Google Wave is looking to make a splash and I am excited to test this and see how far we can take it for our reference services.
Justin James submitted a post about possible preferred skills software developers will need in the next few years. It isn’t a far leap to realize that many of these skills will be necessary for librarians dealing with web and application design.
As reported in the Chronicle of Higher Education, You Tube has recently created a channel for colleges and universities. They are only accepting one channel from each institution, but this is a great way to focus your library videos onto the You Tube network. Now when your users look for your library’s information literacy video, they won’t have to spend hours browsing through unrelated videos. There are over 100 institutions signed up now, so don’t wait and start the process to get your videos into the You Tube Edu stream.
Google has just released their first foray into the internet browser race with their product called Google Chrome. Though my first hand experience has only been for a few short hours, I am already impressed by what they have built.
Chrome features easy tabbed browsing, but bumps it up a notch by dynamically showing you sites that you frequently visit when opening a new tab. The tabs themselves are easy to move around, pop out from the browser into a new window, and won’t crash the entire application if one tab goes kaput. Chrome has instant bookmarking options as well as application shortcuts. It features secure browsing and the newest hot topic for future IE releases, incognito mode. (I am instantly reminded of the Simpsons reference to Guy Incognito.)
I suppose this may be a bit annoying to non-technology nerds and systems administrators, but there is something nice about seamless interoperability in a secure and stable browser. I am anxious to see how people react and what types of hurdles Chrome must leap before it is featured amongst the big names in web browsing.