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LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #39

An airline?  On Twitter? This week the production team had the opportunity to visit BlogWorldExpo. Many vendors there will not be at Internet Librarian to exhibit and had not ever heard of its existence prior.

Interviews included in this episode involved chats with representatives of:

The final part to our BlogWorldExpo coverage will be released Thursday night Pacific time. That part will be different as some of the extended interviews will be aired. The list of speakers will appear deceptively short but there will still be plenty to listen to.

Related links:
The first part to LISTen's coverage of this event

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LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #38

Outside the south hall This week the production team had the opportunity to visit BlogWorldExpo. The event was packed with vendors showing off tools and products to help bloggers produce even more effective content. With the rise of Library 2.0 and the growth in the use of blogs as well as other social media tools, much of what was on display was quite relevant for librarians.

Interviews included in this episode involved chats with representatives of:

Since we have so many interviews we are dividing such up. Special episodes will be released on LISNews on Tuesday and, if necessary, Thursday. Keep an eye on LISNews for additional episode posts. Our goal is to keep the episodes around thirty minutes in length and we have still more to share.

Related links:
Website of Edward B. Driscoll, Jr.
Piece by Rick Moran of Pajamas Media on BlogWorldExpo
Flickr photos tagged from this event

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Coming up in LISTen #38

BlogWorldExpo 2008 remains underway and has been a unique event. In many cases, the LISTen production team have been some of the only ones conducting stand-up interviews. Los Angeles-based TechZulu is also on the floor doing interviews.

Who isn't here? We've been looking for representatives from CNET and other tech news outlets. They're surprisingly missing. With the TWiT network suffering a fairly major server outage right now, their attention is focused on their own house rather than the happenings here.

Interviews we have conducted so far include:

  • Pajamas Media
  • Sodahead.com
  • MindTouch
  • PodBoxx TV
  • Woopra
  • CrowdScience

The event continues today as well as Sunday. The next episode of LISTen will have coverage from the event. Specials throughout the week might also arise, circumstances permitting.

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #37

This week's episode brings an interview with Jessamyn West as well as a commentary by the program's audio engineer under the heading of "Patron Perspective".

Related links:

Jessamyn West's post: On Fact Checking and Sarah Palin and Book Banning
Jessamyn West's post: Sarah Palin, VP nominee
Worldcat.org holdings of the Piers Anthony book cited in the commentary
BlogWorldExpo site
Post by Blake about BlogWorldExpo
Post by Stephen about BlogWorldExpo

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LISNews Is Going To BlogWorldExpo: Anything You'd Like To Hear About?

The LISNews Podcast (LISTen) team is gathering ideas and concepts to inquire about with BlogWorldExpo exhibitors. This PDF (Or the Website) has the exhibitors listed with brief descriptions of what they do as well as their websites. Full questions need not be posed, just areas to explore.

If there is anything you'd like to hear about in a future LISTen podcast, please let us know.

You have about a week to get your questions in, we would need to hear back from you and others via e-mail by late night on September 17th.

The 2008 BlogWorld & New Media Expo will take place September 20-21 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. In addition to the only industry-wide exhibition, BlogWorld features the largest blogging conference in the world including more than 50 seminars, panel discussions and keynotes from iconic personalities on the leading-edge of online technology and internet-savvy business.

Stephen also wrote something in the matter.

Another videotext thing

Sometimes the team communicates matters aurally. This time the method used is more visually based:

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #36

This week's episode features an interview with new media strategist Tommy Vallier talking about Google Chrome, an installment of Tech for Techies discussing how to build a telephone bridge for recording interviews, and a commentary.

Related links:
Website of Tommy Vallier
Twitter stream of Tommy Vallier
Google Chrome

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Until things relative to telecomms are resolved...

...this is all I have in terms of capacity for doing telephone interviews:

C139 with headset jack bridging

It may not look like much but it did surprisingly well in its very first run. The bridge worked quite well being adapted into our wiring setup for recording. While I miss the flexibility of Skype right now, I have to work with tools available. Fortunately this bridge was able to be built (solder and all) in a fairly short period of time by the program's engineer.

If you want to see a larger size version of the picture, feel free to click on what is shown above. Provided all proceeds well there will be an installment of Tech for Techies talking about how librarians out there can build their own.

