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LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #178

This week's episode is brief as it touches upon high points in the news as we enter into the 12th month of 2011.

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Links Found Over The Last Week

Will the Little Printer make it big? | TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics
We’ve taken websites, that we used to print out on full-sized paper, and shrunk them down to fit on handheld devices. So shouldn’t we shrink the print down,
Facebook Buys Gowalla [REPORT]
Facebook has purchased location-based services provider Gowalla for an undisclosed sum, according to a report.
About Those "Record" Black Friday Sales... | ZeroHedge
Chair in Astrobiology Established - The Library Today (Library of Congress)
Librarian of Congress James H. Billington and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced today the establishment of the Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology.
Defending SOPA - Lamar Smith - National Review Online
Library use in Canada up due to e-books and other e-media | TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics
The Canadian Press reports that Montreal’s largest library, the Grande Bibliotheque, is thriving, and Canadian library usage in general is up 45% over the
Netflix rules out Kiwi launch • The Register
Internet-free Facebook comes to Portuguese-speaking Africa
Communication is vitally important for most users, and with Facebook adding more users by the day, ForgetMeNot Africa has come up with a solution to keep the
librarian.net » Blog Archive » Trademark battles – Koha, LibLime, US, New Zealand
librarian.net » Blog Archive » Library as Incubator Project – the best new website you may not know about
Occupy Irrelevance: Is Movement Already Fizzling Out? - Latest Headlines - Investors.com
Despite claims in the media and by supporters, Occupy Wall Street appears to be faltering just two months after the protests started, a big contrast to the Tea Party movement.
Police in LA, Philly raid Occupy camps - Yahoo! News
From Yahoo! News: Police in Los Angeles and Philadelphia stormed Occupy Wall Street encampments under darkness Wednesday to arrest or drive out some of the longest-lasting protesters since crackdowns ended similar occupations across the country.
Web-first workflows let publishers focus on the stuff that really matters - O'Reilly Radar
In a recent keynote, PressBooks founder Hugh McGuire said web-first workflows streamline book production so publishers can focus on more important matters, such as writing, finding, and editing great books.
Complaint: medical "copyright over your comments" contracts are illegal
US judge orders hundreds of sites "de-indexed" from Google, Facebook
SOPA on the ropes? Bipartisan alternative to 'Net censorship emerges
Althouse: Bloggingheads collapses.
Althouse: Whatever happened to Occupy [Your City]?
Little Printer | BERG Cloud

3:38 minutes (8.35 MB)
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LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #177

This week's episode is light fare considering the events of "Black Friday Weekend" featuring a radio classic from Dimension X. The raw take of the slush pile is available in lieu of a normal miscellany. A shopping list of items we're seeking for operations during this season of giving can be found here.

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28:46 minutes (11.55 MB)
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Demographic Rambling

Four years of podcasting with LISNews.org has been interesting. The statistics make things even more interesting. Sadly, I do not have a complete set of data points. Those that I do have worry me.

Location is key. When it comes to covering the Library & Information Science world, our main focus is not geography but instead topical matters. Based upon what data I can derive from FeedBurner's limited statistics, we may cover the right topical matters but hit all the wrong areas of geographical coverage.

From the limited geographical data I have, the bulk of listeners to LISTen: An LISNews.org Program happen to be located in places like the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Canada. US listenership actually comes in a bit lower than would be expected. This may also reflect regional preferences in how you subscribe to podcast content since the FeedBurner link is but one way to subscribe. We simply lack data for some means of subscribing to the podcast.

What can I do with having primarily a foreign audience while the content is primarily produced with a domestic US focus? Some changes in content focus may be necessary perhaps. The big problem with that is that we have virtually no budget and are tethered to the south shores of Lake Erie in a township called Ashtabula. We really do not have the assets in place to cover stories in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Canada. Expansion of assets would otherwise be necessary and we do not have a way to do so quite just yet.

The fifth year of the program is now underway. I want to make changes this year. A big one would be to secure funding for shortwave distribution. With the lessons of this year in terms of how fragile the Internet is, having a backup is important. Considering how much of the listenership is located outside North America, such would be a viable backup that would also skirt around national blacklists and firewalls.

Getting the resources to cover foreign stories is an even harder thing than simply buying blocks of airtime with money we don't have. Foreign collaborators would be necessary. Without any way to compensate them it is kinda hard to recruit such people. Indigenous correspondents would allow for better coverage anyhow compared to trying to secure a travel budget and visa clearances for international travel. We could previously handle this sort of thing through judicious use of Skype but with as unreliable as Time Warner Cable has been locally we cannot go with that option.

These speed results help illuminate what we are paying USD$39.95 to get:



The easy part is knowing what you want to do. The hard part is finding the resources to bring such to fruition. The search for resources is the big challenge for year five, it seems.

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LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #176

This week's episode is a quick one since we're so close to a holiday.

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10:08 minutes (5.83 MB)
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LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #175

This week's episode looks at a recent case of an event gone wrong and attempts to draw lessons.

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11:41 minutes (6.71 MB)
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LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #174

This week's episode is a quick one.

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The links continue after the "Read More" break except for those on RSS feeds who will see them regardless of the break -- Read More

3:13 minutes (5.93 MB)
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LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #173

This week's episode brings a very relevant audio news release about govdocs from the United States Department of Agriculture as well as an essay and a discussion of creating your own library's wish list like our example.

Further links are below the fold.

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12:18 minutes (8.48 MB)
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LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #171

Although an interview was promised, a pro forma episode is presented instead that mentions BeagleBoard and PandaBoard as well as how to contact the production crew.

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3:41 minutes (8.48 MB)
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LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #170

This week's initial episode brings a look at happenings on LISWire and LISEvents while also remarking upon a recent thread on SERIALST.

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4:48 minutes (2.23 MB)
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