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Live Call-in Segment Postponed

The live call-in segment for LISTen: The LISNews.org Podcast is postponed until later this month. With pressures coming off of PLA and heading right into Computers in Libraries I am finding that this week is not good timing in terms of having an available audience. This matter is not dead but merely on hold.

What do your feed reader folders say about you?

What can others learn about you by the way you organize your feeds?

Generally mine seem to say I live in Buffalo, I'm a parent, a librarian and a small business owner. What do they say to you? How are yours organized?

Mine say I LIVE [I meant live, not love, though I guess I do both] in Buffalo, read some comics, have an interest in cryptozoology, like to read about economics and search for bargains. I try and follow the latest developments in technology, security, business, health, the supreme court, Linux, gadgets, economics and personal finance. I read what librarians are writing on the web. I like to get ideas for running and marketing a small business. I follow web trends and security issues for computers. I have a folder for psychology because I have a BA in psychology, a folder for my wife's business, one for friends, and one for random stuff that doesn't fit elsewhere.

Here are mine: -- Read More

Do You "Do" Email?

I was just reading a post on PUBLIB and noticed a pattern, I think that a particular author "does" email. That got me thinking, is email part of working for most people now, or is it still something that needs to be done separately? For me it's like eating, or breathing even. My email program is always running, there is no "doing" email, it's just always on. Email is not a distinct part of my day, it's how many reference questions come in while I'm at work, and it's how all support requests come in for LISHost. Email isn't something that can be put off until I have free time, it's how work begins. Because of LISHost I can't go more than an hour or two without at least checking on email, the servers and support requests; ever. While I know I'm probably an extreme example, even during a regular workday I wonder if people still "do" email. 5 years ago when I worked in a huge academic library I was surprised so many people would block out time special time to "do" the email.

So I'm curious, do you "do" email? How do you handle it? Do you "do" your feed reader or twitter or something else?

Last call to vote on The 10 Non-Librarian Blogs Librarians Should Read In 2008.

It's never a bad idea to take a step away from the library world and see what else is out there. No doubt we could learn a thing or two from other professions. That's what this list is all about.

Is there a blog we should be reading that's NOT written by a librarian or FOR librarians? How will that blog help us do our jobs as librarians better? What things do we need to know about? What's the most interesting, useful or entertaining site you follow outside of the LIS World?

You don't need to send me a complete list of 10, just one or two of your favorites will be just fine. Let me know why you think other librarians should be reading your favorites. Leave a comment below, or hit the Form. I'll post the final list on Monday!

What Non-Librarian Blogs Should We Be Reading?

The Aye's have it. We shall build a new list: The 10 Non-Librarian Blogs Librarians Should Read In 2008.

It's never a bad idea to take a step away from the library world and see what else is out there. No doubt we could learn a thing or two from other professions. That's what this list is all about.

Is there a blog we should be reading that's NOT written by a librarian or FOR librarians? How will that blog help us do our jobs as librarians better? What things do we need to know about? What's the most interesting, useful or entertaining site you follow outside of the LIS World?

You don't need to send me a complete list of 10, just one or two of your favorites will be just fine. Let me know why you think other librarians should be reading your favorites. I'll post the final list in a week or two.

Call for reflections on ALA Mid-Winter

The week is now coming to a close and folks are returning from ALA Mid-Winter. -- Read More

LISTen trial season starts winding down

The last episode of the LISTen trial season is set to air on Martin Luther King Day next week. -- Read More

10 Non-Librarian Blogs To Read?

I'm curious if there's any interest in a list of "other" blogs we should all be reading. Unlike the 10 Librarian Blogs, this new list would be 10 NON librarian blogs that should be read by librarians. I'm thinking of blogs that highlight things that are outside the LIS World, but are applicable to our what we do. Blogs that will help us do our jobs. Places we can go and read things outside our normal circles of knowledge.

This could be things like technology trends, marketing, human resources, intellectual property, publishing and search engines.

If you think such a list is worthy, let me know, or drop your list in the comments below. I'm not sure this will be worth pursuing. If there's enough interest I'll start working up a list.

Have You Been LISTening? How Do We Sound?

Hopefully by now you've at least noticed we've been running an experimental podcast @LISNews. Done each week by LISNewster StephenK, and named by LISNewster Christina Seeger, LISTen, the LISNews podcast covers what you've read @LISNews, and some things you may not have. Stephen summarizes trends on LISNews, stories you may have missed elsewhere, and whatever else has been suggested by LISNews readers. If you haven't had a LISTen yet, check out This Week's Episode or maybe the New Year's Eve Special.

We're trying something different here and because this was only designed to be an experiment we're now looking for reasons to keep it going. We need to hear from you.

If you're not listening, why not?
If you are listening, what do you like? What don't you like?

Drop an email to listen@lisnews.org, hit the Form or leave a comment below.

Don't make me beg!

What Do You Want To Read About On LISNews In 2008?

Happy 2008! The new year is upon us, and it's time to think about what we should do @LISNews... What do you want to read about in 2008 on LISNews?

Do you want more audio/video features? Interviews with authors or librarians? Articles about UFOs? Learn how to repair a book? More top 10 lists?
Would you like to see fewer posts about public libraries? Learn more about cataloging? See more Harry Potter Stories? Maybe more about the web?

Or…something else?

What do you want to see or hear on LISNews this year? Let Me Know or leave a comment below.

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