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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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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.

An overview of the first fifteen years of PUBLIB

"Here, from the list archives and co-moderator Sara Weissman, who shares list duties with Karen G. Schneider, is an overview of the first fifteen years of the Public Library listserv, PubLib. From all of us here at, Happy Birthday and many happy returns (whatever that means as it applies to a listserv).

As you most likely know, PubLib is a discussion list for public librarians here in North America. It was established in 1992 and this year is it's fifteenth anniversary. On this momentous occasion, I (birdie) took the opportunity to interview Sara Weissman (SW) and find out a bit more about the discussion list. Here are my 24 questions and her answers.

1) Who started Pub-Lib? What inspired it? Who were the moderators? How were librarians advised of its existence? A bit of history if you please.

SW - Jean Armour Polly and John Iliff and the folks at NYSERNET (NY state educational server.) started it.

From the Public February 18 1997 digest: A Message From Publib's Co-Moderators, (Jean Armour Polly and John Iliff): "O.K., folks, it's been four-plus years, and your PUBLIB co-moderators are taking our leave. We are passing the torch to a very capable duo- Karen Schneider and Sara Weissman. In addition, the list is moving to a new site- the University of California at Berkeley. At the time it moves Karen and Sara, who already have a ton of good ideas, will take over. We'll keep you posted on the when and how of these developments, but for now things will continue as always. As our official swan song, we decided to interview ourselves in the PUBLIB Interview format. We haven't done one of these in a long time (the list has been too busy,) but we thought this might be a good way to say an early bye."

Here's a message from the Feb. 18, 1997 digest and founders Jean and John tell us how Pub-Lib came about in 1992:

John: "It started in Jean's fertile imagination. Prior to her starting at NYSERNet in 1992 she contacted me about working with her on a listserv for public librarians (we "met" virtually at The Well the previous year.) She envisioned everything, and the amazing thing is everything worked exactly as she thought. In all these years Jean and I had three brief face-to-face contacts, much to her benefit because I'm a heck of a lot easier to look at in ascii than in person! This whole collaboration has been almost daily, and it's been a great working relationship."

Jean: "There were several academic library lists circa 1992 but there was not one on public libraries. There really were not that many PL's on the Net at that time. In those days you needed heavy duty Unix or equivalent to run a listserv, and it was one of my first priorities to get my new employer to run a list for public librarians. Happily, NYSERNet agreed, we began the list in early December, 1992. It steadily grew."

This is what Jean is currently doing, NetMom: From the website: Jean Armour Polly is Net-mom and the author of six editions of Net-mom's Internet Kids & Family Yellow Pages (Osborne McGraw-Hill), a family-friendly directory to 3,500 of the best children's resources the Internet has to offer. She is also a professional librarian, employed by the Liverpool (NY) Public Library as Assistant Director and Administrator of Systems and Technology. Author, librarian, and mom, Jean has tinkered with Internet accounts since 1991 and has participated in and facilitated online telecommunities for more than 20 years.

Open Source ILS Market Penetration

This ILS Market Analysis was written by Bob Molyneux

Full-text Searching in Books

Scott Boren has a great look at electronic searching of the full-text of books. He covers Several Book Search Web Sites, Text Archives for older materials, Proprietary Book Search sites, some Smaller Collections, Google Book Search, some Emerging Projects, and some sites for Further Reading.

Peg's Polemic on Libraries

sarahmae writes "Over at the Philosophy Cafe, Peg Tittle has posted her latest polemic, Libraries: what are they and so what? This time it is about the annoyances of the libraries she uses. The horror of a kid playing games next to her in the public library and of a person talking on their cell phone in the academic library. For her libraries are a "repositories of knowledge" that "do not have an extensive collection of westerns and romances."

Does this sound like your library and if so, so what?"

Violations of Presidential Records Act Reviewed

kmccook writes "The Oversight and Government Reform Committee has been investigating whether White House officials violated the Presidential Records Act by using e-mail accounts maintained by the Republican National Committee and the Bush Cheney '04 campaign for official White House communications. This interim staff report provides a summary of the evidence the Committee has received to date, along with recommendations for next steps in the investigation.
Here is the Interim Report on Possible Violations of the Presidential Records Act.

  • The RNC has preserved 140,216 e-mails sent or received by Karl Rove. Over half of these e-mails (75,374) were sent to or received from individuals using official “.gov†e-mail accounts.


A library book is 113 years overdue. Why?

Kelly writes "This weekend see a play and find out why a library book is a 113 years old.

"Underneath the Lintel": In one of the year's best performances Michael Joseph Mitchell plays a librarian (called, simply, the Librarian) who searches for the person who returned a book 113 years overdue. He discovers more than he expected in this one-actor play by Glen Berger. 7 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. BoarsHead Theatre, 425 S. Grand Ave., Lansing. 517-484-7805. $20-$35. 070607/ENT05/706070342/1035/rss04"


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