WAMC Roundtable: Libraries and Technology

It's that time again (Monday, April 7, 11 AM). Another Roundtable segment. This time, we'll be talking about how public libraries are using new technologies. (National Library Week runs from April 13-19.)Joining us will be Josh Cohen, Director of the Mid-Hudson Library System (on which board I served for 12 years, 3 as president).

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How to Do Everything: Facebook Applications

Books have shipped. For more info, videos, discussion board, and updates, visit the book's Facebook Page.

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Sharing, Privacy, and Trust in a Networked World

Fascinating and detailed (280 pages) report from OCLC (Online Computer Library Center). It provides information about Internet use in six countries; it is an update to a report from 2005, so it is able to show trends. Here are the usage rates in the online population from 2005 to 2007 for various technologies:search engines: 71% to 90%email: 73% to 97%blogs: 16% to 46%Unfortunately, there's another statistic. Visits to library Web sites dropped from 30% of the online population in 2005 to 20%.

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