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As usual, I forgot LISNews' birthday a few weeks ago, but LISNews turned 12 (NOT 11 you dummy) years old this month, and just now rolled over 40,000 posts. If you've been around for awhile you already know the rest of the story, if not, I'll spare you the details because you won't read them anyways.
Every year I try to thank everyone who has helped LISNews over these many years. Steve Glabraith, Steven M Cohen & Nabeal Ahmed, were all instrumental in helping me during the early years (when I needed it most!).
We also had a few authors that posted like bloggers possessed, 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; Bob Cox, Martin, Lee Hadden, Charles Davis, and many others. Stephen Kellat, for the podcast, Bibliofuture, 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 collaborative site, and we all work together to make it great.
I'd also 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!
This week's episode brings a round-up of events from LISEvents.com and a couple quick news items.
Let’s Discuss: Infosuicide
Searching For Mark Pilgrim
CILIP: 2012 Council election candidates announced
Anonymous Twitter alternative developed for rioters: Favoured by anti-Wall Street protesters, apparently
4:02 minutes (3.72 MB)
LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #169 by The Air Staff of Erie Looking Productions is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.
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If clicking around in a browser isn't your favored starting point, other avenues do exist to try. -- Read More
Just wanted to toot the LISNews horn!
Lankes, R. (2011). The atlas of new librarianship. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. R. David Lankes is Associate Professor in Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies, and Director of its Library and Information Science Program. His main theme throughout the book is a new mission for librarians – "The Mission of Librarians is to improve Society through Facilitating Knowledge Creation in their Communities."
One should rightly be impressed with Lankes' resources for this book. "The Atlas is the result of more than 100,000 miles of travel to 29 locations on three continents, input from hundreds of librarians and professors from 14 accredited library programs, 25 formal presentations to more than 50 conferences, and 14 publications." (pg. 2) In fact one should be so impressed as to not take exception with anything Lankes writes at all. I'm sure hundreds of students feel the same way. But, being the critical thinker that I am, I thought I'd take a chance, and raise some questions I hope will resonate with other library professionals.
Book Review at: 21st Century Library Blog
Erie Looking Productions will not release new programming this weekend in light of Hurricane Irene's impending approach to the eastern coast of North America.
The potential for systems disruption impacting such a large portion of the United States population is something we must bear in mind. We remember the lessons of the 2003 regional outage that included us in an outage area that encompassed much of the northeastern United States as well as a major portion of the Province of Ontario. In light of recent local electricity reliability issues, we are preparing for the possibility of outages impacting us.
New episodes of LISTen: An LISNews.org Program and Ubuntu Ohio – Burning Circle are tentatively scheduled for release on September 5th, 2011.
The Air Staff of Erie Looking Productions
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This is a bit of an experiment in plumbing LISNews content into other platforms. To get a subscription, visit Amazon. If you want to transmogrify RSS feeds on your own, see the right-hand side of the LISNews page for the XML link chiclet.
As noted above in a notice posted to Identica, LISTen: An LISNews.org Program is going to be taking a couple weeks off. There are some matters of local government politics that the air staff will be tending to. There is a ballot access deadline coming up and we want to do what we can to help a particular local matter onto the ballot before then.
Barring unforeseen consequences, LISTen: An LISNews.org Program will return to air on 8 August 2011.
2011 Summer Hiatus by Stephen Michael Kellat is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
27 members of Librarians Without Borders (LWB) are currently on the ground on a service learning trip to Guatemala, from April 22 - May 3, 2011. This is part of a partnership with the Miguel Angel Asturias Academy, a non-profit private school founded in 1994 to eliminate education disparities through subsidized tuition and create informed, critically-thinking, socially conscious citizens through its curriculum.
The partnership between LWB and Asturias is focused on promoting literacy and libraries in Guatemala, and development and operation of the Asturias Community Library. As part of this trip, the group will learn about Guatemalan culture and education, participate in community organizing and change making workshops, and complete a week of work at the Asturias Academy and Community Library. -- Read More