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A New Digital Divide

The much-heralded Digital Divide seems to be less a problem than it appeared a decade ago. True, there are demographic differences (particularly at the lower end of the economic spectrum), but the latest numbers (see the OCLC post earlier in this blog) suggest massive availability of the Internet in one form or another.But we much more serious Digital Divide is looming. Rather than adversely affecting demographic groups, it is affecting geographic areas. It has to do with new Web technologies such as the collection known as Web 2.0 and AJAX , RSS, and even blogs.

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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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Social Networking and Libraries

Jane Secker (London School of Economics and Political Science) has a great paper on libraries and Facebook. It's part of LASSIE: Libraries and Social Software in Education.

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Roundtable, Monday February 4, 11 AM

I'm joining Joe and Julia on WAMC's Roundtable on Monday. We'll be talking about social networking and Facebook. There's lots to talk about--the changing concepts of privacy, what viral marketing is, and who's using Facebook (hint: it's not kids).

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