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The LISNews 10 Blogs To Read In 2008

Our final Blogs to Read in 08 list includes an anonymous blogger, a medical librarian, a techie, a generalist, a law librarian who doesn't write about law libraries much, a group of law librarians, a VP, a DB specialist, and someone who pioneered the format.

The Annoyed Librarian (Feed)
David Rothman (Feed)
iLibrarian (Feed)
Judge a Book by its Cover (Feed)
Law Librarian Blog (Feed)
Library Stuff (Feed)
Marylaine Block (Email list)
Off The Mark (Feed)
ResearchBuzz (Feed)
Stephen's Lighthouse (Feed)

Once again there's no "honorable mention" list, no "see alsos," or "just in case," just a simple list of 10. The goal was a list of people who write about libraries. Read on below to see why each site made the list. If you don't like the list, please do supply your own, or let me know who we missed or who we should've left off. You can also read about how the list was made Here.

The Annoyed Librarian was this year's most popular blogger, by a wide margin. It seems everyone is reading The Annoyed Librarian (Feed). I found it difficult to summarize the exact theme @The Annoyed Librarian, other than to say "she's" no fan of the ALA. "The Annoyed Librarian is possibly the most successful, respected, and desirable librarian of her generation. She has no other interest than to bring her wit and wisdom to the huddled librarian masses yearning to breathe free. The Annoyed Librarian is a free spirit and you are lucky to have her."

LISten- The LISNews Podcast: Episode #5

We continue this week with the fifth episode to the six episode trial season. Top stories were highlighted and a web pick was given. A request for feedback was also made.

Links to items referred to in the episode

Cookbook Author Sues Jessica and Jerry Seinfeld for Copyright Infringement and Defamation
Sonora's public library closing book on feral cat flap
I got a job!
Raffaele Farina is Now a Cardinal
Have You Been LISTening? How Do We Sound? -- Blake's request for comments and feedback about the show
The LISten Trial Season Review Survey -- Allow us to learn who our audience is

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LISten- The LISNews Podcast: Episode #4

The fourth episode of the six episode trial season has a surpise in store.

After the special guest opening we have a breakdown of top stories and blog posts. A special report is given at the end about the upcoming analog to digital switch-over that television broadcasting in the United States will soon face.

Links to some of the items mentioned on the podcast:
What Do You Want To Read About On LISNews In 2008?
LIS Future:A Library Mentor and Leadership Development Wiki
JK Rowling drops hints of possible eighth Harry Potter book
A Misplacement of Vigilance
Cites & Insights 8:1 available
Death to the term "blogosphere"!
NTIA website concerning the switch to digital TV

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LISten- The LISNews Podcast: New Year's Eve Special

With some silliness and some opening drama the New Year's Eve special of LISten is presented. This special is a wee bit longer than normal episodes and had to be posted later in the day due to post-production issues. Our top stories ranged from classification issues to rankings to music and more. Some picks of blogs and podcasts to follow in the new year were also presented. The series audio engineer also makes an appearance at the beginning.

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Ten Stories that Shaped 2007

Time flies; we're due for yet another look back at the year's top library-related stories.

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LISten- The LISNews Podcast: Episode #3

This week's episode is slightly short. Such may well make up for the length last week. The audio quality may be improved, too.

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LISten- The LISNews Podcast: Episode #2

This week's episode of LISten brings word of our digital world. Stories about Google, E-Books, and Amazon's Kindle are highlighted. Unique library paint jobs are also mentioned in this week's episode.

As promised in the episode, a link to tech columnist Andy Ihnatko's discussion on the Amazon Kindle is provided for listener enjoyment.

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LISten's Pilot Episode

Enjoy the attached first episode of LISten. It is being posted a day early to ensure it works.
[Update by StephenK @ 1826 PST: It appears that the way to subscribe in iTunes for now is to copy the address attached to the orange XML feed button and paste it into the dialog box that pops up after selecting "Subscribe to Podcast"]

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LISNews - Changes Coming Tomorrow

'Cmon over to the LISNews Beta Site and let me know what you think. Sometime on Friday I'll be moving LISNews over to the new system. If you're reading this you Probably had your account moved from here, so you can login with your same old username/password. I say Probably because I didn't move over all the user accounts, but chances are if you're someone who has participated 'round here, you're someone who got moved.
Much of what there is just test garbage, so feel free to kick the tires and see how things work. The URL of LISNews will continue to be

Let Me Know What You Think!!

Open Source OPAC Market Penetration-beta 2

Bob Molyneux writes: This post presents a revised version of the summary numbers that appeared here on October 15 analyzing use of open source OPACs in U.S. public libraries. This is the second beta, if you will, on the fuller report that I hope to start doing regularly.

A discussion ensued at Web4Lib and Joshua Ferraro, President of LibLime asked for a more detailed explanation of how I got my numbers since some differed from lib-web-cats, my main source for identifying which libraries used which software. I answered at some length and those interested in a detailed discussion can go there. The earlier post dealt with the same issues, of course. I will summarize the longer Web4Lib note here.


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