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This week's episode brings an extended miscellany where we track down some potential trends that seem to be developing. The essay poses the concept of a print supplement to LISNews and seeks input.
Full text of the essay read out by the engineer
Severe Storm versus Anthropogenic Global Warming hearings
Andy Woodworth on this technological life
Lance Whitney on broadband speed
FCC on broadband penetration
Gerald Warner on Internet usage licensing
European/International Computer Driver License
ZDNet on Google being ejected from the Linux kernel
A Linux kernel developer as to why Android-related code is being excised
Zonker Brockmeier's GNU Screen tutorial
Felicia Day versus Google Buzz
OpenOffice.org Review Discussing Microsoft Office 2007 interoperability
OpenOffice.org as if it were Hasselhoff
Blogging is not cool anymore to teens
Due to the impending Super Bowl match-up on February 7th, it is anticipated that connectivity will be quite impaired for Erie Looking Productions at its rural operations site in extreme northeastern Ohio. Under optimal conditions not tied to major events like the Super Bowl, our cable broadband access has roughly one-third the throughput a conventional cable broadband connection in the United States would possess. We expect that access will be impaired during and immediately after the game. Recognizing such, LISTen #106 will not be released on February 8th as we will most likely repeatedly time-out during upload attempts.
Columns will still be released as deemed appropriate in the intervening time. These will be posted as text posts with Adobe Acrobat files injected into the podcast stream as enclosures so as to not leave podcast listeners without something.
Barring any further disruptions, LISTen #106 is anticipated to be released on or near 0500 UTC on February 15th. For those wanting to catch up on listening after ALA Mid-Winter might have put you behind, LISTen 105 remains available as does the column Defining Value.
This week's episode features an interview with the President of the ALA's counterpart in New Zealand, LIANZA. A new situation has arisen in New Zealand where a library may be starting to charge for loans of materials to adults. Barbara Garriock joined us via the magic of Skype to talk about the situation.
An LISNews zeitgeist recap as well as a miscellany of news bits are also presented.
LinkedIn profile of Barbara Garriock
Press Release: "LIANZA opposes library charges"
Dan Lynch's Review of the Nokia N900
Megan McArdle on unemployment
Thomas F. Bertonneau via the Pope Center on literacy
Miguel de Icaza on the iPad
Elizabeth Krumbach on the Ubuntu Community Learning Project
The Register on the Firefox Cross-Protocol Attack on Freenode
The Register on the Google DNS Extension Proposal
This week's episode brings an analytical essay. What is fueling this renewed drive for paywalls and exclusivity contracts for content? The essay talks about some of the economic pressures that may have been overlooked. Remember, the air staff used to work in print news which means that they have their bylines and photo credits in at least a vertical file out there somewhere.
A miscellany of brief items is also presented.
Andy Woodworth on paywalls and EBSCO exclusivity
China accuses US of online warfare
Reuters on the China situation regarding Internet freedom
Tom Foremski on a paywall hole
Usage of Mobile Internet in the UK
This Week in Fun Enters Hiatus
The death of Air America
Tech Liberation Front on Air America's death
Our indoor/outdoor tomcat is having problems. We had to rearrange things. Since I got back from the day job, the cat has been spastic. He's been far more expressive than normal with fairly strange physical antics. Here's what happened.
The space here on the farm where we record LISTen suffered some structural damage recently. I had a spaghetti pot catching the leak as water dripped down from the ceiling of that space. We just had a damage assessment that indicates that that whole space is going to have to be repaired. Before I had to shuffle off to the day job I worked with family to tear out that whole area and reconfigure another part of the farm house to compensate for the loss of space.
This truly sucks. I was worried that I was going to have to negotiate time to borrow somebody else's recording space to record the next episode. I was even more worried the podcast would be forced back into hiatus until I could figure out a solution.
After all that worry, I am pleased to say that we're still on the air barring any unforeseen complications. The acoustics profile has changed so things might sound slightly different. Listener discretion is encouraged.
This week's episode is truncated due to the holiday. A zeitgeist review is presented as well as a news bits miscellany.
