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I have a patron that gave me a description of a publication but does not know the name. Wanted to run this by you guys and see if anyone had any ideas.

Patron said that he has seen in the past a publication that gathers together editorials from around the world on current event. So for this week it would have a page about the Olympics and then display a list of quotes from editorials around the world about the Olympics. There would then probably also be a page about the war in Georgia and pages on other major events of the week.

Anyone familiar with this resource?

If I can't find the reseource I can use some full-text news databases that I have access to to basically create that type of publication on the fly but if I can find out what publication he was referring to I would like to know.

Thanks.

Talk To LISNews: How Are You Using Web 2.0?

Last Week we asked "Why Do You Stick With Twitter?"

This week we're assembling audio answers from as many people as possible to another new question:

"How Are You Using Web 2.0?"

The deadline for answering either by leaving a voice mail or sending an MP3 file is 0700 UTC on August 24th. Talk To LISNews remains an audio project so while text-based replies are appreciated they are not likely to be read on-air.

To leave an answer to be included in the podcast, there are a few ways you can go.
If you are in the US, you can call 646-495-9201, enter extension 61340, and leave your answer.

If you are outside the US, or just want to use your computer, you can upload an MP3 file using the upload tool located on the podcast page http://lisnews.org/podcast/.

Be sure to tell us who you are and where you're calling from. You need not provide us with your entire bio, just something simple is fine if you’d like to remain private: "Hi, this is Blake calling from western New York and I I'm using Web 2.0..."

Is Anyone Else Having Trouble With LISNews Captchas?

Just about all the forms on LISNews currently use a simple text Captcha for obvious reasons. Yesterday I received a report of Captcha trouble that I just can't replicate.

Is anyone else unable to make it past the Captcha challenges here on LISNews?

(If you can't make it past the Captcha on this post, or the contact form to tell me about the problems(yes, irony, I know), you can email me directly btcarver and the domain is lisnews.com.)

Library jobs in Pittsburgh

An anonymous patron asked:

Why is it so challenging to find library jobs in Pittsburgh? I know there is a library school turning out new grads each semester and I know people don't like to leave the city but, aren't there enough colleges for jobs to open up at least once a year? I've been away for two years and I haven't seen a job pop up in my area. I was wondering if anyone had a theory?

Anybody have any suggestions?

Why Do You Stick With Twitter?: Talk To LISNews

Last Week we asked "Tell Us: Why did you choose librarianship?"

This week we're assembling audio answers from as many people as possible to a new question: "Why do you stick with Twitter?" Replies are needed by 0700 UTC on Sunday, August 10, 2008. (What is this in my local time?) Stephen will stitch them all together and release a podcast at some point in the next week or so.

To leave an answer to be included in the podcast, there are a few ways you can go.
If you are in the US, you can call 646-495-9201, enter extension 61340, and leave your answer.

If you are outside the US, or just want to use your computer, you can upload an MP3 file using the upload tool located on the podcast page http://lisnews.org/podcast/.

Be sure to tell us who you are and where you're calling from. You need not provide us with your entire bio, just something simple is fine if you’d like to remain private: "Hi, this is Blake calling from western New York and I stick with Twitter because..."

Talk To LISNews: Why Do You Stick With Twitter?

Last Week we asked "Tell Us: Why did you choose librarianship?"

This week I'd like to try and assemble audio answers from as many people as possible to a new question: "Why do you stick with Twitter?" Replies are needed by 0700 UTC on Sunday, August 10, 2008. (What is this in my local time?) Stephen will stitch them all together and release a podcast at some point in the next week or so.

To leave an answer to be included in the podcast, there are a few ways you can go.
If you are in the US, you can call 646-495-9201, enter extension 61340, and leave your answer.

If you are outside the US, or just want to use your computer, you can upload an MP3 file using the upload tool located on the podcast page http://lisnews.org/podcast/.

Be sure to tell us who you are and where you're calling from. You need not provide us with your entire bio, just something simple is fine if you’d like to remain private: "Hi, this is Blake calling from western New York and I stick with Twitter because..."

Firing the Librarians in Humble ISD

I am a middle school librarian in Humble ISD (Humble, Texas) who taught English for many years. This district is seriously considering firing all of its librarians. (See news article: http://www.click2houston.com/education/16488867/detail.html ). Is there any advocacy ALA can provide? Jordan Sonnenblick, young adult novelist and national spokesman for Authors Support Intellectual Freedom, has helped tremendously by emailing listservs, as well as our board and our local media. I have included all the email addresses for our board members as well as the local media below. Is there anything ALA can do to help us save our jobs? -- Read More

Would You Miss LISNews if it Vanished?

John Moore at Brand Autopsy Asked about Businessweek, now I'm curious about LISNews.

Does LISNews provide such a unique "publication" and reader experience that we would be saddened if it didn’t exist? Does LISNews forge such unfailing emotional connections with its readers that they would fail to find another website that could forge just as strong an emotional bond?

What do you want and expect from LISNews?
What makes (or could make) our website essential? -- Read More

When To Say When: Is it ever appropriate for us to shut down a thread on LISNews?

Though it's rare for any post at LISNews to get more than a few comments, on rare occasions a thread will take off and degenerate into the worst of what the internet has to offer; name calling, profanity, anger, stupidity and raw emotions. There have been a few occasions when people suggested I shut the comments down on specific discussions because of what they're seeing.

So I put the question to you, the raving lunatics that cause it to be raised in the first place: Is it ever appropriate for us to shut down a thread on LISNews because of what's being written?

Critique My New Site - LISWire - The Librarian's News Wire

I'll officially launch a new site Monday, so I'm looking for feedback, ideas, critiques and criticisms now. The new site is LISWire - The Librarian's News Wire - http://liswire.com/

"LISWire is a brand new idea from the guy behind LISNews & LISHost, Blake Carver. The plan is to allow member companies and organizations to use LISWire to send their full-text news releases and multimedia content to librarians, journalists, library professionals and the general public. We're going to build a network to distribute this information world wide. "

Let me know what you think... How does it look? Does it seem useful? Do we need to change something, anything?

Leave a comment below, hit the contact form, or drop me an email btcarver at lisnews.com

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