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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #117

Last things first, here is the view off the Smolen-Gulf Covered Bridge referenced at the end of the episode: The Ashtabula River Click the picture for a larger view on Flickr. This week's episode includes an interview with Will Manley discussing his recent forays into looking at politics and the profession. A miscellany of items is presented of items that caught our attention but were not expanded upon into larger items. OhioLinuxFest 2010 is mentioned as there is going to be a main track presentation about libraries & librarians at an event that really isn't librarian-focused. Related links: Diligent Room on making textbooks with pediapress Ray Bradbury talking revolution Terry Reese on paywalls Byron York at the Washington Examiner talking Kindles and Civil Rights In Education Slate on the communications strategy of the Russian spy ring that was recently sent home Barry Kauler on Puppy Linux 5.1 Reuters on how Americans don't want government to build out broadband CNN talking about the rise of electrical black-outs in America BBC News on the rise in enrollment at Open University BBC News discussing the Google-Verizon open Internet proposal CNET's Molly Wood talking about the Google-Verizon proposal lacking any provisions relative to mobile broadband Andrew Orlowski on Google's seeming self-interest in the Google-Verizon proposal Andrew Orlowski on the web's hyper-powers and how the Google-Verizon proposal might lead to their being locked in as hyper-powers The Economist on changes in global communications
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LISFeeds Reoriented

Throughout the LISHost media galaxy shared with Erie Looking Productions, there are quite a number of fountains spewing out content. LISNews is where you are reading this. LISWire is the site where folks in the library realm can post their press releases. LISTen is the podcast hosted on the LISNews server that has a feed from Delicious showing stories crossing the threshold for being looked at (also known as the slush-pile). LISTen also occasionally takes the form of a video podcast as circumstances arise.

That's a lot to track. While RSS does wonders, what if you aren't in front of your favorite RSS reader? LISFeeds.com has been reoriented to serve as an aggregator for all of those content manifestations. Posts are interleaved from the various sources into a river of posts. An automatic job on the server polls each source every three hours or so to check for updates. A pinger showing that updates have happened has been rigged up on Identica.

As always, this is a work in progress. Check it out and perhaps enjoy it. Using the planet aggregation software easily allows you to get your metaphorical feet wet with some pre-selected feeds.

Special Edition for 2 August 2010

We're back! Well, we're almost back. This is a special edition of LISTen in which we talk about the digital divide and bring you a miscellany of stories we've come across this summer. Our studio arrangements are not quite in place yet. This is the best we can come up with at the moment: Ad-hoc Studio Rigging We'll be back on a normal episode production cycle starting August 23rd: Related links: Mobile phones not key to bridging the digital divide Sixth report by the Federal Communications Commission on broadband deployment Broadband access plans with HughesNet The Vatican was "Google-Bombed" Digital Divide worsened by tech Vice-Chancellor of Open University on the Digital Divide Information wants to be paid for Reuters on Internet access in Cuba New web broadcasts for North Korean defectors

MOBILE VERSION: Special Edition for 2 August 2010

(This is our best rendering of the current special into the quality of content found on the mobile web) We're back! Well, we're almost back. This is a special edition of LISTen in which we talk about the digital divide and bring you a miscellany of stories we've come across this summer. Our studio arrangements are not quite in place yet. This is the best we can come up with at the moment: Ad-hoc Studio Rigging We'll be back on a normal episode production cycle starting August 23rd: Related links: Mobile phones not key to bridging the digital divide Sixth report by the Federal Communications Commission on broadband deployment Broadband access plans with HughesNet The Vatican was "Google-Bombed" Digital Divide worsened by tech Vice-Chancellor of Open University on the Digital Divide Information wants to be paid for Reuters on Internet access in Cuba New web broadcasts for North Korean defectors

Photo Montage: Digital Bookmobile

Cleveland-based digital media vendor Overdrive is taking a "digital bookmobile" on a tour to show off the services Overdrive provides patrons via libraries. The LISTen production team visited the tractor-trailer rig to get some pictures of the traveling show.

Podcasts Without A Fruit-Based Player

Sometimes posts are not easily made to Drupal. Drupal likes text and can be tricky to use if you want to incorporate images into posts. When you have a situation of multiple screenshots to display with text, Adobe Acrobat format can be a better container for such information.

