LISNews Features

A LISTen Special: Is The Cloud Dissipating?

In this special edition of LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast one finds a chat with Blake Carver talking about creating a Drupal site as well as discussion of implications arising from recent changes on the Web 2.0 frontier. An audio news release from the United States Postal Service is presented so as to show another example of that communications form for libraries seeking to innovate in PR. LISTen is available to libraries who want to take a practice shot at such before approaching their local media outlets.

The next regular episode of LISTen will be released on or near 0500 UTC on January 19th.

Related links:
14 January 2009: Saying Farewell To Some Google Services
Late Night Pondering
FlickrFS
FlickrEdit
Planet "river of news" aggregator

15:31 minutes (8 MB)
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10 Librarian Blogs To Read in 2009

I started the "10 Blogs To Read in..." 3 years ago to find people in different areas of librarianship doing the most interesting and original writing on the web. Each year we've gathered a group of librarians working hard to increase the understanding our profession and it's place in the rapidly evolving online world. Again this year I tried to choose 10 writers who cover very different aspects of our profession, 10 sites that inform, educate and maybe amuse. I hope you'll find the list a nice place to find something new to read, or a place to gain better understanding of a part of librarianship that's outside of your normal area. We all have much to learn from each other, and these bloggers are working hard to share their knowledge and understanding with you. Read on below to see why each site made the list. -- Read More

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #56

While other podcasts are talking about the aftermath of MacWorld and CES, LISTen capitalizes instead on how it couldn't be there. This episode brings an installment of Tech for Techies that goes hardcore looking at planning online media production. A commentary is also presented in the matter of the upcoming change in policy by OCLC relating to data ownership. In between those two pieces an audio news release from the National Institutes of Health is aired relating to the availability of genetic data sets.

A vodcast episode has additionally been released this week. This is its embedded player:

Such can be directly downloaded from this link.

Links:
First referenced microblog post by Leo Laporte
Second referenced microblog post by Leo Laporte
KNPR
WBCQ
Code4Lib wiki page on the OCLC policy matter
Library Journal report on the policy matter

17:22 minutes (8 MB)
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A Thought Exercise On Intermediated Reference Service

N.B.: This is tagged under features. Questions are posed in this posting so as to help stimulate discussion. Reader discretion is cheerfully encouraged.

David Lee King wrote recently pondering Ask-A-Librarian services online and if they require a reboot. With the launch of Mahalo Answers, as discussed recently on the podcast, there may be a commercial endeavor to watch. An example of a question thread at that commercial endeavor can be found here.

David Lee King took a look at taxpayer-subsidized answers services. Mahalo Answers is a commercial answers service that has venture capital rather than tax dollars behind it. Metaphorically speaking, what features from services like Mahalo Answers could be adapted and have their serial numbers filed off for use in libraries? What could librarians contribute in the other direction?

Have an author you want us to interview?

With the start of a new year, I have to make a call for suggestions on authors to interview. A thread has been opened at the Erie Looking Productions site for this. Why there? Disqus lets me export comments to Comma Separated Values which I can then import into a spreadsheet program and create a tracker. Tracking down authors for interviews can sometimes be tricky which is why such a bit of case management is needed.

Some of our previous author interviews:
Piers Anthony
David Weber

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #55

This week's episode brings a chat with Cameron Kaiser, the creator of Twitter client ttytter, as well as a piece from The Effing Librarian and a commentary written by the program's engineer.

Links:
Blog entry referenced in the engineer's commentary
The prepared commentary text that was presented
The Twitter client, ttytter
The book by The Effing Librarian
The blog by The Effing Librarian
One book by the podcast production team
Another book by the podcast production team

23:12 minutes (8 MB)
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The LISTen New Year's Day 2009 Special

Welcome to 2009! This special episode features Blake Carver's outlook on 2009. A look at the events calendar is also presented and shows how busy the first couple months may well be.

The next regular episode of LISTen will be posted on or near 5:00 AM Coordinated Universal Time on January 5th.

Links:
LISTen budget needs for 2009
English Internet Regulation Case
openSUSE
Mandriva
Ubuntu
CeBIT
Inauguration Website by District of Columbia municipal government

19:33 minutes (8 MB)
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LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #54

This week's episode doesn't have a single theme. First up is an interview with John C. Dvorak about a sad situation with Google Docs. Following that is a brief report about the impending demise of podcasts hosted on Podango. After the Podango update a commentary is presented on utterances made by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media, & Sport in the United Kingdom.

Links:
Post referenced in discussion with John C. Dvorak
Mashable on the Podango situation
LISNews post containing multiple links to stories on the situation the commentary references
Direct link to the Christmas Special if you missed it

19:52 minutes (8 MB)
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The LISTen Christmas Special

No spoilers.

7:17 minutes (8 MB)
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LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #53

One could blame it on the holidays. One might blame it on the news being slow. In the end, this episode is a brief one. Computer complications delayed the post to where it could not post on-time either.

The episode begins with a recap of the top ten stories of the past week at LISNews. Following that the sixteenth installment of Tech for Techies is presented discussing some recent remarks by the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Secretary of Homeland Security as they might relate to libraries. A review of openSUSE 11.1, which is available for purchase as well as download, is then given. Wrapping up the episode included a note that a Christmas special may or may not happen. Decisions have not been taken yet on that.

There will be an episode released at the usual time on December 29th. It should be remembered that CNET as well as the TWiT Network will not have podcasts coming out at that time with current coverage as they are on holiday breaks. A LISTen special for New Year's Eve is under discussion as to its specifics. Further details will be announced once they are available.

12:01 minutes (8 MB)
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