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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #117

Last things first, here is the view off the Smolen-Gulf Covered Bridge referenced at the end of the episode: The Ashtabula River Click the picture for a larger view on Flickr. This week's episode includes an interview with Will Manley discussing his recent forays into looking at politics and the profession. A miscellany of items is presented of items that caught our attention but were not expanded upon into larger items. OhioLinuxFest 2010 is mentioned as there is going to be a main track presentation about libraries & librarians at an event that really isn't librarian-focused. Related links: Diligent Room on making textbooks with pediapress Ray Bradbury talking revolution Terry Reese on paywalls Byron York at the Washington Examiner talking Kindles and Civil Rights In Education Slate on the communications strategy of the Russian spy ring that was recently sent home Barry Kauler on Puppy Linux 5.1 Reuters on how Americans don't want government to build out broadband CNN talking about the rise of electrical black-outs in America BBC News on the rise in enrollment at Open University BBC News discussing the Google-Verizon open Internet proposal CNET's Molly Wood talking about the Google-Verizon proposal lacking any provisions relative to mobile broadband Andrew Orlowski on Google's seeming self-interest in the Google-Verizon proposal Andrew Orlowski on the web's hyper-powers and how the Google-Verizon proposal might lead to their being locked in as hyper-powers The Economist on changes in global communications
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LISFeeds Reoriented

Throughout the LISHost media galaxy shared with Erie Looking Productions, there are quite a number of fountains spewing out content. LISNews is where you are reading this. LISWire is the site where folks in the library realm can post their press releases. LISTen is the podcast hosted on the LISNews server that has a feed from Delicious showing stories crossing the threshold for being looked at (also known as the slush-pile). LISTen also occasionally takes the form of a video podcast as circumstances arise.

That's a lot to track. While RSS does wonders, what if you aren't in front of your favorite RSS reader? LISFeeds.com has been reoriented to serve as an aggregator for all of those content manifestations. Posts are interleaved from the various sources into a river of posts. An automatic job on the server polls each source every three hours or so to check for updates. A pinger showing that updates have happened has been rigged up on Identica.

As always, this is a work in progress. Check it out and perhaps enjoy it. Using the planet aggregation software easily allows you to get your metaphorical feet wet with some pre-selected feeds.

Special Edition for 2 August 2010

We're back! Well, we're almost back. This is a special edition of LISTen in which we talk about the digital divide and bring you a miscellany of stories we've come across this summer. Our studio arrangements are not quite in place yet. This is the best we can come up with at the moment: Ad-hoc Studio Rigging We'll be back on a normal episode production cycle starting August 23rd: Related links: Mobile phones not key to bridging the digital divide Sixth report by the Federal Communications Commission on broadband deployment Broadband access plans with HughesNet The Vatican was "Google-Bombed" Digital Divide worsened by tech Vice-Chancellor of Open University on the Digital Divide Information wants to be paid for Reuters on Internet access in Cuba New web broadcasts for North Korean defectors

MOBILE VERSION: Special Edition for 2 August 2010

(This is our best rendering of the current special into the quality of content found on the mobile web) We're back! Well, we're almost back. This is a special edition of LISTen in which we talk about the digital divide and bring you a miscellany of stories we've come across this summer. Our studio arrangements are not quite in place yet. This is the best we can come up with at the moment: Ad-hoc Studio Rigging We'll be back on a normal episode production cycle starting August 23rd: Related links: Mobile phones not key to bridging the digital divide Sixth report by the Federal Communications Commission on broadband deployment Broadband access plans with HughesNet The Vatican was "Google-Bombed" Digital Divide worsened by tech Vice-Chancellor of Open University on the Digital Divide Information wants to be paid for Reuters on Internet access in Cuba New web broadcasts for North Korean defectors

Photo Montage: Digital Bookmobile

Cleveland-based digital media vendor Overdrive is taking a "digital bookmobile" on a tour to show off the services Overdrive provides patrons via libraries. The LISTen production team visited the tractor-trailer rig to get some pictures of the traveling show.

Podcasts Without A Fruit-Based Player

Sometimes posts are not easily made to Drupal. Drupal likes text and can be tricky to use if you want to incorporate images into posts. When you have a situation of multiple screenshots to display with text, Adobe Acrobat format can be a better container for such information.

