Last updated on April 11, 2007
This week’s 4cast:
1. It’s 2007… Do You Know Where Your Career Is Going?
Both the Wall Street Journal and U.S. News & World Report recently ran articles on the evolution of the librarian profession. The latter even named it one of the best careers for 2007.
- The Changing Role of Library Science (Wall Street Journal Online)
- Librarian: Executive Summary (U.S. News & World Report)
- Librarian: One of Best Careers for 2007 (Filipino Librarian)
- What Will Happen In Libraries in 2007? (LISNews)
2. Determined to Destroy DRM, Darn It
Anyone who owns a CD or DVD probably has a story about how Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology has prevented them from playing or copying the media in what seemed to be a perfectly legal way. As DRM continues to creep into the digital music and video collections of individuals and libraries nationwide, consumers are protesting by directing their dollars away from it.
- Down with DRM? (Newsweek)
- Who’s Killing MP3 and ITunes? (Wired News)
- Gates: Digital locks too complex (BBC)
- Goodbye VHS, farewell fair use (Marketplace from American Public Media)
3. Windows Vista = Hasta La Vista, XP?
At the end of this month, Microsoft will release the successor to its near-ubiquitous Windows XP operating system: Windows Vista. Of course, the buzz has been building for months and there are already plenty of strong (and somewhat worrisome) opinions about the new OS.
- Windows Vista – What You Need To Know (PC Magazine)
- Why You Don’t Need Vista Now (Wired News)
- Q&A with Microsoft about Windows Vista (Lifehacker)
- How Windows Vista Will Affect Government Information (Free Government Information)
4. Ah, Venice in the Primetime
More and more people are watching television shows and movies over the Internet, and reports suggest that actual television viewership is declining. Now, a new venture called The Venice Project is aiming to bring television channels and original content to the Internet. Is this another step down the road towards TV-Internet convergence?