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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #50

In this week's episode we hear from Rob Lopresti not only about music but also about stolen books at Western Washington University. An analysis of a perhaps overlooked part of media coverage of the Mumbai incident is also presented.

As for the list mentioned by Mr. Lopresti in the interview, the address to write to is:

Rob Lopresti
Wilson Library
Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA 98225-9103
United States of America

A self-addressed envelope with USD$0.59 postage is requested from libraries located within the United States. While listeners outside the United States are advised to check with their respective postal authorities, it appears that enclosing a single Universal Postal Union International Reply Coupon may be sufficient to cover postage costs.

Related links:
Alexander Wolfe's blog post at Information Week
Report by Murad Ahmed at the Times of London
Report on Twitter in Mumbai at the site of the Courier Mail
Bloomberg News reporting on response by the Indian government
Mindanao Examiner talking about the Mumbai attack
Forbes on the use of Twitter in Mumbai
A Twitter user calling for no panic creation
Global Voices looking at Twitter in Mumbai
Potential Christmas gift for art lovers
Potential Christmas gift for lovers of information policy
Potential Christmas gift for those seeking to archive podcasts

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LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #49

This week's episode of LISTen is in full form. Starting off the episode one finds a chat with Blake Carver about a recent conference he attended. The event was sponsored by OpenText and talked about its very own document management system.

Following the chat with Blake, the episode turns to talking to Felicia Day. Ms. Day writes and produces the online series known as The Guild. Due to the paucity of materials detailing how such online ventures happen, Ms. Day helps fix in the tangible form of the podcast a discussion of such. The interview was geared towards giving YA librarians and others answers for when people inquire about how programs like The Guild are created.

Following the chat with Ms. Day, a round-up of stories listeners might have missed at LISNews over the past week was given.

Recognizing that the Thanksgiving holiday weekend is only occurring in the United States this week, it might be reasonable for listeners to question if an episode will be released on December 1st. The production team realizes that a sizable amount of listeners are located outside the territorial boundaries of the United States. Barring unforeseen complications, LISTen #50 is indeed slated to be released at 0500 UTC on December 1st (what is this in my local time?).

Related links:
Open Text Content World 2008
Book referenced by Felicia Day on writing
Official website of Felicia Day
Site of The Guild

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Top 20 Things Librarians Wish Patrons Knew

Four-part column from the Seattle Book Examiner:
"Top 20 things librarians wish patrons knew" by Danielle Dreger-Babbitt.

  • Part 1, including "Enough with the sexy librarian jokes".
  • Part 2, including "We like it when you thank us".
  • Part 3, including "Practice good hygiene".

    and finally...

  • Part 4, including "Pay your fines".

    Columnist Dreger-Babbitt (who has spent the last 13 years working in bookstores and libraries) adds..."Librarians, did I leave anything out? Leave your suggestions in the comments section below."

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