Implications of ‘Daily Show’ Webcasting

Some cable systems are starting to complain that too many of the programs they pay for are being given away on the Web for free.

Story in the NYT:

Google bashing from a cranky Medical Librarian

Over on is this post where a medical librarian takes issue with the NBC show "Scrubs" and it's portrayal of doctors using Google.

PBS ships out with the Navy

PBS documentary some patrons may request:

At first, the 10-hour documentary "Carrier" feels something like a crazy-long Navy commercial.

The camaraderie of the sailors, the giant metal flying toys, aimless teens finding direction at sea, the nicknames and cool tattoos - it all looks like one giant come-on. I wanted to write an eye-rolling review about how PBS has gone into the recruitment business with this miniseries, which premieres tomorrow at 9 p.m. on Channel 2. Vibrant with panoramic shots of the shining sea, "Carrier" starts out like a high-def paean to American military adventure.

But the longer you watch "Carrier," the deeper it goes. What begins as a gung-ho portrait of six months aboard the USS Nimitz develops into a more faceted take on sexism, racism, the strains of hierarchy, homophobia, and the psychic costs of living in an isolated subculture - what one sailor likens to a prison. The miniseries isn't an expose or a political statement, but it is a bottom-to-top warts-and-all profile of a crowded, high-stakes world comprised mostly of 18- and 19-year-olds. The filmmakers deliver a fine balance of both elated big-gun worship and humiliated bathroom cleaning, melting-pot team-making and the cliquishness of ethnic groups.

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PBS Educators Page on Facebook

Want to be a member (of the Facebook PBS fan page)? Get with the program!

If you are a teacher, or know one, PBS wants to alert you to the launch of the PBS Teachers page on Facebook . There they’ll include updated information and resources specially designed with educators in mind, including links to lesson plans, teachers’ guides, video resources, professional development information, schedules and much more.

Seton Hill University Librarian featured on Jeopardy

Recently ranked by TV Guide as number two among the 50 greatest game shows of all time, Jeopardy! has been a staple of prime-time television for more than 40 years. On Thursday, May 22, 2008, Seton Hill University’s (SHU) own Judith Koveleskie, periodicals librarian for Reeves Memorial Library, will appear on the show.

Koveleskie first entered the contestant pool in January 2007 with an online test at By the time the show’s producers contacted her in December to tell her that she’d done well enough to move on to the next qualifying round, “I’d kind of forgotten that I’d even took the test,” she said.


Odile Isralson, founder and executive producer of Titlepage, stopped by to tell the LISNews community about their online book review program. The website for Titlepage describes the program as being:

Great stories have the ability of bringing a level of excitement and pleasure matched by little else. Who hasn't gotten so engrossed in a book, they couldn't put it down? The thrill of living someone else's life; of embarking on an adventure one will never experience; of discovering ideas or concepts one could never dream up - all those are feelings that transcend cultures and borders.

At Titlepage we feel we don't hear enough from the people who write the greatest stories of our time. So, we've created this virtual soapbox; a 21st century version of the Algonquin Round Table.

The video production is run with Viddler on the back-end. Titlepage is available as a video podcast just as LISTen is available as a podcast. Details about the production team are also available at their site.

TNT Checks Out 'Librarian' Again: The Curse of the Judas Chalice

The most mild-mannered action hero in TV history will be back on TNT late this year. The cable network has begun production on the third installment of its "Librarian" franchise, with former "ER" star Noah Wyle reprising his title role. The movie, titled "The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice," is scheduled to premiere in late 2008.

Calling all Star Trek nerds

I'm "writing" (if you want to be generous) a strip called Black Shirts about two guys who work on a starship that looks like the USS Enterprise, but isn't. (To avoid possible legal problems; who know, IANAL.)
I'll post a few strips once a week on my blogger page, but all the strips will also be on the toondoo page:

you might notice that I use the same image for every panel: yes, I am lazy.

The Librarians: compelling without being either brilliant or actually hilarious

The Sydney Morning Herald Has A Review of the ABC TV Show The Librarians.

This intriguing series manages to be compelling without being either brilliant or actually hilarious. It's funny at times but the jokes often land too hard and stray uncomfortably into the darkness, preventing it from working in the same comedic fashion as more accessible shows such as Kath & Kim and Summer Heights High.

I think I'll start describing myself as being "compelling without being either brilliant or actually hilarious."

Have A Lend of Us

Could this be your library? One librarian is "trampy", the others are "a bit dim", "helpful and gay" and "sweet and dyslexic". Maybe...

...but it's really an inside peek at the cast and crew of the new Australian TV comedy, "The Librarians" from The Sydney Morning Herald.

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