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OPLIN 4cast #8

Posted in blogs, cellphones, digitization, and net neutrality

This week’s 4cast:

1. The War Over Neutrality

Network neutrality has emerged as one of the hottest political battles of the year, with intense disagreement over its every aspect – including what the term itself actually means. The only certainty is that proposed legislation could radically alter the way everyone uses the Internet.

2. In the Future, Books Will Make Great Doorstops

A recent article in the New York Times Magazine suggested that current large-scale scanning projects like Google Book Search Library Project and Amazon Online Reader will inevitably lead to a world in which every printed word has been digitized. The article has kicked off a lively discussion about the future of publishing.

3. All Cell is Breaking Loose

While more and more people are using their cellphones to do just about everything, including surf the Internet, others are shunning the extra gadgetry that phone manufacturers are making standard. So how will people use their cell phones in a few years, and what impact will it have on libraries?

4. Blog, Blog, Blog, Blog… Wiki

Amanda Etches-Johnson, a reference librarian at McMaster University in Ontario, maintains the Blogging Libraries Wiki, which lists library blogs from around the world, broken down by type. And libraries aren’t the only ones blogging – so are their patrons.