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OPLIN 4cast #63

Posted in GIMP, Library 2.0, Panda Cloud Antivirus, and Wolfram Alpha

This week’s 4cast:

1. The Open Library Opens

The Internet Archive has unveiled Open Library, their attempt to create a free, online catalog of every book ever published. What separates this project from a typical OPAC is that anyone, anywhere is invited to contribute entries and information.

2. Tapping the Crowd

The Open Library, Wikipedia, and other large-scale projects or problems depend upon the efforts of a large number of amateur contributors. “Crowdsourcing” is a term coined by Wired Magazine to describe this phenomenon, and Assignment Zero is their recent experiment in journalism via crowdsourcing.

3. Librarians Are (insert stereotype here)

Two recent articles (from The New York Sun and New York Times) point to an influx of “young, hip, tech-saavy ” librarians entering the profession. While some librarians read the articles as harmless, mostly positive PR, others took offense.

4. Are You Completely Incompetent (Technically Speaking)?

Library Revolution kicked off a discussion among a number of library bloggers about which basic technology skills (be they 1.0 or 2.0) a librarian should have, in order to adequately do their jobs.