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Stuff To Do @ Your LISNews Part 3: "Customizing"

This is part 3 of an occasional series I've been writing to showoff all the new features @LISNews. In Stuff To Do @ Your LISNews, Part 1: Reading I covered the feeds and other pages that can give you views of the LISNews content you won't see on the homepage. In Part 2: Writing I covered how you can help us create interesting content by writing comments, on your blog and suggesting stories. The full series will cover "reading," "writing," "playing," "networking," "customizing," "finding" and whatever else I can come up with as I go along. Here in part 3 I'll cover all the options listed on your "My Account" link you'll see over on the left hand side when you're logged in. With these options, you can change how LISNews looks, how your blog looks, how to track and subscribe to threads, and even send messages to other LISNews users.

After running on Slashcode for several years LISNews is now using Drupal. Drupal is an infinitely flexible Content Management System. It allows administrators (like me) a nearly unlimited selection of modules that extend the core functionality. These modules add an amazing number of options for users (like you) to customize what they see on their site. One thing to keep in mind as you read this, everything requires you to login to your LISNews account. You're just an anonymous loser unless you're logged in. I'll start this list with all the options listed behind your "My Account" link you'll see over on the left hand side when you're logged in. With these options, you can change how LISNews looks, track and subscribe to threads, and even send messages to other LISNews users.

You'll first see an option to "Write a private message." Private Messages are just what you would think they might be, little messages you can send to other LISNews users. The "To:" field does an automatic lookup as you type so you won't make any spelling errors. If this sounds too creepy, you are able to opt your account out of this feature.

Next up, you'll see Edit. Clicking on the "Edit" tab allows you to change some important options. You can first change your email or password. I won't go into my big rant on passwords here, but you should never use an important password on random sites like LISNews. You're also able to enter your twitter account settings here if you'd like to cross-post to Twitter. If you fill out the Twitter settings LISNews will spit your Blog and Story posts into you Twitter account. Further down the page you are also able to configure the Theme, Blocks, and control who can send you messages.

Themes change what LISNews look like. I currently have about a dozen themes installed. Choosing a new theme will change how you see the site, and how everyone else sees your blog. When you change the theme you see on the site your blog will look different to everyone, regardless of whether or not you're logged in.

LISten- The LISNews Podcast: Episode #6

The last episode of the trial season has arrived! Murphy's Law had somewhat held back production which results in the later than normal posting. [Updated at 1133 PST by StephenK: I almost forgot to mention there is a special guest appearing in this episode. There is no blog post related to that appearance. To learn who the special guest is you have to listen] Links to items referred to in the episode LISNews: The LISNews 10 Blogs To Read In 2008 LISNews: 10 Non-Librarian Blogs To Read? LISNews: Making This List Gives Me Stress LISNews: Facebook Asked to Remove "Scrabulous" Annoyed Librarian: Failure to Report Stephen's Lighthouse: It's Not Very Old LISNews: Steve Jobs: People don't read anymore. engadget: Sprint announces massive layoffs, store closings amid subscriber defection To subscribe in iTunes to receive episodes as they are released and our back catalog, click here. Adding a review there would be very helpful. Completing the The LISTen Trial Season Review Survey helps too. To donate money to support LISTen, click the button below:
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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 To subscribe in iTunes to receive episodes as they are released and our back catalog, click here. Adding a review there would be very helpful. To donate money to support LISten, click the button below:
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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 For those who want to subscribe in iTunes to receive the podcast when it is released on Mondays and special occasions, click here. LISten is also seeking support to help fund continuing operations. If you like what you hear and want more of it, contributions are welcomed. You can donate using the button below. (You may need to click the title above to make the button visible)
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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.

You can catch last week's episode, too, to hear more about what this podcast series is about.

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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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