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Left-wing pressure group Color of Change has had a boycott campaign running against right-wing talk personality Glenn Beck. So far it is claimed that multiple advertisers have yanked their ads from Beck's television on Fox News Channel although reportedly no ads have been pulled from the syndicated radio show, the magazine Fusion, or the website. While Beck's ratings remain high, the prices for ads are likely becoming depressed.

Already seen on LISNews today was a link to a blog post concerning an ad by legal materials publisher West. In that ad, West stated that if you know your librarian on a first name basis you are spending too much time at your library. Between that ad campaign and the situation at Fox News Channel, a golden opportunity exists.

What would it take for the American Library Association to break from past ad campaigns to do something new? What would it take to get the President of the ALA in a 30 second television ad to make a quick statement? Such an ad script could simply state:

“Hello Glenn Beck viewers. Color of Change is running an advertising boycott against Glenn over his release of what they term racist disinformation. In today's stormy seas of competing viewpoints, libraries remain your safe harbor for finding truth. I'm Jim Rettig, president of the American Library Association, reminding you that libraries still serve you since time immemorial.”

A bad thing is that the name of the ALA President did not come to mind immediately for me. The latest incarnation of the ALA website makes it quite the safari to actually determine who the President is. Getting actual face time in a commercial break of a national cable show with high ratings would presumably have some benefit. Having President Rettig say that in a library setting at the University of Richmond where he is University Librarian would personalize the point nicely. This would not have to be a complicated affair to produce and should not be any flashier than your average used car lot ad on local television.

As a way to reach the great unwashed, this might actually have more effect than yanking all advertisers. Recently the boycott effort has started to backfire on Color of Change as some of the companies in the boycott have decided to not only pull their ads on Beck's program but to pull their ads off any political program regardless of whether it leans left or right. This may be the time for independent ALA action that could lead to positive results for libraries especially when publishers undercut the status of law libraries through ads by those same publishers.

If anybody in the ALA sees this and wants to run with it, you have my blessing.

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MA Librarian Gives It His All

You know the name of the game..."I Survived A Japanese Game Show". But regrettably, Y.A. librarian Dan Barbour did not.

From Wicked Local: After spending the past seven weeks appearing on televisions across the nation, Dan Barbour was eliminated from ABC’s “I Survived a Japanese Game Show” during Wednesday night’s episode.

A Young Adult Librarian at the Shrewsbury Public Library since 2007 who has also served as an Electronic Resources Librarian, Barbour said since being on the nationally televised show, people have asked him to sign autographs and talk about his experience on the show.

“My life has changed a little bit,” said Barbour, 25. “People recognize me all the time, which is weird. I went into Price Chopper in Shrewsbury the other day and was stopped five times by different groups of people just wanted to talk about the experience.”

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Bibliovision

Books, which as objects of desire have seemed to have scant place in Hollywood’s slick, visual sensibility, have a new role in the business of television.

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TV's "The Librarian" a Winner

The best in sci fi, fantasy, and horror were honored last night at the 35th annual Saturn Awards in Los Angeles. THE LIBRARIAN 3: CURSE OF THE JUDAS CHALICE (with actor Noah Wyle, the character of librarian/archivist) brought home the honors in the field of TV.

Here's a photo of him doing the typically challenging work of a librarian:
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Sunset for NTSC

The sunset of analog television will be coming soon. Only full-power stations are affected by this, though. The Las Vegas Valley has a number of low power television stations that will continue analog broadcasts. KTUD is one of them:

LPTV Example

KVVU is the designated analog night light station. This is the station that will stay on the air with an analog signal for a period designated by the FCC to ensure nobody is left behind. The night light station goes off the air on June 26th here. Here is an example I caught of their analog signal earlier within the apartment complex:

Sample of the Las Vegas Analog Night Light

KVVU's digital signal was able to pierce the walls better:

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Of course, subsidiary program streams like this are a key benefit of the switch from NTSC to ATSC for over the air television transmission:

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With luck, the DTV transition tonight should go quite smoothly. Only time will tell. ATSC is an outdated standard nowadays that the implementation of which was delayed multiple times. For those with cable television or satellite television service, this should not impact you at all.

The screen captures above were created using an elgato EyeTV Hybrid. The USB stick is a rather good television receiver.

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QUESTION:

If you had a paperback-sized device that allowed you watch any movie or show on demand, anywhere, for free, would you still read books?

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Quiet Please the TV Show?

Scott Douglas blogs about his brief attempts to sell "Quiet, Please" to Hollywood, and posts the first episode to a TV Pilot based on the book: http://www.scottdouglas.org/tvpilot.htm. Scott's original blog post is found at http://speakquietly.blogspot.com/2009/01/quiet-please-tv-show.html.

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