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #35

Considering the hurricane situation in the Gulf of Mexico as well as the normal slow-down to news at this time, this week's episode has no interviews to it. A new installment of Tech for Techies is presented relative to interviewing for podcasts and gives some advice for librarians and teacher-librarians who may be involved in such. The program's engineer presented a brief bit about BlogWorldExpo 2008 (e-mail about that can be sent too). A commentary is also presented.

If you want to learn more about the situation with Hurricane Gustav, you can add this URL to your podcatcher to receive audio reports directly from the National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/audio/index_podcast.xml. As of the time of posting, updates were being issued regularly by the National Hurricane Center. An expanded listing of resource links can be found at LISNews here.

As an experiment in light of recent discussion, a transcript of this episode is available for purchase. The options exist to secure copies in either print form or electronic form. Pricing was intentionally kept on par, to the extent possible, with that asked by programs hosted by Oprah and Dr. Phil. This is a test to see if there is sufficient interest to back future transcript efforts as such involves diverting time and resources from other efforts.

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Why LISTen does not offer transcripts

The question arises at times as to why LISTen does not have transcripts available. The first thought in my mind is that the team is producing an audio production and not a weekly newsletter. Even at the longer length, LISTen is geared quite a bit towards folks who are making their morning commute to work. With the prevalence of "bedroom communities" in the United States it only appeared logical to consider listeners having commutes longer than five minutes. With an international audience, I also have the difficult task of ensuring that I am not completely focused on the United States to the exclusion of other things.

Transcripts are not impossible to find for various media expressions. CNN's transcripts are available freely online and the up-to-minute ones appear to be recordings of what was shown in Closed Captioning. Other media outlets provide such on a fee basis for programs such as the chat show hosted by Phil Donahue.

While there are scripts to some portions of the podcast, the percent of each episode that is scripted is far less than it was eight months ago. Live interviews have been obtained. The problem is that I cannot do the transcripts myself. It is hard enough listening to myself as we prep an air check and I don't want to hear myself over and over saying the same thing.

A firm in the Los Angeles area known as Noble Transcription Service does cater to podcasters. Their rate card is available online. In terms of their rates, LISTen would normally fall into their third category due to the multiple voices heard and varying segment types which otherwise results in a fee of $3.15 per minute for transcription. To cover the special edition with Dr. Stanley Kurtz as well as episodes thirty two to thirty four the cost for three to five day turnaround is USD$267.75. A rush order for those episodes coming back in one to two days would cost USD$352.75.

At the blog of Uncontrolled Vocabulary I did quote some incorrect figures. Those related to another service I cannot quite afford at the moment. I apologize for any confusion caused by that, especially in terms of this post.

This is not a cost I can pick up right now let alone on a continuing basis. Producing the podcast, among other things, became my day job as of the start of August. I have had to do enough donor prospect research to try to fund the operation of what is regarded as a legitimate media entity. Unfortunately nothing has turned up as to those funding hunts, yet.

Seeking podcast transcripts is a difficult thing. Contrary to what some who frequent LISNews may think, LISTen is actually quite mainstream in the podcasting world and considered fairly timid. We're not blazing new trails but we're also not in left field. I know that the TWiT.TV LLC network of podcasts offers no transcripts for their shows and they not only have more staff than the crew at Erie Looking Productions but also quite a bit of funding that I only wish I had. Mr. Laporte's network is now up to four employees and will hit five once they hire a video editor. If the eight hundred pound gorilla in the field is not moving on releasing transcripts then perhaps its lead needs to be followed.

I do not write this to be nasty or evil. I put this forward to show the business realities I am working within. It was suggested at one point to have a subscription-based entity operating to divide the costs of transcripts as well as operations. I dismissed the suggestion on the grounds that that would be too much like how Rush Limbaugh operates and that I doubted anyone would subscribe.

Transcripts are not free. There is a cost involved. The rate card I have linked to above shows what the minimums per minute will be. The machine-produced transcription service that is out there currently does not cover LISTen and likely won't be making things free any time soon. I'm out of ways to avoid any costs on this one.

You can suggest ways of funding this by hitting up the contact form and selecting under category "Contacting LISNews Podcast". That reaches not only the team in Las Vegas but also Blake. This has been an open matter for consideration for a while now and we have come to no good answer. If you have a good answer, we are interested in hearing what you have to say.

The head of logistics at Erie Looking Productions said as to this, "You guys do enough freebie [EXPLETIVE DELETED]." -- Read More

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