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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #73

One thing missing in Drupal's audio module is the ability to put a time-delay trigger on putting up audio posts. This may be why the TWiT Network uses Drupal to run their site but does not use the audio module to serve up programs. With it being a holiday weekend in the United States, delay was inevitable.

This week's episode is brief. This is due to the holiday weekend and the marked paucity of stories. Some news briefs are presented, though.

A small item transcribed from the program: "For library science students out there in need of a summer project, I have one for you. Since the Internet Archive is quite inflexible in terms of materials deposited relative to license status, we have a problem. LISNews Netcast Network programs can include different pieces of material with differing degrees of copyright status. Creating a digital library of network programs, which now stretch back to the last month of 2007, is something I would be interested in having a student help build. If you are interested, you can call in the United States 702-425-8547. If you need credit, ask a prof to discuss the logistics with me."

Related links:
Website of Greenstone digital library project
Broadband report to Congress cited
Unique publishing medium story cited

5:23 minutes (8 MB)
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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #72

This week's podcast is going to sound perhaps a little different. We were testing out our field equipment profile in a new location. I was dog-sitting a bull dog and her puppies so the usual recording location was a no go.

The episode starts off with the zeitgeist review. Per usual, we look at the week's top ten stories by hits and by comments and bring you the lower half of each. The LISNews daily e-mails (you are subscribed to them, aren't you?) typically bring you the first half.

After that we relay three stories from Radio New Zealand International. As the crisis in Fiji continues to heat up, press freedoms are being curtailed and journalists are being jailed. The three stories relate to how the knowledge ecology is being fundamentally altered in the island nation by the military regime presently in power so as to stamp out dissent. Fiji was a Westminster-style parliamentary democracy as recently as December 2006.

With the relay out of the way, discussion of the recent Google and Twitter issues is presented from the perspective of libraries operating within the overall reach of their funding agencies. The concept of Service Level Agreements is raised and discussed. That piece has been made available for licensing on Public Radio Exchange.

Related links:
Low-bandwidth version of this episode
Blog of Whitney Hess
Piece on the Google situation last week
Twitter on their recent change
Whitney Hess on Twitter's recent change
LinkedIn Profile of Andrea Mercado

21:48 minutes (8 MB)
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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #71

This week's episode is varied as to topics. First up is an interview with Jono Bacon, community manager for Ubuntu. Bacon talked to us about his upcoming Community Leadership Summit where librarians would be welcome as librarians. Also discussed was the nature of the Ubuntu release parties and how they help hold a community together.

After the chat with Bacon, a reading of the proposed Megan Meier Cyberbullying Prevention Act is presented. A brief round-up of comment out there on the bill currently in the United States House of Representatives is also raised. Following that further coverage of censorship in Fiji is presented through the relay of reports by Radio New Zealand International. Fiji was a Westminster-style parliamentary democracy within the Commonwealth of Nations prior to the military coup in December 2006.

Related links:
Direct link to Profile America source audio for May 11th
Ubuntu
Jono Bacon
Community Leadership Summit in San Jose in July
Direct link to Linux Outlaws promo
Text of H.R. 1966 at THOMAS
Defense on the Huffington Post by Representative Linda Sanchez of H.R. 1966
First look at H.R. 1966 by Wired's Threat Level blog
Second look at H.R. 1966 by Wired's Threat Level blog
Discussion by Colorado Springs Gazette of H.R. 1966
Discussion by The Guardian of H.R. 1966
Discussion by UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh of H.R. 1966 in response to Representative Sanchez
Multiple posts by Volokh on H.R. 1966
Direct link to Peace Corps source audio for the utilized PSA
Page including reference to RNZI's audio use permission grant
Story about two journalists being held in Fiji
Direct link to story audio used in the podcast, entitled: "Fiji school principal sacked after calling for elections"

28:22 minutes (8 MB)
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Submitting pieces for LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast

It has been possible to submit audio pieces for consideration for LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast. That such was possible was not advertised or really disclosed. In the interests of transparency, it is perhaps best to outline submission guidelines. Such guidelines cannot cover all situations and the decisions of the air staff are final.

Main Tech Specs

1. Files may be submitted in MP3 format but must be encoded at a sample rate of 44.1 kHz with a bit rate of 128kbps or higher. Files are preferred in WAV format recorded at a sample rate of 44.1 kHz at the highest quality level.

2. Segments should have a running time between five minutes and ten minutes.

3. Segments must be in English.

4. Content must be licensed under the relevant Attribution-Share Alike Creative Commons license for your jurisdiction without additional restrictions. A signed, dated, written declaration that the submission is irrevocably covered in that way must be on-file before a segment can air. This is a move to ensure that we have certainty that the rules by which we can use your work don't have sudden changes.

