This week’s 4cast:
1. Internet Librarian 2006: A Big Ol’ Roundup
The Internet Librarian 2006 conference was held last week in Monterey, California, and it quite thoroughly covered by lots of library bloggers. The first link below links to some of the better-known ones, who even covered individual sessions.
- Blogging At Internet Library 2006 (Life as I Know It)
- IL 2006 Wrapup (Information Wants To Be Free)
- IL Reflections (The Shifted Librarian)
- internet librarian 2006 impressions (walking paper)
2. E-Learning New Lessons
More libraries are using electronically delivered learning methods and Web 2.0 technologies to help their staff pick up new skills. The Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County has created an entire program for this purpose.
- Learning 2.0 (PLCMA)
- PLCMC Technology Summit Kicks Off Learning 2.0 for Staff! (Tame the Web: Libraries and Technology)
- Steal this Idea: Learning 2.0 at PLCMC (ALA TechSource)
- Trends in E-learning for Library Staff (WebJunction)
3. Be Your Own Google
Google recently released Google Co-op, which allows users (or organizations) to create a Google-powered search engine with results limited to their own customized list of websites.
- Google unveils do-it-yourself search engine (InfoWorld)
- Google Co-op Launches (TechCrunch)
- Google launches customized search engine (Library Marketing-Thinking Outside the Book)
- Google’s Personalized Search (LibrarianInBlack)
4. Gettin’ Schooled on Web 2.0
Solution Watch (an “emerging technology” review site) recently ran a three-part series that thoroughly outlines, describes, and categorizes a huge amount of Web 2.0 products. Although these lists are geared more towards schools, libraries will surely find some useful ones too.