Archive for the 'Internet' Category

OPLIN 4Cast #103 Hyperconnectivity, Tourists needs, FBI told no, Phlashing

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

1. We’re hyperconnected
That means that we each a minimum of 7 devices for work and 9 connectivity applications. The lines between business and personal use is blurring more and more. What does this mean for productivity? Maybe some personal stuff comes in during the workday, but in exchange, will people be working more during off-hours? If that’s the case, is there a concern for employee burnout?

2. The tourists are coming! The tourists are coming!
Tourist season is upon us – whether by land, by sea or by air, technology will play a part in how and where people decide to go this summer. Just think, people will be coming in to upload to and view their photo and video sites. They’ll probably want to know how to tag them, too. Be prepared.

3. The FBI demanded user info. The Internet Archive, an online library, said, “No.”
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has withdrawn a secret demand that the Internet Archive, an online library, provide the agency with a user’s personal information after the Web site challenged the records request in court.

4. Did you just phlash me?
“A scary new (theoretical) malware attack, Phlashing, involves tricking a remote device into letting you flash its firmware so that the machine can’t ever be rebooted, and must be pulled out and replaced. They’re called it a “Permanent Denial of Service” (PDOS) attack — there’s a ton of tasty new coinages in this little bit of ugliness” (Boing Boing).

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 #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 #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 #73

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

This week’s 4cast:

1. Let’s Meet Somewhere Else

Karen Coombs (Library Web Chic) ponders whether the time, effort, and resources devoted to the aesthetics and endless details of her library’s website redesign would be better spent figuring out how to make the library’s data and content more usable in places other than the website. You know, where people actually go.

2. Hopin’ for Open

More and more libraries are interested in open source software and solutions, but without the technical expertise on staff, the prospect becomes daunting. Where to begin?

3. Honk if You Love the Mudflap Girl

So how do you know if your statewide library marketing campaign is making an impact? Level of kerfuffle in the bibliogosphere is one measure.

4. No Talk, Just Type

According to a recent survey, American adults are willing to sacrifice the time they would otherwise spend with friends, loved ones, or a newspaper in order to spend it online. Younger folks tend to see less of a distinction between being online and offline.

OPLIN 4cast Podcast #23: Traffic Shaping

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

Lately there have been several messages on the OPLINtech electronic mailing list concerning traffic shaping technology. Many libraries are finding that their Internet connections — which were just fine last year — are overloaded this year, and are looking to traffic shaping as a possible solution to this problem. We thought it might be a good idea to talk a little about this technology and how it might be used by a library.

OPLIN 4cast #67

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

This week’s 4cast:

1. Don’t Be Afraid of the Internet…

A new report from the National School Board Association finds that in spite of widespread fears about predators, porn, and potty language, social networking websites are actually pretty safe for children. Furthermore, teachers should be creating more educational opportunities for students to use them.

2. … Unless You’re Running for Office

A U.S. Senate Committee recently approved the Child Safe Viewing Act of 2007, which would require the development of V-chip-like filtering technology for the Internet, cell phones, and just about any device that displays or relays electronic content.

3. Anything You Can Do, I Can Do More Privately

All of the major search engines are aggressively engaged in a so-called “privacy war” as they try to win over customers. According to a report by the Center for Democracy and Technology (PDF), each one has made recent, significant policy changes that allow users to search the ‘Net more anonymously.

4. Woe is Broadband?

In recent months, observers have begun to realize that when compared to much of the industrialized world, broadband Internet access in the United States is expensive, slow, and still unavailable to far too many people.

OPLIN 4cast #65

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

This week’s 4cast:

1. ‘Net Neutrality Remains in Neutral (For Now)

The debate over net neutrality continues. While proponents believe that a neutral, non-tiered Internet allows the public to shape and control what happens online, telecommunications companies argue that increasing bandwidth demands justify their wanting to prioritize the traffic they deliver. On their side, the entertainment industry sees greater control by ISPs as a way to fight copyright infringement. It’s unclear how the government really feels about it.

2. Google & Telcos Fighting for Air

The fight over what will become of the 700-MHz broadcast spectrum (see 4cast #60, item 4) is intensifying. Google would like to see it turned into a national wireless network that allows anyone to use any mobile device to access it (probably because they’ll be selling one). But the major telcos don’t want to lose control over how their wireless devices are used. The FCC is due to set some ground rules today.

3. We’re the Government & We’re Here to Parent You

The U.S. Senate held hearings last week about children’s online safety, and while some commenters have jumped all over their bipartisan call for universal Internet filtering, others suggest that it was only one part of a more nuanced discussion about information literacy.

4. The Kids Are All Wired

Meanwhile, all evidence suggests that when it comes to the Internet and technology in general, the kids are many, many bytes ahead of the grown-ups.

OPLIN 4cast Podcast #21: Buying Broadband

Monday, July 9th, 2007

The OPLIN connection provided to each Ohio public library is intended to give Ohioans Internet access to their library systems and is therefore limited to one connection per library system, usually to the main library or the location where a library’s servers are housed. A library system with branch libraries is left with the decisions of “if” and “how” it will put broadband Internet in the branches, sometimes with a bewildering array of options. This podcast gives libraries some background on what’s happening with Internet connections and passes along a few tips on buying broadband.

  • ALA papers on broadband in libraries