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.

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 ( 9.04, by Pasi Lallinaho

LISTen: An 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 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

Good News

It is my pleasure to announce that the LISNews Netcast Network is finally offering pieces for licensing via Public Radio Exchange. This is a very unique opportunity for the crew. Public Radio Exchange ("PRX") is the main means by which we can offer content to National Public Radio affiliates for licensing. Others, such as a couple Canadian Broadcasting Corporation programs and Audible, are also set up to license through that system. What does this mean to the average LISNews user? Probably not a whole lot. You can go about your merry way and not worry about this, if you so choose. If you want to get LIS-related content out on NPR affiliates and others, this opens up a new avenue for you. If you want early paid access to some of the content we record, this opens up a new avenue for you. If you think that the Great Western Dragon/Faceless Historian should really be on the radio instead of restricted to just podcasts, this opens up a new avenue for you. Most content through the PRX is not available for free. This heavily relates to insuring that rights holders for music are in fact compensated for their toils as there is a deal worked out to bypass much of the bureaucratic nastiness found in music use outside PRX. In part it also ensures that content creators get fair compensation within the confines of the present copyright regime in the United States. This is the sort of deal that helps generate a revenue stream to allow parts of the network to cover equipment and telecommunications costs, for example. What can you do to make this happen? On the network's end, we've been increasing our visibility as of late. While that is a good thing itself, it is not a complete action. If you want us on the radio airwaves, you have to contact your local NPR stations to tell them. The program directors at the stations are the folks you want to talk to. Unless they feel there is any demand for programming in this area, all the efforts at raising visibility frankly are worth nothing. Most stations using PRX are found in the United States. Stations outside the United States can license content but have to set up as an outside licensor. That matter is for PRX to resolve, not us. You can find the LISNews Netcast Network profile online at: Creative Commons License

Good News by Stephen Michael Kellat is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.
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LISTen: An Podcast -- Episode #66

In this week's episode we have a quick practical lesson in the art of the radio public service announcement. Our designated teacher, Mike Kellat, brings you this lesson. Discussion of Linux and more is also included in the podcast.

Going to Computers in Libraries 2009?

If you have a long plane trip for Computers in Libraries 2009, we've got some podcast recommendations to help keep you informed and amused.

You can catch up on programs you might have missed with Tech for Techies, LISTen, and Hyperlinked History. Network producers do crank out a bit of content during the week. Links for network programs to plug into your podcatcher are:

Hyperlinked History:
Tech for Techies:
All Network Programs In One Feed:

Other programs to potentially try include:

Friday Night Comedy from BBC Radio 4:
The Folks on the Hill from Radio Ulster:
Quirks and Quarks, a CBC science program:
tripleJ Unearthed Podcast:
CBC Radio's Comedy Factory:
Community Divas:
GeekSpeak on KUSP:
KCRW's Martini Shot:
Digital Planet on the BBC World Service:

To those traveling, fair winds and calm seas. LISTen will post per its normal schedule at 0400 UTC Monday.

LISTen: An Podcast -- Episode #65

LISTen: An Podcast -- Episode #64

Does your library have valet parking? In this week's edition of LISTen we have a patron perspective from the host of Tech for Techies about a shopping mall based branch of a public library in the Las Vegas Valley. Through being located in the Galleria mall at Sunset, this branch indirectly does. After taking a look at a unique library setting through a patron's eyes, a round-up of coming events is also presented. Links: Henderson District Public Library locations

LISTen: An Podcast -- Episode #63

In this week's episode we hear from Peter Eckersley, a staff technologist with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, about their new Surveillance Self-Defense guide. Tools such as Tor and GnuPG are also presented in addition to a mention of the show's relevant GnuPG public key.

LISTen: An Podcast -- Episode #62

We've got two interviews this week. In the first we talk to Rod Wagner, the director of the Nebraska Library Commission. Following that we talk to Nebraska Auditor of Public Accounts Mike Foley. Both interviews revolve around the same matter, namely the audit triggered when an unsuspecting taxpayer stumbled across a video of Nebraska Library Commission librarians on YouTube that did not look quite right to the taxpayer. There is a commentary following the two interviews discussing lessons that could be learned from the incident.


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