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OPLIN 4cast #60

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This week’s 4cast:

1. The Return of Gorman

Former ALA President Michael Gorman has courted controversy in the past for his openly conservative stances on the library profession and what some regard as his out-of-touch, anti-technology viewpoints. Last week, he stirred the pot again when he wrote a series of posts on the Brittanica Blog called “Web 2.0: The Sleep of Reason” and “The Siren Song of the Internet.”

2. Creating Traffic Detours

Various libraries are using popular online resources like Wikipedia, Facebook, and Twitter to draw attention to special collections on their own websites, thereby increasing exposure, search rankings, and most importantly, overall usage. For examples of one modest approach, look for OPLIN’s links on the following Wikipedia pages: Ohio, Ohio Lands, and Identification of trees of the United States.

3. Misc. (Etc.)

David Weinberger’s new book, Everything Is Miscellaneous, is making a big impact in Libraryland and across the web, and the author has been following up its release with a slew of enlightening (and entertaining) interviews and presentations.

4. Something Wireless This Way Comes?

By February 2009, American analog television broadcasts will be a thing of the past, replaced entirely by digital technology. At that point, broadcasters will be forced to relinquish the 700 MHz broadcast spectrum, which UHF TV currently occupies. The U.S. Senate recently held a hearing to explore how the FCC should reassign this spectrum; some parties want it to become a new pipeline for broadband wireless Internet.

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