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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.

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
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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
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The LISTen Christmas Special

No spoilers.

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.

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LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #52

This week's late episode brings interviews concerning technology. The first interview was with Jerry Bell of Cytec Corporation about PodboxxTV. The second is with the CEO of Mahalo, Jason Calacanis, about the newly launched Mahalo Answers. The zeitgeist round up is not repeated in this bit of audio but can be found here.

Barring further complications the next episode of LISTen will be released on or near 0500 UTC on December 22nd.

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LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #51

This week's episode is characterized by variety. The episode kicks off with a recap of stories that might have flown below the radar. After that the program talks to Evan Prodromou, the creator of the Laconica software that operates sites site as TWiT Army and Identi.ca. From there the podcast took a look at a musical program at the West Charleston branch of Las Vegas-Clark County Library District.

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