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LISTen: An Podcast -- Episode #59

Let's try out a different approach to show posts this week. Timings are approximate. Related links are interleaved.

Due to length this is broken so as to not take up the entire main page which requires one to click "read more". Readers and listeners seeing this via RSS or a FeedBurner e-mail subscription are encouraged to visit LISNews itself to get the show break-down as well as the related links. -- Read More

20:58 minutes (8 MB)

LISTen and Hyperlinked History by The Faceless Historian

While Stephen deals with the stress of moving, he asked that I fill in for him for a special episode of LISTen - The LISNews Podcast. As my alter-ego, The Faceless Historian, I'll take you on a journey through history back to the distant past and the origins of the DRM and copying controversies we deal with today.

Stephen and the regular LISTen gang will be back next week with your regularly scheduled podcast. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy something a little different about something related to issues we face in libraries today.

If you're in the mood for more of my historical meanderings, you can catch my podcast (Hyperlinked History) on iTunes or via the Hyperlinked History website.

27:45 minutes (8 MB)

LISTen: The Podcast -- Episode #58

Not only is this episode longer than usual, it is a bit more varied relative to topical matter.

Tony Millett, a member of LIANZA's Copyright Taskforce and a spokesperson for the association, spoke to LISTen about the unique copyright situation arising in New Zealand. Joshua Ferraro, Chief Executive Officer of LibLime, spoke to LISTen about the new service launched by his company. Due to an equipment failure that interview was partially truncated although the surviving part is aired in the podcast. The final interview was with Andrew Breitbart, the owner of, where there was discussion about the creators of their mediums of expression libraries care for.

The podcast wraps up with an abbreviated Linux report.

Show-related links:
New Zealand Computer Society on the copyright issue there
InternetNZ on the copyright issue there
Article from The Independent on the copyright situation in New Zealand
LIANZA Press Release on the copyright situation in New Zealand
Press release on the boot camp for all librarians, not just IT people, referenced in the episode
Press release from LibLime about their service
Opinion piece by Andrew Breitbart that led to the interview news portal
Big Hollywood site
Piece by David Harsanyi about dissent referenced in the interview with Mr. Breitbart
Release announcement for Ubuntu 8.04.2
Release announcement for CrunchBang Linux 8.10.02
Release announcement for FreeBSD 7.1

Other related links:
Morgan Webb announces the end to WebbAlert, which was recommended to librarians by LISTen in early 2008
"An Essay in Opposition"

43:39 minutes (8 MB)

LISTen: The Podcast -- Episode #57

This week's episode is a bit varied. First up is an interview with Blake Carver discussing the 10 Librarian Blogs To Read in 2009. Following that there is discussion of Flickr backup tools as well as hosting alternatives for libraries. A set of Linux briefs wraps up the episode.

10 Librarian Blogs To Read in 2009
Episode providing background to the Flickr discussion
Mercury News story on new Yahoo! CEO
Direct download of FlickrEdit
igal list of static gallery creation tools on Windows list of static gallery creation tools on Macintosh
Discussion relative to using Drupal to make an image gallery
Boot Camp press release on LISWire
Boot Camp press release on the Erie Looking Productions blog
The LISTen special that led to the discussion of Flickr

19:08 minutes (8 MB)

A LISTen Special: Is The Cloud Dissipating?

In this special edition of LISTen: The Podcast one finds a chat with Blake Carver talking about creating a Drupal site as well as discussion of implications arising from recent changes on the Web 2.0 frontier. An audio news release from the United States Postal Service is presented so as to show another example of that communications form for libraries seeking to innovate in PR. LISTen is available to libraries who want to take a practice shot at such before approaching their local media outlets.

The next regular episode of LISTen will be released on or near 0500 UTC on January 19th.

Related links:
14 January 2009: Saying Farewell To Some Google Services
Late Night Pondering
Planet "river of news" aggregator

15:31 minutes (8 MB)

And another thing...

I posted at the Erie Looking Productions site a quick post about why we cannot review Windows 7. This doesn't come from any animosity towards Microsoft. This comes instead from lacking the funds to procure sufficiently capable hardware to handle such. As things stand now, our test box is a Pentium 3 that would likely not handle the strain.

The post there links to the overall operating budget to keep LISTen afloat. This is the same clickable button shown on the budget page:

LISTen: The Podcast -- Episode #56

While other podcasts are talking about the aftermath of MacWorld and CES, LISTen capitalizes instead on how it couldn't be there. This episode brings an installment of Tech for Techies that goes hardcore looking at planning online media production. A commentary is also presented in the matter of the upcoming change in policy by OCLC relating to data ownership. In between those two pieces an audio news release from the National Institutes of Health is aired relating to the availability of genetic data sets.

A vodcast episode has additionally been released this week. This is its embedded player:

Such can be directly downloaded from this link.

First referenced microblog post by Leo Laporte
Second referenced microblog post by Leo Laporte
Code4Lib wiki page on the OCLC policy matter
Library Journal report on the policy matter

17:22 minutes (8 MB)

Good news

It is my pleasure to announce that the production audio engineer for LISTen, Michael J. Kellat, was re-elected tonight to the board of directors of the Guitar Society of Las Vegas for a one-year term. The next board of directors meeting will determine whether he remains an Events Director for the society.

As to the Consumer Electronics Show & LISTen...

This is the post I never wanted to write. I have to be upfront though. I failed.

The Consumer Electronics Show is starting Wednesday. The crew is located in the Las Vegas Valley. For the various locations in Paradise Township that CES will be occurring at, we're just a thirty minute drive away.

The only thing stopping us from getting in is the lack of a media badge. Supposedly this is the easiest event to get a badge for. LISTen could not be badged for this one.

What held us back? The biggest problem is the definition of "professional journalist". That definition doesn't hinge on a degree. It hinges on being paid.

CES is rather restrictive when it comes to their defining journalistic activity. That we are not paid actually hurts us severely. I try very hard to maintain as much as is feasible the correct forms of production that would be found in any radio station you might encounter. As far as CES is concerned, that is all for naught because we're not funded.

I had an ambitious operation planned. Other players won't subsume us into their operations because they see us as equals. While it is a great honor to be considered colleagues the problem is that it restricts us heavily in keeping our operation funded. We were going to hold accreditation for two outlets to help ensure we got past the problems Gawker Media created last year.

When CES kicks off Wednesday morning, we won't be there. There are consequences to people's actions. Being so close yet so operationally far away irks me mightily as I have already complained on Twitter.

Not having the operation funded has been problematic when trying to get doors opened. This has hindered us in getting some interviews. Some events are such that we cannot get in the door due to having no funding. Contrary to perceptions by most librarians, trying to run something like this expense-free is not feasible. We got lucky getting in the door at BlogWorldExpo because originally they wouldn't even approve me while they did approve the podcast's engineer. Some fancy footwork and excellent negotiating got me in to the show.

I watched the numbers on BlogWorldExpo and New Media Expo carefully. This is the kind of stuff librarians like to hear. As a consequence of lacking funding, you'll have to suffice with generalist views of tech on display at CES rather than having an MLS attempt to apply it to operational realities.

I'm sorry. I tried. In this case, you literally got what you paid for...and that annoys me heavily...

Have an author you want us to interview?

With the start of a new year, I have to make a call for suggestions on authors to interview. A thread has been opened at the Erie Looking Productions site for this. Why there? Disqus lets me export comments to Comma Separated Values which I can then import into a spreadsheet program and create a tracker. Tracking down authors for interviews can sometimes be tricky which is why such a bit of case management is needed.

Some of our previous author interviews:
Piers Anthony
David Weber

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