This week’s 4cast:
1. Let’s Slow It Down, People
A new idea called Slow Library is beginning to gain some attention on library blogs. The basic concept is to apply some of the principles and philosophies behind the Slow Food and open source movements to the world of library services.
- Slow Library (blog)
- Slow Library, a 2.0 idea (librarian.net)
- Why Go Slow? (The Other Librarian)
- Open Weeding – Is This a Library 2.0/Slow Library concept? (The Other Librarian)
2. How Do You Manage That?
George Needham recently wrote a column that questions some common practices in library management, while the Free Range Librarian offered some of her own observations regarding the same.
- Forget the OPAC: Why Does Library Management Suck? (WebJunction)
- Library Management a la George Needham (LibrarianInBlack)
- George Needham on Library Management (Tame The Web: Libraries and Technology)
- Management 2.0 and The Trumpeter in the Attic (Free Range Librarian)
3. Lawmakers Squirm Over DRM
A bill has been reintroduced in the Senate that would force podcasters and other digital radio providers to use Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology to prevent listeners from recording the content. Meanwhile, rival legislation aims to prevent similar types of technological restraints from ever seeing the light of day.
- Senators introduce bill to restrict Internet, cable, and satellite radio recording (Ars Technica)
- PERFORM Act Comes Back For An Encore (Techdirt)
- Senator drafting ‘broadcast flag’ ban (CNET)
- Your digital world (The Sideshow)
4. iPhone Arrives, Hype Ensues, Backlash Follows
Speaking of DRM, Apple’s new iPhone was introduced last week to much fanfare. It’s been mostly downhill ever since.
- the iPhone (lauren’s library blog)
- The Ultimate iPhone Frequently Asked Questions (two parts) (Pogue’s Posts)
- iPhone – the roach motel business model (Boing Boing)
- Thirteen reasons to doubt the iPhone hype (Crave: the gadget blog)