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Hard Figures Finally

I was happy to get some hard data in my inbox today. It is one thing to say you want to do a relay of LNN programming on shortwave. Having figures from a big broadcaster helps make it more real. The station concerned contracts month to month and requires 30 days notice of termination. To have a single 15 minute program aired weekly would cost USD$65.00 per week. That would be a cost of USD$260.00 per month presuming a four week month. A single segment highlight could be aired this way. To have a single 30 minute program aired weekly would cost USD$110.00 per week. That would be a cost of USD$440.00 per month presuming a four week month. Highlights from across the network could be aired this way. There is an example of how such could be structured. To have a single 60 minute program aired weekly would cost USD$150.00 per week. That would be a cost of USD$600.00 per month presuming a four week month. Most network programming could be aired as a block although we might have problems filling all the time allotted occasionally. The station we got the quote from has fairly reliable coverage of Europe, Canada, and elsewhere. The other programs already on the station can equally offend both sides of the aisle, alas. If you don't like far-right or far-left programming, we could be an interesting alternative. Do we have funds to do this on-hand? Heck no! What little that has come in has gone to equipment replacement. Equipment failures over the past two weeks have been dismaying as it is. I spent a significant chunk of today sourcing replacement hardware that could be purchased out of the tiny pool of funds available. The network cannot, for now, act upon this. Putting this out in the open at least lets others think about it. People interested in putting up money, for whatever reason, should not contact me but instead should contact Blake.
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LISTen: An Podcast -- Episode #72

This week's podcast is going to sound perhaps a little different. We were testing out our field equipment profile in a new location. I was dog-sitting a bull dog and her puppies so the usual recording location was a no go. The episode starts off with the zeitgeist review. Per usual, we look at the week's top ten stories by hits and by comments and bring you the lower half of each. The LISNews daily e-mails (you are subscribed to them, aren't you?) typically bring you the first half. After that we relay three stories from Radio New Zealand International. As the crisis in Fiji continues to heat up, press freedoms are being curtailed and journalists are being jailed. The three stories relate to how the knowledge ecology is being fundamentally altered in the island nation by the military regime presently in power so as to stamp out dissent. Fiji was a Westminster-style parliamentary democracy as recently as December 2006. With the relay out of the way, discussion of the recent Google and Twitter issues is presented from the perspective of libraries operating within the overall reach of their funding agencies. The concept of Service Level Agreements is raised and discussed. That piece has been made available for licensing on Public Radio Exchange. Related links: Low-bandwidth version of this episode Blog of Whitney Hess Piece on the Google situation last week Twitter on their recent change Whitney Hess on Twitter's recent change LinkedIn Profile of Andrea Mercado

Tech for Techies #12

This week we talk about the hardware and practicalities of recording an interview. We also rerun the Tech for Techies Segment #12 describing constructing the cell phone audio tap for interview purposes.

LISTen: An Podcast -- Episode #71

This week's episode is varied as to topics. First up is an interview with Jono Bacon, community manager for Ubuntu. Bacon talked to us about his upcoming Community Leadership Summit where librarians would be welcome as librarians. Also discussed was the nature of the Ubuntu release parties and how they help hold a community together.

Outsourcing outreach

Wandering through the iTunes Music Store, I noticed multiple library science-related podcasts that have faded out of existence. Programs like Uncontrolled Vocabulary and LibVibe no longer exist as going concerns. Some programs seem to potentially still exist but have gaps between episodes ranging between seven and ten months. Library Geeks shows gaps of up to ten months between individual episodes. LIS Radio from the University of Missouri-Columbia has not released a podcast since February 2009 and their webcast calendar is currently devoid of entries.

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Tech for Techies #11

This week on Tech for Techies we talk about noise. Not only are we talking about it, we are giving you a plethora of sound bite examples for your listening pleasure.

Hyperlinked History- Starting Point by The Faceless Historian

If I'm counting things correctly, this is the tenth episode of Hyperlinked History! Who would've thought I'd squeeze ten episodes out of this thing? I wanted to throw out a quick thank you to all who've listened and I hope you're enjoying the series at least half as much as I enjoy making it. Big thanks to Stephen, Blake, and the gang here at LISNews too! You can't find better folks to work with.

Thoughts - A Grab Bag Posting

Many things are going on so this is a consolidated post. Reader discretion is encouraged.

I. The LISNews Netcast Network Operating

So far, so good operationally. We're providing audio content for those who want it. We've been gaining non-librarian listeners for Hyperlinked History and Tech for Techies. A beautiful thing is when they outright tell me via that they're subscribing.

Network content always needs to grow. Our main focus in terms of content areas is to bring up matters with an applied focus. Pure library science is fine but we already have LISTen: An Podcast covering that somewhat. Some subject areas that are desired to get applied programming on include as examples: science in our lives, health science, transportation systems.

II. The Nature of the Network

Is the work of any network producer in creating programs an act of librarianship? I would definitely say no to that proposition. In the disciplinary spectrum, what the producers do is more appropriately mass communication and/or journalism. There is not a librarian way of podcasting or a nurse's way to podcast or a civil engineer's way to podcast. In the end, it is an art of mass communication.

III. The Network And The Public Radio Exchange

We've been trying hard to get pieces posted to Public Radio Exchange. The problem is getting stations to buy what we produce. I would love to have Hyperlinked History broadcast on National Public Radio stations across the United States as part of a block with Tech for Techies and highlights of LISTen. While we can get ourselves in front of stations, listener demand is far more important and useful. If you want to share the network with people beyond your wired-in, cloudy community then contact your local NPR affiliate today and ask their program director to pick us up.

IV. The Network And Listeners Abroad

Quotes have been sought for how much it would cost to get network programs relayed via shortwave to places abroad. For covering Europe we have a viable option with one US shortwave broadcaster. The cost of that will run about one hundred US dollars per month. For the Pacific, we're not so lucky. The quote we just got for relay coverage was for just under one hundred and ten US dollars per week. For those abroad with bandwidth restrictions, such as in Australia or New Zealand, this may be better in the long run in terms of one's cost in listening.

This is still very much a work in progress. We do not have the funds on-hand to approach this at this time. To reach European listeners, we'll have to pay out at least USD$1,200 for airtime. To reach listeners in the Pacific, we'll have to pay out USD$5,720 for airtime. As for operating our own station, frankly we could not afford the cost of that at all let alone secure the requisite license from the Federal Communications Commission.

Why the worries about listeners outside the United States? In many respects, there are apparently far more listeners outside the United States than within it. We're not the only ones in this state of affairs either, too.

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Hyperlinked History To Change Days

I wanted to send out a heads up to the listeners of the LISNews Netcast Network and fans of Hyperlinked History that I will be changing the day I publish the show online. Due to some schedule changes and the madness that is a summer reading programme, this will be a lot easier for me to get a show up regularly.

Starting this week the show will go online every other Thursday around midnight, Eastern Time. For international folks that's Friday 04:00 UTC.

So when you don't see a show online tomorrow morning, you'll know why. Just wait another 24 hours, that's all!

LISTen: An Podcast -- Episode #70

This week's program is fairly brief. A rough transcript is available after the "read more" jump. E-mail subscribers should follow this link. As an experiment, a low-fidelity version of this episode is available for manual download here for those with lower speed links or severe bandwidth restrictions.


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