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.
- How Can We Change the Unchangeable, or David’s Rant (Dave Lee King)
- The following takes place between 12AM and 1AM (blyberg.net)
- What the Library 2.0 Crowd is Trying to Say about Technology (The Other Librarian)
- Just Say Yes To Technology? (Life as I Know It)
2. Wherefore Art Thou, eBooks?
So this eBook thing isn’t exactly catching fire, and there seem to be a lot of reasons why.
- Cory Doctorow: You Do Like Reading Off a Computer Screen (Locus Magazine)
- Why the commercial ebook market is broken (Charlie’s Diary)
- Killed By DRM: e-Books (Gadget Lab)
- Does Print Still Matter? Brian Kenney on the Future of Content in a 2.0 World (ALA TechSource)
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?
- Livin’ la Vida Google: A Month-Long Dive Into Web-Based Apps (Wired)
- Google as a vast online storage library (Family Man Librarian)
- Can Web Apps Ever Truly Replace Desktop Apps? (Slashdot)
- From Paperless to Softwareless (Stephen’s Lighthouse)
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.
- Wikipedia Users: A New Report from the Pew Internet and American Life Project (ResourceShelf)
- Pew Report on Wikipedia and Reference Sites (Tame the Web: Libraries and Technology)
- Wikipedia (Stephen’s Lighthouse)
- Survey Shows Wikipedia’s Popularity Remains Strong (beSpacific)