In recognition of that the software & service review article attached to this post is available in Adobe Acrobat format only. Click the download link to access the piece. Podcast subscribers will automatically receive the PDF in their playlist as if it were yet more liner notes.

Textual Miscellany

A June Miscellany
By Stephen Michael Kellat, MSLS
Head Writer, Erie Looking Productions

The Search For Studio Space

With the main move out of the way, we are kinda lacking in studio space. This is why the hiatus is running as long as it is. We are attempting to raise money and are looking at real estate. Three possible partners have been contacted but it is too soon to have heard back from them. There is a building previously used by a Charismatic Episcopal Church for sale that costs roughly ten thousand dollars in the Ashtabula Harbor Historical District. While the building is quite tempting and would make for a lovely base of operations, it is not yet economically feasible to purchase. The local real estate market is in fairly bad shape where there are an infinitesimal amount of properties for rent/lease compared to properties up for sale.

The World Radio Network

A private company based in England, World Radio Network provides transmission services for quite a number of content providers. Considering that some of the content they air is geekier and appeals to a narrower niche compared to LISNews Netcast Network programming, they've been contacted to see what cooperation is possible. We have not heard back yet if there are any opinions positive or negative about the programming we produce.

Voting & Intentional Self-Destruction

Over a year into the presidency of Barack Obama, the economy of the United States is hardly recovered. A meme on conservative websites for a while was to plot against the unemployment change projections of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act what the actual unemployment rate happened to be. That such diverged was mocked. When the divergence was significantly out of line from the projections used to sell what was popularly known as “stimulus”, the laughter turned to grimacing.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was sold as a panacea. There were some fundamental kernels of nastiness deep within the bill that continue to produce unintended consequences. This has been clearly seen in New Jersey where Andy Woodworth has assumed a role akin to a minor prophet of the Old Testament documenting not the decline of ancient Israel but rather the decline of libraries.

It is without doubt that the Recovery Act disbursed money to put people back to work. A trip west from Conneaut to Ashtabula on Interstate Route 90 here shows in fairly graphic detail the impact of money as new lanes are added to the highway. The disbursement of money from the United States Treasury came with strings attached. As there are no free gifts from the federal government to grant recipients, it bears consideration as to the consequences of those strings.

The term “maintenance of effort” sounds more like a euphemism for benign accounting issues. That term is hardly benign. A key condition for quite a bit of education funding and funding for road works was that the states had to agree to sustain funding for those areas at or above a minimum benchmark. Failure to comply with funding above that benchmark would disqualify the state from receiving federal funding in that area for a set number of years. Maintenance of Effort, which a term of bureaucracy, would perhaps more appropriately be termed “Advance Commitment To Spend Certain Funds Without Regard To Changing Circumstances For A Fixed Period Of Years”.

Considering the proportions of state budgets spent on education, road works, and the like it is hardly surprising that governors like New Jersey's Chris Christie have done what they have after their predecessors signed up for stimulus dollars that had strings attached. No powerful lobby acted to get provisions included in the Recovery Act to exempt entities like public libraries, parks, mental health care services, and the like from possibly being cut. With the top-down imposition of spending priorities with draconian penalties attached if a state made cuts, public libraries were among the targets set up with very attractive targets painted on them.

Until the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act expires, libraries are in a bind. Libraries are deemed from the top down to not necessarily be a funding priority. As education matters and road works gobble up quite a bit of state budgets, any growth in their funding consumption will threaten libraries. The Recovery Act insures education and road works will never be cut unless a state had almost a death wish to lose access to federal funding. There are no financial consequences if libraries are dealt budget cuts, though.

In the end, elections have consequences.

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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #116

Strangely enough, this week's episode features appearances from all the air staff. We have an essay about practical electioneering with the New Jersey situation in mind that Andy Woodworth has written about. We also feature readings of a "DJ Read Script" that libraries can give to local radio stations to help keep the fire alive from National Library Week. An interview with the leader of Ubuntu Ohio is also presented as the Lucid Lynx release is discussed.

The Race Against Lord Mandelson

While you might not think so, the starter's pistol has metaphorically gone off.

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