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LISTen: The Podcast -- Episode #41

This week's episode is a bit of a break from a very busy week previously. After the information overload of three episodes covering BlogWorldExpo, the team brings an interview with search engine company hakia.

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LISTen: The Podcast -- Episode #40

Another look at tear downWrapping up this week's coverage of BlogWorldExpo 2008, the program's engineer edited down the interviews. Interviews included in this episode involved chats with:
Related links: The first part of BlogWorldExpo coverage The second part of BlogWorldExpo coverage
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LISTen: The Podcast -- Episode #39

An airline?  On Twitter? This week the production team had the opportunity to visit BlogWorldExpo. Many vendors there will not be at Internet Librarian to exhibit and had not ever heard of its existence prior. Interviews included in this episode involved chats with representatives of: The final part to our BlogWorldExpo coverage will be released Thursday night Pacific time. That part will be different as some of the extended interviews will be aired. The list of speakers will appear deceptively short but there will still be plenty to listen to.
Related links: The first part to LISTen's coverage of this event

LISTen: The Podcast -- Episode #38

Outside the south hall This week the production team had the opportunity to visit BlogWorldExpo. The event was packed with vendors showing off tools and products to help bloggers produce even more effective content. With the rise of Library 2.0 and the growth in the use of blogs as well as other social media tools, much of what was on display was quite relevant for librarians. Interviews included in this episode involved chats with representatives of: Since we have so many interviews we are dividing such up. Special episodes will be released on LISNews on Tuesday and, if necessary, Thursday. Keep an eye on LISNews for additional episode posts. Our goal is to keep the episodes around thirty minutes in length and we have still more to share.
Related links: Website of Edward B. Driscoll, Jr. Piece by Rick Moran of Pajamas Media on BlogWorldExpo Flickr photos tagged from this event

LISTen: The Podcast -- Episode #37

This week's episode brings an interview with Jessamyn West as well as a commentary by the program's audio engineer under the heading of "Patron Perspective".

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LISTen: The Podcast -- Episode #36

This week's episode features an interview with new media strategist Tommy Vallier talking about Google Chrome, an installment of Tech for Techies discussing how to build a telephone bridge for recording interviews, and a commentary.

Related links:
Website of Tommy Vallier
Twitter stream of Tommy Vallier
Google Chrome

LISTen: The Podcast -- Episode #35

Considering the hurricane situation in the Gulf of Mexico as well as the normal slow-down to news at this time, this week's episode has no interviews to it. A new installment of Tech for Techies is presented relative to interviewing for podcasts and gives some advice for librarians and teacher-librarians who may be involved in such. The program's engineer presented a brief bit about BlogWorldExpo 2008 (e-mail about that can be sent too). A commentary is also presented.

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Tips for the worried librarian relative to Gustav

As seen in the past, hurricanes are big news. We worry about loved ones and the electronic communications bring us ever closer. As noted in the response to Hurricane Katrina, communications were a major issue. Rumors easily spread out of the Superdome and due to those massive communications nets those rumors whipped up pretty drastic hysteria. What can a librarian do in this? The first thing to do is to be patient. While librarianship is sometimes considered a helping profession it must be remembered that a drive on our parts to help must be tempered with caution. The time to start thinking about donations of physical goods is best after landfall rather than before. The best thing that can be donated before landfall is money because that is far more fungible than a roll of toilet paper might be in terms of procuring goods. Money allows for those directly impacted to make decisions about how to respond rather than such being made in a disconnected place. The after-action reports from Katrina showed that while folks outside the impacted area might have been well-meaning sometimes the bulk donation of some types of physical goods was not quite effective. Communications will be presumably impacted by this event. LISTen will not be reporting on Gustav. Rather than get details second-hand from LISTen a pointer is given below instead to an experimental podcast from the National Hurricane Center that may be issued as often as hourly. In this case it is best to get it directly rather than filtered. Care must be taken to ensure that telephone communications are not disrupted by attempting to contact loved ones that might still be in the projected impact area. If you receive a message that circuits are busy, it is best to wait as it may be a while before congestion clears. Many emergency response plans prioritize telephone traffic to support emergency response traffic first so continually trying might only cause you grief rather than relief. Individuals impacted by the storm should have registered with the American Red Cross "Safe and Well" system which is set up to help alleviate circuit congestion issues. Even though it is a holiday weekend in the United States, the hard part is having to wait. Folks abroad also may have worries too. The links below are commended as ways to keep yourself up to date as well as for sharing with others who may have concerns. Useful links: American Red Cross "Safe and Well" Site Tip sheet by the American Red Cross on hurricane evacuation American Red Cross Gustav Newsroom American Radio Relay League's links to resources List of groups from National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster who you could donate funds to that might aid relief efforts Jim Lindgren at The Volokh Conspiracy highlights a report about charities that performed best in responding to the 2005 storms Details about the National Hurricane Center Podcast Gustav Information Center on Ning Podcasts available from The Weather Channel CNN reporting on Hurricane Gustav RSS feed for CNN hourly news audio RSS feed for CNN twice a day news video

Why LISTen does not offer transcripts

The question arises at times as to why LISTen does not have transcripts available. The first thought in my mind is that the team is producing an audio production and not a weekly newsletter. Even at the longer length, LISTen is geared quite a bit towards folks who are making their morning commute to work. With the prevalence of "bedroom communities" in the United States it only appeared logical to consider listeners having commutes longer than five minutes.

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