In recognition of that the software & service review article attached to this post is available in Adobe Acrobat format only. Click the download link to access the piece. Podcast subscribers will automatically receive the PDF in their playlist as if it were yet more liner notes.

Textual Miscellany

A June Miscellany
By Stephen Michael Kellat, MSLS
Head Writer, Erie Looking Productions

The Search For Studio Space

With the main move out of the way, we are kinda lacking in studio space. This is why the hiatus is running as long as it is. We are attempting to raise money and are looking at real estate. Three possible partners have been contacted but it is too soon to have heard back from them. There is a building previously used by a Charismatic Episcopal Church for sale that costs roughly ten thousand dollars in the Ashtabula Harbor Historical District. While the building is quite tempting and would make for a lovely base of operations, it is not yet economically feasible to purchase. The local real estate market is in fairly bad shape where there are an infinitesimal amount of properties for rent/lease compared to properties up for sale.

The World Radio Network

A private company based in England, World Radio Network provides transmission services for quite a number of content providers. Considering that some of the content they air is geekier and appeals to a narrower niche compared to LISNews Netcast Network programming, they've been contacted to see what cooperation is possible. We have not heard back yet if there are any opinions positive or negative about the programming we produce.

Voting & Intentional Self-Destruction

Over a year into the presidency of Barack Obama, the economy of the United States is hardly recovered. A meme on conservative websites for a while was to plot against the unemployment change projections of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act what the actual unemployment rate happened to be. That such diverged was mocked. When the divergence was significantly out of line from the projections used to sell what was popularly known as “stimulus”, the laughter turned to grimacing.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was sold as a panacea. There were some fundamental kernels of nastiness deep within the bill that continue to produce unintended consequences. This has been clearly seen in New Jersey where Andy Woodworth has assumed a role akin to a minor prophet of the Old Testament documenting not the decline of ancient Israel but rather the decline of libraries.

It is without doubt that the Recovery Act disbursed money to put people back to work. A trip west from Conneaut to Ashtabula on Interstate Route 90 here shows in fairly graphic detail the impact of money as new lanes are added to the highway. The disbursement of money from the United States Treasury came with strings attached. As there are no free gifts from the federal government to grant recipients, it bears consideration as to the consequences of those strings.

The term “maintenance of effort” sounds more like a euphemism for benign accounting issues. That term is hardly benign. A key condition for quite a bit of education funding and funding for road works was that the states had to agree to sustain funding for those areas at or above a minimum benchmark. Failure to comply with funding above that benchmark would disqualify the state from receiving federal funding in that area for a set number of years. Maintenance of Effort, which a term of bureaucracy, would perhaps more appropriately be termed “Advance Commitment To Spend Certain Funds Without Regard To Changing Circumstances For A Fixed Period Of Years”.

Considering the proportions of state budgets spent on education, road works, and the like it is hardly surprising that governors like New Jersey's Chris Christie have done what they have after their predecessors signed up for stimulus dollars that had strings attached. No powerful lobby acted to get provisions included in the Recovery Act to exempt entities like public libraries, parks, mental health care services, and the like from possibly being cut. With the top-down imposition of spending priorities with draconian penalties attached if a state made cuts, public libraries were among the targets set up with very attractive targets painted on them.

Until the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act expires, libraries are in a bind. Libraries are deemed from the top down to not necessarily be a funding priority. As education matters and road works gobble up quite a bit of state budgets, any growth in their funding consumption will threaten libraries. The Recovery Act insures education and road works will never be cut unless a state had almost a death wish to lose access to federal funding. There are no financial consequences if libraries are dealt budget cuts, though.

In the end, elections have consequences.

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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #116

Strangely enough, this week's episode features appearances from all the air staff. We have an essay about practical electioneering with the New Jersey situation in mind that Andy Woodworth has written about. We also feature readings of a "DJ Read Script" that libraries can give to local radio stations to help keep the fire alive from National Library Week. An interview with the leader of Ubuntu Ohio is also presented as the Lucid Lynx release is discussed.

LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #115

Stephen is on sick leave from the podcast so I pinch-hit. The zeitgeist is reviewed and I ask a stumper that I seek answers to. Answers to the stumper question should be sent via e-mail to [email protected].

The Race Against Lord Mandelson

While you might not think so, the starter's pistol has metaphorically gone off.

LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #113

A short episode is presented this week with a zeitgeist recap. The team is hunkering down to prepare the LISNews Bulletin for release at Computers in Libraries 2010. As such there will be no episodes on April 12th and April 19th. LISTen #114 is provisionally scheduled for April 26th. Links: E-mail the producer with questions about the LISNews Bulletin

LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #112

This week's episode brings a zeitgeist check for stories and blog posts, an essay on price versus value, and a miscellany review.

LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #111

First we have a word from producer Gloria Kellat:
Folks! The team behind LISTen is getting set to bring you a print supplement to LISNews. Would you like to immortalize yourself in the very first LISNews Bulletin? Since we are trying to raise capital to cover printing costs so that we can give out the Bulletin as a free market test at Computers in Libraries 2010, we are putting together a patrons page. For USD$10 you can be listed as a supporter of an offline counterpart to LISNews. With just 10 patrons we can have 70-100 copies of the Bulletin to give out at Computers in Libraries 2010. For more details please contact me at [email protected] before April 1st and make sure you put "Patron Page" on the subject line.
And now back to the regularly scheduled show post... Recognizing that Health Care Reform is dominating the news in North America and squeezing out other news channels, we have a miscellany this week in addition to leaking more details about what this LISNews Bulletin is envisioned to be. Related links: What on earth we were referring to as to the posting time The Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 3.0 Unported License Jessamyn West on her bridging the Digital Divide presentation Access to the slides from Jessamyn's presentation PDF of the essay on online censorship Dan Lynch on the Digital Economy Bill BBC News on Chinese fears of intimacy between Google and the US Government Declan McCullagh on the toning down of the cyber-security bill before the US Congress Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on Pennsylvania municipalities going bankrupt Room of Infinite Diligence relative to New Zealand filtering

Piercing Curtains

LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #110

This week's podcast took a different operational stance in recording. Instead of the usual cassette deck, we shifted instead to a reel-to-reel system: Special Rigging for LISTen 110 If you click the picture above you can see a larger version of that snapshot. The computer pictured functioned essentially as an overgrown cart machine. This week's episode was recorded on a 1978 TEAC 3340S deck at 7.5 ips on normal bias. The other deck we were working with was intended to give more of a 1970's audio vibe but the recorded results sounded like chipmunks on a methamphetamine binge. News was slow this week and budget constraints dictated that South by Southwest Interactive was not happening for the air staff. A miscellany is presented as well as a zeitgeist review. Related Links: National Bookmobile Day Omeka in the Cloud StatusNet Cloud Service Enters Public Beta LISNews Pinger On Identica LISFeeds Pinger on Identica LISFeeds John C. Dvorak on the media dead pool Whitney Georgina Hess on learning leadership The Register on the Ubuntu theme makeover The Register on BBC cuts

LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #109

This week's episode brings word of a developing story relative to the logistics back-end to interlibrary loans in the United States as well as discussion of the digital divide from a practical perspective. The BBC World Service is used as the example in the essay.

LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #108

This week Stephen moved away from the microphone as long-time engineer Mike Kellat took charge instead. This episode has a zeitgeist recap and talks briefly about the situation post-earthquake in Chile. Practical suggestions are offered as to worthwhile avenues of action by concerned library personnel.

In addition to the audio program an attempt was made to reformat one of the segments of LISTen 107 as an animation bit.

Blogging By Hand

Power outages during snow storms are not fun. While power has been restored (for now?), the following handwritten bit of blogging is posted as an attached PDF talking about format diversification.

LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #107

Technical issues continue to plague us at Erie Looking Productions. LISTen #107 is a lost episode as there will be no recorded audio for this one. The unedited script that has none of the usual handwritten corrections or any ad-libs by the presenter is instead released for consideration. Links to matters referenced are shown as footnotes in the attached PDF file. This peculiar release is made under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

While we plan to release LISTen #108 on March 1st, this is dependent upon us chasing down electrical shorts and other complications. Thank you for your patience and cooperation in this difficult time.

(Mirrored at Internet Archive)

Programming Advisory For LISTen 107

Notice

Due to circumstances beyond our control it appears that LISTen #107 is delayed until further notice. We are trying to excise gremlins from the system but having a tired crew decreases the value of any attempted efforts. Our target is to get the episode out later Monday after some sleeping hours can be had.

Thank you for your patience in this difficult hour.

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