This weekâ€™s 4cast:
1. Burn the Microfilm: Google Now Selling Old News
Google recently unveiled the Google News Archive Search, which allows users to search up to 200 years of archived articles and stories from various news publications, such as the New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, and many others.
- Google Digs Into the Archives (BusinessWeek)
- Next Wave in Google Migration (ACRLog)
- Google’s News Archive Search (LibrarianInBlack)
- Google News Archive Search – Where Are the Links to Content from Libraries? (Disruptive Library Technology Jester)
2. Georgia Plants an Evergreen
The Georgia Public Library Service’s PINES program recently debuted a new online shared catalog for all 252 Georgia public libraries called Evergreen. Evergreen is built with open source software and offers features that strive to compete with more commercial book-buying websites.
- Georgia’s 252 PINES public libraries preparing for debut of Evergreen software, Web-based catalog (The Weekly)
- Georgia Public Library Service Launches Evergreen (LibraryCrunch)
- Georgia Pines open source library catalog is live (Superpatron)
- Open Source ILS goes live! (Space Age Librarian)
3. ALA Wants to Know What You Think
The American Library Association is hosting a usability survey to find out how they can improve their sometimes-maligned website.
- ALA Website Usability Assessment Survey (ALA)
- ALA Website Usability Survey (The Shifted Librarian)
- ALA claims to be doing web site usability survey (librarian.net)
4. OPLIN Stakeholders Meeting @ the OLC 2006 Expo
OPLIN’s annual Stakeholders Meeting will be held this Friday from 9-10 a.m. as part of the OLC 2006 Expo in Columbus. Those of you expecting another OPLIN 4cast Podcast on Friday will have to wait until early next week, when we plan to podcast our Annual Report. But first, we plan to deliver it live and in person at Stakeholders.