Archive for the 'productivity' Category

OPLIN 4Cast #95: Monitoring productivity, OpenSocial, OverDrive w/iPods, LibraryThing

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

1. Can a bigger monitor (or dual monitors!) make you more productive?
From Lifehacker: “The Wall Street Journal reports on a recent study that asked whether more screen real estate gave workers the ability to do things faster and better. Workers were given either an 18-inch or 24-inch monitor, and the researchers found that people using the 24-inch screen completed the tasks 52% faster than people who used the 18-inch monitor; people who used the two 20-inch monitors were 44% faster than those with the 18-inch ones. There is an upper limit, however: Productivity dropped off again when people used a 26-inch screen.”

2. Playing nicely together: Yahoo, Google, & MySpace working on OpenSocial project
Online interaction is more productive, and let’s face it, more FUN when you can EASILY interact with your friends and colleagues across multiple social websites.
OpenSocial is setting the standard for all of the existing and future social networking sites so they can all play nicely together.

3. Speaking of standardizing applications, OverDrive seems to be working overtime.  Bring on the iPods!

4. What’s that LibraryThing?
The 4Cast has briefly touched on LibraryThing in the past, but it’s prominently making library news once again now that Tim “Metadata Man” Spalding has been named as one of the LJ “Movers and Shakers”.

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.

OPLIN 4cast #53

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

This week’s 4cast:

1. Frustration 2.0

Now that this year’s Computers In Libraries conference is over, some attendees may find that the exciting Library 2.0 ideas they enthusiastically embraced in Virginia are being met by Barriers 2.0 at home.

2. Wherefore Art Thou, eBooks?

So this eBook thing isn’t exactly catching fire, and there seem to be a lot of reasons why.

3. Could I Interest You Folks in Some Web-Based Apps?

As web-based applications (like Google’s ever-expanding suite) become more powerful and feature-rich, will companies and organizations abandon their traditional desktop applications and conduct all of their business online?

4. Bad Wikipedia! Stop Being So Useful!

The latest report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project finds that 36% of American adults who use the Internet also consult Wikipedia. It’s also listed as the top “educational and reference website” with 24% of total usage.

OPLIN 4cast #44

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

This week’s 4cast:

1. Some Things About LibraryThing

LibraryThing, the popular social network site built around people and their book collections, recently concluded that their users are tagging books at a rate 10 times greater than on Amazon. LT continues to add nifty tools (like UnSuggester, which recommends books to you based on ones you dislike) and is sort of becoming THE online destination for book lovers.

2. Google Gets All Up in Microsoft’s Face

Last week, Google officially stepped into the business productivity software arena with the introduction of Google Apps Premier Edition. The new package includes everything from e-mail and calendar software to basic document and spreadsheet capabilities, all housed online instead of on local machines, and at a significantly cheaper cost. Should libraries make the switch?

3. Does the Information Superhighway Need More Lanes?

Although half of all households in the United States will have high-speed Internet service by the end of 2007, this rate is still lower than a lot of other countries. Some observers are beginning to worry that the increasing popularity of bandwidth-intensive websites and online activities could create an Internet capacity crisis in the near future.

4. Opening Up the Library of Congress

Following in the footsteps of WPopac, Simon Spero has methodically queried almost all of the Library of Congress authority records, assembled them in MarcXML, and made them freely available. This is big news for library catalogers and others who want to make library data more accessible.