Things Not To Do

1. Sound like Billy Mays promoting a product. That is a commercial and has to be paid for.

2. Sound like the Sham-Wow guy, Vince Offer. That's just not our style.

3. Be anonymous or pseudonymous. It helps listeners appreciate you better if they know who you are. We don't need life stories. An NPR-style closing bit like this could work well: “For the LISNews Netcast Network and Public Radio Exchange, this is Stephen Michael Kellat in the Las Vegas Valley.”

4. Use excessive jargon or use jargon needlessly. Patrons are presumably listening so make sure you include them.

5. Submit a segment that requires more than simple edits on the production end. We try to keep editing to the utmost minimum. Downloading editing work to us is a bad thing.

Things To Do

1. Be vibrant and witty.

2. Look at old things from new angles.

3. Entertain, if the piece is for entertainment.

4. Be timely.

5. Reach out across the various specialties. An example of that is making an advance in cataloging interesting for reference librarians and children's librarians.

6. Keep it connected to librarianship. Topical matter like history and so on are appropriate as long as they're geared towards broadening the horizons of generalist reference librarians.

Air staff will evaluate pieces. Rejection does not mean we hate you but rather a submitted piece just might not fit our needs at the time. Submissions are started by hitting the contact form, selecting the podcast, and then proposing a segment for consideration preferably before you get too far along recording on your own.

Creative Commons License
Submitting pieces for LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast by Stephen Michael Kellat is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #70

This week's program is fairly brief. A rough transcript is available after the "read more" jump. E-mail subscribers should follow this link. As an experiment, a low-fidelity version of this episode is available for manual download here for those with lower speed links or severe bandwidth restrictions. -- Read More

4:43 minutes (8 MB)
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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #69

This week's episodes deals with biological science. First up we have about five minutes of audio from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention in Atlanta on Swine Flu. Considering that most libraries are contact environments where such things could spread, this was deemed to be rather important. If circumstances warrant, further coverage may air unscheduled during this week.

Following that we've got an interview with Dr. Kirsten Sanford, also known as "Dr. Kiki". A neurophysiologist by training, Dr. Kiki talked to LISTen about changes with Scientific American and how that modifies the knowledge ecology. After that segment, a network operations report is presented followed by the zeitgeist round-up.

Related links:
CDC Landing Page on Swine Flu
Blog of Kirsten Sanford
This Week in Science
Systm at Revision 3

27:10 minutes (8 MB)
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Stand Down Notice

Transcript of the audio message:

By a unanimous vote, that is to say a four to zero vote, of network producers the LISNews Netcast Network is undertaking a stand down period. The stand down begins at 0430 UTC on April 10th and lasts until 0330 UTC on April 20th. During this ten day stand down, network producers will be hard at work catching up on writing features for release. Network programming will resume with LISTen on April 20th being released on or near 0400 UTC.

For those concerned librarians out there, please do not worry. This wasn't something I dictated. This stand down was initiated on the request of a producer that was put to a vote. Just because the network has an Interim Coordinator does not mean it has a despot ruling it.

I'm Stephen Michael Kellat, Interim Coordinator of the Network. Thank you for listening.

1:15 minutes (2.29 MB)
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LISNews Netcast Network Hiatus

By unanimous vote of network program producers, the LISNews Netcast Network is taking a week off. The release of Tech for Techies will still occur at 0400 UTC on April 10th (what is this in my local time). No new programs will be released until 0400 UTC on April 20th (what is this in my local time). Network producers will be taking time to catch up writing features during the hiatus.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation. In case you missed it, the most recent episode of LISTen had two big tech interviews while the Faceless Historian presented an expanded version of his recent Ignite Phoenix talk. Catching up during the hiatus is encouraged if you are curious.

Countdown to Xubuntu (xubuntu.org) 9.04, by Pasi Lallinaho

LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #67

This week's episode is jam-packed. We have an interview with Zonker Brockmeier, community manager for openSUSE at Novell, about that particular Linux distribution and how libraries can leverage it. We also have an interview with Sascha Segan of the PCMag Digital Network about the shift from print writing to writing online. Discussion of the Public Radio Exchange presence newly initiated by the network is also found in the show as it is explained what that means to listeners. Other news items pop up during the course of the program.

Related links:
One piece about the Binghamton situation
Another piece about the Binghamton situation
Yet another piece about the Binghamton situation
Story by Maggie Reardon about cutting back on broadband
The network's profile on Public Radio Exchange
Some licensing discussion at PRX
NPR affiliate finder
PDF file containing a list of all NPR affiliates
Zonker Brockmeier's Blog
Download page for openSUSE
Zonker Brockmeier on Twitter
Columns by Sascha Segan on PCMag.com
Sascha Segan on Twitter
Center for Democracy and Technology on S. 777
Additional material by the Center for Democracy and Technology on S. 777
eWeek report on S. 777
openSUSE Education announcement
Installation instructions for the Jaunty Jackalope beta

Ubuntu: For Desktops, Servers, Netbooks and in the cloud

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