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Happy 10th Birthday LISNews!

I almost forgot! 10 years ago today I brought LISNews online. If you've been around for awhile you already know the rest of the story, if not, I'll spare you the details.

I can't possibly thank everyone who has helped LISNews over the past 10 years. Steve Glabraith, Steven M Cohen & Nabeal Ahmed, were all instrumental in helping me when I needed it most, during the early years, as was Ieleene, Aaron, Rochelle, and a few other authors who helped out for awhile and moved on. Behind the scenes Joe Frazee helped me get the original LISNews server up and running. Over the years a few dedicated souls have tirelessly submitted stories; Martin, Lee Hadden, Charles Davis, and many others. Stephen for the podcast, Robin, Troy, Andy, Dan and all the LISNews authors deserve a big thank you and a pat on the back for all their hard work. LISNews is a collaboritve site, and we all work together to make it great.

I'd like to thank everyone who has ever chipped in to pay for the server, submitted a story, wrote in their journal, left a comment, or just dropped by for a visit.

Happy Birthday LISNews. Here's hoping we have a few more good years ahead of us!

LISNews Summer Series Book

When the LISNews Summer Series started, it was stated that the essays would be collected in book form. After an interesting variety of technical problems, that has now happened.

The book is available in print form at cost here. While a downloadable version is also available via Lulu, it is priced with purpose. The digital version via Lulu sends a portion of the price back to Erie Looking Productions to put towards equipment repairs & replacement. The preference is to get out in the world the print version that is available at cost as we prefer print holdings.

The text has also been lodged with The Internet Archive and E-LIS.

So LISNews has disabled anonymous commenting???

I just saw that I could only comment if I register or log in?

What are pseudonymous commenters supposed to do when we can no longer comment anonymously? (log in, first? but I'm really really really lazy!)

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Following LISNews

We're getting closer and closer to the start of another academic year and a new intake of LIS students. A question that arises is how to follow LISNews. Recognizing that people have different interests and also different habits in consuming Internet content, it is necessary to perhaps list some of those tools.

You can subscribe to LISNews via e-mail. A page with an example of an e-mail and the sign-up form can be seen at http://lisnews.org/node/28182. E-mails normally come out once per weekday.

LISNews has a multitude of RSS feeds. The main stories RSS feed is http://lisnews.org/rss.xml and you can get wind of new comments by following http://lisnews.org/crss in your RSS reader. RSS feeds off the blogs do not necessarily function at the moment. A partial list of feeds by topic tag is available at http://lisnews.org/syndication.

LISNews posts to Twitter when most new posts are put up. You can find such at http://twitter.com/LISNews.

While there is a tweeter on Twitter for LISNews, there is an automatic posting account on Identica. You can find that at http://identi.ca/lisnews. Identica provides a variety of data export formats so that you can consume posts in your feed reader.

The feed for the LISNews Netcast Network, presently helmed by Interim Coordinator Daniel Messer, is http://feeds.feedburner.com/LISNewsNetcasts. You can also subscribe to LISNews Netcast Network posts via e-mail. You can find the network's early vodcast efforts at http://listen-from-lisnews.blip.tv/ although it should be noted that that effort may be revived, equipment permitting.

As for other specialty content within the LISHost constellation, you can read press releases related to the library realm at LISWire. LISWire can be found at http://www.liswire.com while the feed for your reader is http://www.liswire.com/aggregator/rss/1. If you have a press release to post, it should go to LISWire first before LISNews.

Hyperlinked History- The Video

When I first conceived the idea for Hyperlinked History and the whole Faceless Historian thing, I wanted it to be an online television show. At the very least I wanted to make an online documentary series with video, music, and the whole bit. So I shot a couple of test things and edited them together. Then I deleted that crap because it was terrible.

A year later, I have skills and equipment I didn't originally possess. So I'm excited to announce that Hyperlinked History will be moving into the realm of online video!

The opening of the show is available online as a sort of teaser/trailer and you'll be able to keep up with the programme both here on LISNews and on the Hyperlinked History site. Episodes should start going online around the end of August, so stay tuned!

New York City's 311 is Online

New York City's 311 has been deployed online. Rather than using the phone, New Yorkers can now jump online to report problems, submit complaints, check the status of previously-filed complaints and request city services. The initiative promises that users can get exactly where they need to go on the Web site using a keyword search.
The city also announced it's operating Skype and Twitter accounts exclusively for accessing 311 service. Tweets will report information like street parking status, school closures and information about citywide events.

New York City's 311 Online

New York City's 311 has been deployed online. Rather than using the phone, New Yorkers can now jump online to report problems, submit complaints, check the status of previously-filed complaints and request city services. The initiative promises that users can get exactly where they need to go on the Web site using a keyword search.
The city also announced it's operating Skype and Twitter accounts exclusively for accessing 311 service. Tweets will report information like street parking status, school closures and information about citywide events.

A Solar Powered Library

Taiwan has begun construction on a solar-powered library in the
Taiwanese capital of Taipei and could benefit from new incentives designed to offer solar energy providers above-market prices for the energy they generate. Rooftop solar panels will provide electricity to the two-story building. Construction started last week and is expected to be finished by June 2010. The library is a donation by Cheng Fu-tien, the late chairman of Taiwanese solar cell maker Motech Industries." - BusinessGreen

Announcing The LISNews Summer Series

A few weeks ago Blake Carver commissioned me to come up with a summer guest author series. Unexpected twists and turns helped delay the launch of the series until now. With this post I can now kick off the series.

Guests will be joining us for the next couple of weeks to contribute essays. A particular author has been set for each week and that author will be posting two or more essays. These are intended to spark new lines of thought as well as to perhaps amuse you.

I will be kicking off the series with essays this week. The guests to come will be surprises. Our very own Blake Carver will wrap up the series in its last week.

There are a variety of ways to follow the series. The first option would be to come to the site. The branch of the taxonomy tree to watch is "Summer Series". Another option would be to utilize RSS. The feed to plug into your feed reader is: http://feeds.feedburner.com/SummerSeries.

If you wish to receive an e-mail containing whole essays when they are posted, you can sign up using the form below. E-mails post between 1100 GMT and 1500 GMT. This is a two step process. After going through the first step below as well as the consequential pop-up, you will need to look for an e-mail in your inbox bearing the subject line Activate your Email Subscription to: LISNews Summer Series and click on the verification link. If you forget to do that, you will not receive anything in your inbox.

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Essays will be posted under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. In the end, the collected essays will be posted to Internet Archive. For those not favorably disposed to online archives, the collection will also be made available at cost in print form through Lulu.

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Announcing The LISNews Summer Series by Stephen Michael Kellat is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.

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