Disclosure statement on the Erie Looking Productions blog
Ann Althouse on the New York Times paywall possibilities
New York Magazine on New York Times paywall possibilities
Gayle Van Horn on special BBC World Service broadcasts to Haiti
Australian Broadcasting Corporation on besieged aid workers in Haiti
CIA World Factbook profile on Haiti
Haiti in Internet user population ranking
Gayle Van Horn relaying word of ITU assistance to Haiti
By Stephen Michael Kellat, MSLS
Head Writer, Erie Looking Productions
It has been discussed in blog posts, columns, and episodes of LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast that regulation may not be the best way to bridge the digital divide. Some thoughts were obliquely mentioned at times as to how to carry out alternative measures for ameliorating the divide. Now is perhaps the time for some specifics for one facet.
Part of the problem with the whole digital divide view of things is that it insists upon rugged individualism in interacting with data. Quite unlike visiting a swimming pool, there are no lifeguards to jump in and save you when you drown in the sea of information. Economies of scale that can be derived from changing individual experiences into group experiences become of further interest as this drowning in information goes on.
For the consumption of online audiovisual content, it can be expensive putting personal media players let alone appropriate network connections into the use of every individual. Even the experience of having a television in everyone's bedroom in a home is a relatively recent phenomenon. As NCM Fathom has already shown through continuing to operate as a going business, people will gather together for communal experiences in watching programs. There are at least three movie theaters within easy driving distance of the eastern operations of Erie Looking Productions where one can watch the February 4th simulcast of the live production of A Prairie Home Companion.
The question then is how to do this sort of thing at your own libraries. Surprisingly some popular web video productions are available under Creative Commons licensing. Assuming you have your general ASCAP/BMI style licensing in play you may be able to show some of these programs without problem. Check with your library's legal counsel first to make sure that everything is in order, though.
The first matter of concern is selecting what to show. News feature program Rocketboom is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. Many releases from the White House are public domain and give you uncut views of what President Obama actually said compared to the editing decisions of a video editor. More than that is out there but it is up to you to choose it.
The second step after you choose your content to show is to select resources in your library that highlights what is in the video content. Why leave it all to video? There is a world beyond and quite likely it is already on your shelves somewhat. This is the time when reference librarians can sharpen their group speaking skills and also introduce people to resources that would not normally be touched upon in one-on-one reference transactions.
After selecting your video, finding your books, and picking somebody to speak you still have two things left to do. First and foremost you have to promote the event. If nobody know it is happening, does it really matter outside of just being wasted labor costs?
Once you promote the event sufficiently, put your best foot forward. Popcorn might even be called for and might be something a friends organization, if it exists, could help with. The biggest thing to remember in putting on the show is that the library is but one beach on the sea of knowledge that thankfully has lifeguards the others most often do not. The key distinctive for libraries in this respect that allow for differentiation is the focus on service to the information seeker that the seeker will not be getting from a computer system like Bing or Google.
Once upon a time news reels were collective experiences where people saw moving pictures from beyond their own town. After a period of varying degrees of rugged individualism, economic pressures may make communal experiences more prevalent again. Until somebody takes the plunge and tries to implement something along these lines, though, who will ever know?
Bridging The Divide: An Alternative Proposal by Stephen Michael Kellat is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.
This week's episode features a chat with Blake Carver about the 2010 Blogs to Read list and the nascent essay contest. An essay as well as a miscellany of news bits are also presented.
Postscript rendering of the LISNews 2009 Summer Series
Rendering of the LISNews 2009 Summer Series through the print-on-demand service Lulu
Symposium on mobile libraries
Open source hardware workshops coming up in Ireland
FCC Chairman Genachowski at CES
Special Column on Net Neutrality Released on 9 January 2010 (PDF)
FCC Requests Delay Submitting Broadband Plan
Galactic Watercooler #202 talking about Chuck & War of the Worlds
Snapshot by Kevin Pereira at CES
Walt Crawford on HDTV & Judder
Reuters on tech possibilities at CES 2010
Disruptive Library Technology Jester on why he uses PGP
Erie Looking Productions on the use of PGP to securely contact the air staff
WBCQ Propagation Models