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OPLIN 4cast #26

Posted in Ask Mobile Search, cellphones, Google Gadgets, Internet, library funding, and OPAC

This week’s 4cast:

1. Libraries Are Both Vital & Vulnerable

A recent Florida State University report (funded by ALA and the Gates Foundation) finds that public libraries are critical Internet access points for people who would otherwise have none.

2. Google‘s Got Gadgets

Gadgets (or Widgets, as they’re called in Apple and Yahoo parlance) are small, interactive applications that provide quick access to popular web services, like weather, news, calendars, and more. With the introduction of Google Gadgets For Your Webpage, Google has now made it possible for website owners to add over 1200 nifty, Google-powered features to their sites (or to further clutter up their pages, as the case may be).

3. More Attacks on OPACs

The swell of voices denouncing current library OPACs continues to build, and some libraries are beginning to take matters into their own hands.

4. Lost? Get a Map on Your Phone from Ask.com

Ask.com now offers a web search and maps page specifically geared for cellphones and other mobile devices.