and family are sharing. It offers a unique way to discover and discuss information among friends.”
Great. But how does one use it? Here are some sites to get you started.

2. Because of demand and rapid growth, Facebook announced last week that it was going to add instant messaging within the next few weeks. Looks like privacy controls received some tweaking as well…and now there are new apps to help you find your friends…and to help you find a job, or news articles or well, almost anything.

3. Just how big is the Internet? Last year, YouTube alone consumed as much bandwidth as the entire Internet did in 2000…with no decrease in sight.

4. Merging technology and libraries continues to be a challenge. As the two are merged, readers are turning to online services to not only meet their information needs, but there reading needs as well.

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 #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:

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.

4cast Podcast #25: Library Web Presence

Monday, November 19th, 2007

For years, libraries have been issued the challenge of creating an effective (but not overly invasive) web presence. For many libraries, the extent of this presence can be found in a single location—the library website. This is an excellent start, but what else can libraries do to ensure ongoing virtual visibility in their communities?

In this 4cast Podcast, Laura Watkins (OPLIN Library Services Manager) returns from the annual Internet Librarian conference with six tangible ways that libraries can improve their web presence.