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OPLIN 4cast #29

Posted in Blue Track, Flickr, Photosynth, and Touchscreens

Last updated on November 8, 2006

This week’s 4cast:

1. A Nation of Information Illiterates?

According to a recent study, only 13 percent of high school and college students were found to have adequate information literacy skills (i.e. were able to find needed information, and separate what was useful and what was not). Meanwhile, educators and librarians continue to argue (with each other and themselves) over the best way to teach these skills.

2. Screencasting = Slick Training

Screencasting refers to the process of recording what’s happening on a computer screen, and then accompanying it with voiceover narration. Many libraries are using screencasts for training videos and software tutorials. Click here to download a screencast OPLIN produced about how to filter spam in Microsoft Outlook.

3. Flickr Really Satisfies Libraries

Lots of libraries are using Flickr, the popular photo sharing website, to showcase their libraries, promote programs, snazz up presentations, and more. Now, there’s even an official Libraries and Librarians Flickr group.

4. Organize Your Info with Zotero

Zotero is a free Firefox 2 extension designed to allow students (or info junkies) to easily organize and keep track of their web-based research.