by GARETH OTSUKA
Welcome to this month's roundup of technology news from the web, compiled by Gareth Osler (inworld Gareth Otsuka). Without further ado.
GENERAL: The latest issue of Code4Lib Journal.
LIBRARY 2.0: The new issue of NextSpace leads with an article titled 'Life 2.0'; Stephen Abram writes on '25 ways to use 2.0 stuff to promote books'; The Free Range Librarian suggests our library data should be made available to use in ways that improve our experiences; Events this month, Mashed Libraries Unconference (2, 3, see here for an online mashup tool) and Online Information Conference 2008 (2, 3); Topics this month include staff training, Flickr (2), Pageflakes, RSS (2), Drupal, wikis; The Times (UK) looks at Wikipedia, while the New York Times makes a salient point about the change in one particular collection with the advent of Wikipedia.
SOCIAL MEDIA: Internet socializing teaches kids important skills, study finds (2, 3); Social networks as knowledge management systems, white paper (free registration required); Social media mistakes, avoid the pitfalls; bookclubs social media.
E-BOOKS: More speculation on Kindle 2 this month, news of a competitor from Orange also; E-books are to come to the Nintendo games console (2, 3), with new audiobook manager software for Nokia cell 'phones; Some interesting speculation on iTunes and e-books; TheBookseller.com reports that e-books have taken a grip this year, while articles discuss the future of the printed page (2, 3); Could e-reader technology save the newspaper.
GAMING: A point from Tame The Web.
GOOGLE: The book scanning (1, 2) controversy continues - a raw deal for libraries seems to be the conclusion this month (2, 3, 4, 5); Over in Europe the UK is split, French booksellers are against; BookFinder.com puts the size of the Google collection into perspective; The addition of old magazines to Google Book Search is announced; Why Google Must Die, from Stephen Abram.
TECHNOLOGY: A glimpse back to our technological imagination of 1936; Resistance to technological change, innovation; Obsolescence; A new cookbook for your library’s computer technology; Should libraries consider replacing desktops with notebooks; The full draft of RDA (Resource Description and Access) is now available (2, see here for an overview of RDA technology); 'Have Libraries Lost the Search War?', 'Technology: The Year in Review'.
INFORMATION OVERLOAD: Article from Information Today, Inc.
COPYRIGHT: FT.com aligns copyright with book-burning in this digital age.
OPEN SOURCE: OS can save the libraries.
DIGITAL COLLECTIONS: 'Books and Libraries in the Digital Age'.
"Let us read and let us dance . . . two amusements that will never do any harm to the world." Shelf Awareness, November 21, 2008.
This article went to press on the 28th December 2008.