Congrats Essayists

It is probably a good thing I did not ping Blake with yet another note asking if the votes were tallied yet. Congratulations to Abigail Goben in the US, The Effing Librarian at Effing's volcano lair, and Ned Potter out in the United Kingdom. I also want to thank all the writers for their great works. Patient LISNews followers might be starting to see a pattern. If you are one of those followers, you're pretty much on the right track. We started out with the summer series in 2009 where essays were invited. The essay contest in February was open to all who came. The forthcoming LISNews Bulletin is going to be a hybrid of the two processes in which all can propose but due to the scarcity of available pages there will be choices made. You need to hear LISTen #111 to hear what the submission process for the Bulletin will be. The end goal to all this is to encourage expression in today's knowledge economy. The traditional role of librarian as caretaker for end products is starting to go away. Nowadays librarian success is better ensured by knowing about the birth to death life cycle of information expression forms. Database vendors now securing exclusivity agreements with content producers will impact how librarians serve their patrons. Knowing why that happened helps with finding workarounds and other solutions to ensure that patrons are still being served. Practicing participation in the different stages of the life cycle for a piece of information allows for more holistic work within today's knowledge economy. We keep testing out ways to build community virtually these ways so that librarians can stay on top of the heap in the knowledge economy. While the virtual world cannot contain the whole conversation all the time, it can at least serve as a starting point for it. How can we help patrons if we do not get our own feet wet? In the end, keep writing.
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LISTen: An Podcast -- Episode #111

First we have a word from producer Gloria Kellat:
Folks! The team behind LISTen is getting set to bring you a print supplement to LISNews. Would you like to immortalize yourself in the very first LISNews Bulletin? Since we are trying to raise capital to cover printing costs so that we can give out the Bulletin as a free market test at Computers in Libraries 2010, we are putting together a patrons page. For USD$10 you can be listed as a supporter of an offline counterpart to LISNews. With just 10 patrons we can have 70-100 copies of the Bulletin to give out at Computers in Libraries 2010. For more details please contact me at [email protected] before April 1st and make sure you put "Patron Page" on the subject line.
And now back to the regularly scheduled show post... Recognizing that Health Care Reform is dominating the news in North America and squeezing out other news channels, we have a miscellany this week in addition to leaking more details about what this LISNews Bulletin is envisioned to be. Related links: What on earth we were referring to as to the posting time The Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 3.0 Unported License Jessamyn West on her bridging the Digital Divide presentation Access to the slides from Jessamyn's presentation PDF of the essay on online censorship Dan Lynch on the Digital Economy Bill BBC News on Chinese fears of intimacy between Google and the US Government Declan McCullagh on the toning down of the cyber-security bill before the US Congress Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on Pennsylvania municipalities going bankrupt Room of Infinite Diligence relative to New Zealand filtering

Brand New Campaign: Save Libraries

Something we all care about has become a website, a facebook page and a twitter campaign, Save Libraries, organized by librarian Lori Reed.

LISHost is proud to host the new website; here's the facebook page and the twitter hashtag is #savelibraries. How many hits on twitter??? Check out

Now get out there and spread the word!! More info to come shortly.

Celebrating Our Own / LISNews Author Andy W's a Mover & Shaker

Congratulations Andy!!!! From Library Journal:

Flavor of the Month Move over, Cherry Garcia. If Andy Woodworth has his way, the next hot Ben & Jerry's flavor could be Gooey Decimal System.

The 32-year-old adult services librarian at Bordentown Library, NJ, Woodworth is creator of “People for a Library Themed Ben & Jerry's Flavor” a Facebook group he started in June 2009 that's mushroomed to more than 8000 members and quickly gained international media and blogging attention. (It's been picked up by Andrew Sullivan's Daily Dish, The New Yorker's The Book Bench blog, Britain's The Guardian, and even the United Arab Emirates newspaper, The National.)

But don't be fooled. Woodworth's project has a hidden agenda—it's part of a multipronged advocacy effort to get libraries noticed, appreciated, and funded.

I don't care what the name of the winning flavor is...but it's GOT TO have chocolate.

LISTen: An Podcast -- Episode #110

This week's podcast took a different operational stance in recording. Instead of the usual cassette deck, we shifted instead to a reel-to-reel system: Special Rigging for LISTen 110 If you click the picture above you can see a larger version of that snapshot. The computer pictured functioned essentially as an overgrown cart machine. This week's episode was recorded on a 1978 TEAC 3340S deck at 7.5 ips on normal bias. The other deck we were working with was intended to give more of a 1970's audio vibe but the recorded results sounded like chipmunks on a methamphetamine binge. News was slow this week and budget constraints dictated that South by Southwest Interactive was not happening for the air staff. A miscellany is presented as well as a zeitgeist review. Related Links: National Bookmobile Day Omeka in the Cloud StatusNet Cloud Service Enters Public Beta LISNews Pinger On Identica LISFeeds Pinger on Identica LISFeeds John C. Dvorak on the media dead pool Whitney Georgina Hess on learning leadership The Register on the Ubuntu theme makeover The Register on BBC cuts

LISTen: An Podcast -- Episode #109

This week's episode brings word of a developing story relative to the logistics back-end to interlibrary loans in the United States as well as discussion of the digital divide from a practical perspective. The BBC World Service is used as the example in the essay.

Librarian Essay Contest: 22 Essays in 28 Days

We received 22 essays last month in our librarian essay contest. I'll call this experiment a complete success. The most read essays show well over 2,000 hits (though we don't really know how many people read each essay). Our panel of expert judges will now begin the difficult task of picking the 3 winners. You can help by registering a vote on each essay you've read. I'll announce the winners within a week or two. Thanks to everyone who submitted their work!
Use the tracker page for a quick overview of all the essays:


LISTen: An Podcast -- Episode #108

This week Stephen moved away from the microphone as long-time engineer Mike Kellat took charge instead. This episode has a zeitgeist recap and talks briefly about the situation post-earthquake in Chile. Practical suggestions are offered as to worthwhile avenues of action by concerned library personnel.

In addition to the audio program an attempt was made to reformat one of the segments of LISTen 107 as an animation bit.


Budget cuts seem the order of the day, this article in the Thursday edition of the Columbia Spectator gives librarians another grim look of what is ahead. Unfortunately, with state budgets still taking losses it looks like we could have to get used to more cutbacks in services, materials and staff.

Recession forces New York City libraries to check out early

Unfortuantely, there is more bad news, this story posted on the 24th and speaks again about the drastic cuts that most librarians will see this year and possibly over the next two years.
Recession forces New York City libraries to check out early



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