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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 #90: Google Health, Blu-Ray, Gaming, E-Books

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

This week’s 4cast:

1.  A Google A Day Keeps the Doctor Away.

Google will begin its final phase of global domination, er, I mean personal medical records storage today as it begins testing its long-awaited health service.

2.  Feelin’ a Little “Blu?”

You’re not alone.  Wal-Mart, Netflix, Amazon and others have recently announced their alliance with Blu-Ray.  It sure looks like the end for HD DVD.

3.  Game On.

Regardless of your own thoughts on gaming in libraries, it’s hard to ignore the headlines.  Are games drawing teens to libraries for the right reasons?  Do “wrong” reasons exist?

4.  More E-Buzz on E-Books.

New campaigns are under way to get more readers interested in electronic books.  While it could significantly lower costs to big business and provide convenience to consumers, some speculate that for the most part, the e-book will never leave the e-shelf.

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 #88: Microsoft/Yahoo, New Google Views, Amazon/Audible, Going Green

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

This week’s 4cast:

1.  “Microsoft + Yahoo = ?”

Microsoft’s bold and unsolicited $44.6B bid for Yahoo shocked many and even appalled a few bloggers.  Meanwhile, the world waits for Yahoo to make its move.

2.  New Search Views in Google

For as long as we can remember, Google search results have been displayed in a vertical list of 10 results.  Now, in addition to this list, you can also view results by Map, Timeline, or Info.

3.  Amazon Buys Audible

Internet giant Amazon.com has announced that it will acquire a leading online provider of spoken word audio content, Audible.com.

4.  The Green Scene

Libraries are an obvious choice for the “green” consumer, and now they’re kicking it up a notch by introducing additional green initiatives and ideas.

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 #83: Knol, Spam, Identity, Jargon

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

This week’s 4cast:

1. Watch Your Back, Wikipedia

As Wikipedia has become increasingly huge (see 4cast #72, item 4), it was inevitable that for-profit competitors would emerge. But it wasn’t until last week that a truly terrifying rival appeared – Google, and its Knol project.

2. Spam? What Spam? Oh… You Mean All of THAT Spam.

Although Google claims that improved filtering technologies are causing many spammers to give up on junk e-mailing, another recent report shows that 95% of all e-mail sent in 2007 was in fact, spam. So who’s winning the war?

3. You’ve Got a Bad Online Reputation

A recent Pew Internet study shows that people are increasingly aware of their online identity and the importance of making sure their digital tracks don’t lead searchers (potential employers, for example) to unflattering places. Still, most Internet users either don’t worry or are completely oblivious to the amount of information that’s floating around about them online.

4. Premium Bibliographic Resources Fail to Engage Remote End-Users

From a non-librarian’s perspective, one of the biggest deterrents to using the public library is confusing industry jargon, both inside the library and on the library website. John Kupersmith, a reference library at UC Berkeley, has developed a comprehensive list of library jargon and alternative terms that a non-librarian might actually comprehend.

4cast #82: SAFE Act, Broadband, Search Trends, Beyond Google

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

This week’s 4cast:

1. Good Guys, Bad Guys & Wi-Fi

When the U.S. House of Representatives passed the SAFE Act last week, it sent a shudder through coffee shops, hotels, libraries, and anyone else offering open Wi-Fi access to the Internet. While the new bill doesn’t appear to require that these entities actively police their wireless users for illegal online activities, it does up the pressure for them to report any such known or suspected activity.

2. It Sure is Slow Out in the Sticks

According to a recent Pew Internet study, 50% of all Americans now have broadband Internet access at home, but this number still lags far behind in rural areas. As the link between broadband penetration and economic health becomes more apparent, the FCC is coming under increasing fire for their inability to address the problem.

3. The Year in Guilty Pleasures

Google, Yahoo, and Ask have all released their 2007 reports outlining the top search trends, with interesting variations between the three engines. Social networking was huge across the board, and of course… troubled celebrities are always on our minds.

4. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Googling For

Google got your (or your patron’s) goat? There are always more – and in some cases, better – search options out there.

4cast #81: Spectrum Auction, Kindle, Reading, Gaming

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

This week’s 4cast:

1. Sold! To the Giant Corporation with Deep Pockets, in the Back.

In January, the FCC will auction off the 700-MHz broadcast spectrum (see 4cast #66, item 2), with observers predicting an upwards of $30 billion pricetag. At stake is the future course of American wireless network services (including broadband), and the competition should be fierce, with Google, AT&T, and Verizon all poised to bid.

2. Kindle Me This…

Several weeks after its release, people can’t stop writing about the Kindle (see 4cast #80) – particularly, whether it’s going to have any impact on the future of reading, publishing, and/or libraries.

3. See Jack Watch TV (Not Read)

Of course, no device – eBook or otherwise – is going to help the book industry if Americans are really reading less and less, as a new National Endowment of the Arts study (To Read or Not To Read PDF) claims.

4. This Game is Most Definitely ON

So if teens and kids are less interested in books, should libraries start expanding their videogame collections?