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Sounding Off

The Air Staff at Erie Looking Productions invites readers and listeners to call in their reactions to two recent posts floating around in the realm of the Internet. The first is a post to LISNews talking about CNET Editor-at-Large Brian Cooley's view of libraries. The second is a post at National Review Online's The Corner where Christian Schneider takes a fairly dim view of modern public libraries in the United States. The voicemail inbox is powered by Google Voice so clicking the widget below will facilitate easy access: You can also call 702-714-0397 from your own phone. The deadline for receiving voicemails in reaction to either or both of those posts is Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 01:00:00 UTC/Zulu. Clicking on the date/time mention will bring up a converter to place such in your local time context. The best messages received may be played on-air during the next episode of LISTen: An LISNews.org Program. Remember to keep it under a minute and to give a quick mention of who you are when you call.

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LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #150

Road Signage Today

As seen today in extreme northeastern Ohio: Inspiration on a rainy morning What does your library's sign say for National Library Week? Clicking on the picture above will give you a larger view of the photo.

LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #148

From this week's script: To you, dear listeners, this has some impact. The first is that any read counts on the site for any particular post should be regarded as utterly fictitious. The second is that you really should be using the FeedBurner target for the podcast rather than subscribing directly to the LISNews PHP-generated feed. The third is that our presence in the iTunes Music Store is a bit off-kilter for now and the downloading of individual episodes through that source is not recommended. That whole discussion of the weirdness on LISNews over the past week as well as an expansive news round-up can be found in this week's episode. Related links: LISNews Netcast Network on gpodder.net An example of illegal narcotics becoming a cash crop Associated Press on current economic woes Deutsche Welle on gender imbalance in Wikipedia editor stats Monty The Dog Greenstone 2.84 released Ann Althouse on the New York Times paywall Teleread on per capita distribution of ebook reading Ars Technica on Google's +1 vote up search ranking system CNET's Caroline McCarthy on Google's +1 vote up search ranking system Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals on their awards nominees in the realm of children's books Evan Prodromou on the launch of Freelish.us Ars Technica on data caps becoming a problem in Canada for Netflix Ars Technica on the reduction in wireline broadband bandwidth caps that resulted in Netflix problems John C. Dvorak on the Internet being the new opiate of the masses Creative Commons License
LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #148 by The Air Staff of Erie Looking Productions is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Afghans Angry Over Florida Koran Burning Kill U.N. Staff

Stirred up by a trio of angry mullahs who urged them to avenge the burning of a Koran at a Florida church, thousands of protesters overran the compound of the United Nations in this northern Afghan city, killing at least 12 people, Afghan and United Nations officials said.

The dead included at least seven United Nations workers — five Nepalese guards and two Europeans, one of them a woman. None were Americans. Early reports, later denied by Afghan officials, said that at least two of the dead had been beheaded. Five Afghans were also killed.

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Nixon Library To Take the Spin Out of Watergate

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- History is being restored at the Richard Nixon Library, where the Watergate exhibit once told visitors nearly four decades after the scandal led to his resignation that it was really a "coup" by his rivals.

For years the library exhibit that retraces the former president's notorious saga was a target of ridicule, panned for omissions and editing that academics and critics said shaped a legacy favorable to the tainted 37th president.

On Thursday, archivists will present a revamped and expanded version of the exhibit at the Yorba Linda CA library, a $500,000 makeover they say is faithful to fact, balanced and devoid of political judgment.

"What we tried to do is lay out the record and encourage visitors to come in ... and draw their own conclusions," said Susan Cooper, a spokeswoman for the National Archives.

More from the AP.

Angelenos Vote To Pass Measure L

From the LA Times:

Voters passed Measure L, which would set aside a greater share of property tax revenue for the city's cash-strapped library system. That measure was backed by library advocates but opposed by the Los Angeles Police Protective League, which feared the measure would result in budget cuts to public safety.

More on Measure L.

Say Yes to Measure L on March 8

Additional information on Measure L here.

LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Unnumbered Special Edition (23 February 2011)

This episode talks about information architecture in today's situation of dysfunctional nation-states that have shown no hesitation in terminating or curtailing Internet access within their territories.

An example of a plug computer mentioned in the program (click to enlarge):
A plug computer

Measure L in Los Angeles Coming to a Vote, But Major Papers Say "Vote No"

LA Weekly: Due to drastically reduced library hours and staff, which were caused by severe, City Hall-approved budget cuts children's librarian Terri Markson says her outreach work to local schools has been diminished, it's very difficult to arrange student field trips to the Fairfax Branch, and the library is now closed on Mondays -- a crucial day that starts off a student's academic week.

"The library is where (kids) type up their homework," says Markson, noting that many students from low- to middle-income families don't own a computer and printer and go to a library to use those things.

It's a shocking situation, in which politicians have quickly turned one of the largest and most respected library systems in the country into an institution that's now less kid-friendly, less student-friendly, and less family-friendly. But Measure L, an initiative authored by L.A. City Councilman Bernard Parks, seeks to help those kids and families by better funding L.A.'s public libraries.

The ballot measure will not increase taxes, but dedicates a slightly larger slice of existing money in the city's general fund to the library system.

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