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When Blake made his original announcement, I linked to it in Library Juice and called it "Batty." It seemed batty to me for Blake to describe his own site as a "liberal echo chamber" when to me it had for years seemed like one of the more politically conservative sources of information relating to librarianship available, in terms of the stories that were posted, but especially the comments that people were leaving. The belligerant, "AM Talk Radio" style of much if not most of the discussion on LISNews had led me to stop posting stories there roughly a year earlier and to stop reading the site almost completely. A year ago it already seemed, to me, that LISNews had, far from being a "liberal echo chamber," been taken over by a right wing librarian's militia group.
So, basically I am still disturbed by Blake's sentiments about his site and about politics in the library community. It comes as a surprise and a disappointment. If you are a reader of LISNews, I hope you will read it with a critical eye and an awareness of this development.
I would like to add that I have nearly stopped reading the comments in recent weeks. Mainly because my work load has increased and my free time has decreased, but also because it seems to be the same folks, beating each other up over the same issues. Sometimes I get the feeling that my moderate, left-leaning opinion isn't wanted here.
I received 3 questions on moderating last week, so I thought I'd write better explanation of moderation, and how it works here @LISNews.
Moderation: The ability of an LISNewster to cast a single vote on a comment. Comments end up being scored from -1 to 5, with each comment having the ability to be moderated up to 10 times, regardless of score. So the score of a comment can bounce around, between -1 (bad) and 5 (great), until it has been moderated 10 times. So if you see a score you disagree with, you can, most likely, moderate it differently. -- Read More
The LISNews user journals have been on fire lately. The journals are an eclectic mix of the wide range of personalities we have gathered over the years.
nbruce was the first to hit 100, with a diverse collection of posts, including one that suggests some of the journal work is publishable. Shoe Continues Writing about her systems job in the public world, don't miss the "Girls Gone Wild" entry, it's hilarious. There's been a Call Out on one of the oddest quotes I think I've seen on LISNews: "Sex with a horse is not the same as naked pygmies." Fang-Face has some on this on his page As Well.
There's many more, you can browse from the Top Journals Page by # of posts, and latest post, and at some point, by popularity, but I've yet to code that part. If you have an LISNews Account you already have Your Own Journal, if you don't have an account, get yourself one today.
This is a personal request. My good friend Jay is on a quest, a quest for music, a very specific quest... the mysterious-yet-legendary performance of the Grateful Dead and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in March of 1970.
Jay's been keeping track of his search On His Web Site, but he's just not having any luck.
Any music librarians out there that might be able to help point him in the right direction?
I'm considering a new section @LISNews. I'm wondering if anyone might be interested in contributing to a Political Librarian Weblog. I don't think the intelligent-right* gets enough press** and that just ain't right. Those with view points that differ significantly from the usual library line should have a place where these views can be aired, shared, and discussed. I can think of at least 2 LISNewsterz that would be perfect for this, so I'm hoping for at least a yes or no vote from them.
So, if you consider your self right of center, and can be fair, accurate and open***, let me know.
Footnotes and an FAQ below. -- Read More
Here's a nifty bookmarklet that will pop open a new window that allows you to submit a story or site you've found:
To use it, just drag it to your bookmarks or favorites list, or, better yet, add it to your navigation/links toolbar. LISNews thrives on your submissions!
We currently have 9386 stories in the ol' LISNews db. A pretty decent collection, if I do say so myself...
Looking ahead a few hundred stories, I'd like to post a fun little collection of things that say "10K". So I'm asking all LISNewsterz to get out their digital cameras, crayons, colored pencils, Photoshop or MS Paint and send us something that shows us how happy you are that we hit 10,000 stories.
Think of it as sort of a Human Clock, but much simpler. I'm just looking for one number. Be creative, get a tattoo, stack some books, shave it in your head, or just draw it on a napkin. You can send in a URL, or email an image file to blake at lisnews period com.
The best creations will win an autographed copy of The War On Our Freedoms, or, hosting on LISHost, or, best yet, a free, signed copy of "What Would Dewey Do?" and Bill will sketch the character of the winner's choice!Go Buy One if you're not going to enter.
For those of you RSS folk out there, you might not be aware of the mulitidue of RSS feeds that flow from LISNews these days.
They're all listed on our RSS Feeds page: lisnews.com/feeds.shtml.
In addition to the many listed there, there also exsists RSS feeds for each user journal as well.
They quite well hidden at the moment, but to get the RSS feed for any user journal at LISNews, use this syntax:
There's another, uglier way hidden in the journals page, and they'll both give you the same file, there's just more than one way to do it.
So, using the most popular journals as real examples...