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LISTen is going after radio affiliates?

Yes, you read that title right. As of this morning there were some calls made. None were fruitful. A somewhat positive e-mail was received later in the day from one potential radio affiliate.

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Parts and Equipment Wish List for LISTen

You can find the wish list for the LISTen team in terms of equipment purchases online.

That list contains some of the bigger pieces that we are seeking to acquire. Right now we do not have the funds to do such. Our top two priorities on the list are the Mac Mini and the Nokia N800. The Mac Mini would swap out for the studio computer that is frankly getting very flaky. This is not to say that this would replace the non-networked computer that recordings are made to. We need a computer that is somewhat more reliable for proceeding with Skype calls and other matters. The Nokia N800 would allow for field recordings to happen. I am still trying very, very, very hard to get things in order so I can get into ALA Annual. Unfortunately I have been waiting over a month to hear back from the ALA Public Information Office.

The LifeBook and the external Sony drive are lower priorities. While they would be nice they would not necessarily reduce some of the interesting issues that arise with the hardware we've got right now. The LifeBook would be a more technically capable alternative to the N800 for doing fieldwork in terms of carrying out interviews. The Sony drive would help allow us to be able to back up the show's archives.

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As requested, the text of the commentary from LISTen #10

Just as episodes of LISTen are not released under Creative Commons, neither are script texts. I try not to release such for multiple reasons. One of those reasons is that not releasing scrip texts help ensure you listen to the verbal delivery first. The rightsholder for the scripts and the episodes is Erie Looking Productions. In response to an inquiry received, the text of the most recent commentary script is posted here.

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Thoughts after a strange enough day

Today has been a sufficiently aggravating day. I should not focus on that, though. I should openly give thanks to Blake for adding new subscription buttons for the podcast. Such appears on every page and is as discrete as possible. After an exchange on Twitter earlier I thought it best to simplify things for folks. Blake and I were testing the e-mail subscription in the background for a while and I am happy to report that folks are already using that service. If that makes getting to the podcast easier for you, why not sign up? New e-mails come out only after I post an episode.

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Alternative means of getting LISTen

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A new way to support LISTen financially?

As a means of helping folks out who might want to support LISTen financially I took action. I have put together small items on Lulu. These item are reprints of two conference papers I have presented. The papers look at an intersection between library science and Christian life.

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Pondering Podcast Access -- A Conundrum I Have No Solution To

The Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science defines podcast as:
A digital media file (audio or video) syndicated over the Internet via an RSS feed. The author or host of a podcast is known as a podcaster. Once available online, podcasts can be downloaded for listening on portable media devices (MP3 players, pocket CDs, cell phones) and personal computers. Despite the similarity in name, listening to or watching a podcast does not require an iPod, although the device can be used for that purpose. Online directories of podcasts are usually browsable by subject and searchable by keyword(s) (examples: Podcast Alley,, and
This describes the program produced here in the Las Vegas metro. This also describes the method of normal distribution. Is this the normal means of accessing LISTen, though?

US Presidential Politics vs. LISTen

I have a wee bit to say relative to LISTen and US Presidential Politics.
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Considering an international reach

Considering the global reach of LISNews I figured it was probably best to put forward more button options. It finally hit me last night that folks outside the US would want to donate in their own local currency if they felt so moved. PayPal handles the currency conversions more cheaply than I can so due to infrastructure limits a slew of buttons is needed. Such is presented below. Donation button for US listeners:
Donation button for Canadian listeners:
Donation button for listeners in New Zealand:
Donation button for listeners in Australia:
Donation button for listeners in the UK:
Donation button for listeners in the Eurozone:
Way to subscribe to support the podcast for one year at USD$20 per month:
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Who or what would you like to hear on the next episode of LISTen?

Although LISTen remains on hiatus work continues. There will not be an episode released on Monday. Right now the production team is doing work to make things even better. A question has arisen, though. We have learned from the demographics survey responses so far that quite a number of respondents serve in public libraries in reference capacities. This impacts how we start setting up shows. What sort of segments would be useful? Interviews with political leaders like Senator Harry Reid, a US Senator for Nevada as well as Senate Majority Leader? Interviews with leaders in technology inside and outside the world of librarianship? Field reports from other parts of the librarianship Anglosphere such as Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom? A weekly tech report contributed by a someone to be lined up? There are two ways you can make suggestions in this matter. The first is to write to the LISTen Production Team at [email protected]. The second is to leave a comment on this post. We cannot promise anything as to what will come of what is suggested. We have to consider what is realistic in terms of production complexity and financial limits. For now this remains a no-budget operation. Short term funding is sought to keep the host out of hock while issues persist at the host's present day job in terms of deepening cutbacks. Such donations to help during the short term are received using PayPal. Inquiries about other ways to give can also be received via e-mail. To the best of my understanding, PayPal handles currency conversions if you are located somewhere out the United States and feel moved to contribute. This might be important to the seemingly large population of listeners in Canada who might donate.
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Lacking a sufficient survey sample size

I have gotten a rather quite small amount of survey responses.
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LISten vs. ALA Step-by-Step Guide to Podcasting

I noticed this morning in the Twitter stream a series of posts from ALA Mid-Winter relative to a document giving a step-by-step guide to podcasting. Initially assuming it was only available in printed form I inquired if I could snag a copy somehow. Surprisingly it was accessible online. The document is entitled "A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Podcast".

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LISten vs. Media Relations Folks: The Case of No Press Passes

Elsewhere the matter has been brought up about wanting original reporting in the podcast. That is a fair assertion. The trial season so far has not had any. That is not for a lack of trying, though.
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LISten Audio Engineer Elected To A Board of Directors

The audio engineer for LISten, Mike Kellat, was elected last night to the Board of Directors of the Guitar Society of Las Vegas. His term on the board is for one year. The association cannot necessarily underwrite LISten, alas, but does good work locally in teaching about music and keeping various styles alive.

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Misadventures in Networking

Where do I begin? Tuesday got interesting. Even there it is very late here I will try to write.

Tuesday started off with the LISten audio engineer calling. In the call that woke me up I was asked what I was doing about seeking either an operating grant or underwriting. I said I would give the matter some thought as I started my day.

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Thinking inspired by Tom Green

This is very late for me to be writing.
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Donating to support LISten

After some consideration as well as the taking of excellent advice I have set up a mechanism by which funds can be donated to support the the podcast as it makes its way through the second half of the trial season this month. Contributions and gifts are graciously accepted for this endeavor.
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The last weeks of a year and first few weeks of a year are rough. I really find it amusing. Today's edition of IPTV program Cranky Geeks is great. It is not a run-down of current news, though. Mr. Dvorak and Mr. Rupley had two New York Times writers who teach in Stanford's journalism program appear to discuss technology journalism. While topical shows are great such also demonstrates a slow down in news.

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Getting ready to plan out the LISten New Year's Eve special episode

Alrighty. Where do I even begin? Now that Christmas is past it is time to start planning the year-end special for LISten, the podcast. The year-end special to be released on New Year's Eve will not count towards the total of six episodes that comprise the trial run.

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Ramble, ramble, ramble, ramble.......

It is Saturday and a blog post may be in order. It is rapidly approaching the timeframe I would normally be starting the creative process that leads to a new episode of LISten. There will be no new episode posted by me this weekend for release on Monday. Things slow down at this point in the year for Christmas for everybody but the transportation and retail sectors, it seems.

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