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LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #188

After a trip to visit Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and pick up computer parts on the way back, LISTen is finally posted. The episode can be directly downloaded here. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/us/ or send a letter to Creative Commons, 444 Castro Street, Suite 900, Mountain View, California, 94041, USA.

LISTen #188 Delayed

Due to intense file manipulation operations after a near-hit systems crash, programming will be released later in the day on or near 2300 UTC on Monday, February 27, 2012. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

Envisioning Dreams

With a Republican debate happening yet again and "Super Tuesday" coming up, there are political things to ponder in Library Land. Ohio is a state that takes part in Super Tuesday voting and a variety of property tax levies can appear on the ballot. At Erie Looking Productions, The Air Staff gets to pass upon a renewal request by the Ashtabula County Children Services Board to preserve funding. The issue runs for five years if approved.

Library funding issues have popped up from time to time. On the last two issues that have come up locally, I have voted against them. As I look ahead to voting on Super Tuesday, I can explain why.

When it comes to backing candidates or issues, I do not look for those engaging in "managed decline". In that instance, you're not winning. You're just stretching a miserable failure out for an unconscionable period. I do try to avoid those who plan to be steady hands on the tiller who do not want to make waves. Life is dynamic and is not something static that merely requires care and attention of the best technocrat available.

As cultural institutions, libraries need visions. Libraries need dreams. Without visions or dreams, especially ones that can be articulated clearly, libraries are not living cultural institutions but instead mausoleums. Mausoleums can easily be forgotten and left to decay. Institutions with life in them do not go down that path.

What frontier do you want to conquer at your library? Where do you want the cultural institution you operate to be in one year? What about in four years?

Grand strategic visions are not what is needed right now. Discrete milestones over a short enough period help stakeholders grasp what your dreams and vision entail. It is far harder to sell a vague intangible like "change" compared to something concrete like "creating a new science fiction collection of five hundred to one thousand items prior to broadening the romance collection to include more durable copies of works by Christine Feehan".

Out of the Republican field of potential nominees, Newt Gingrich perhaps offers one of the broadest visions and comprehensive dreams. He speaks of conquering space and shifting away from the current effective outsourcing to the Russian Federation of getting Americans to space. There's plenty to not like about his policy ideas. Unlike contenders on either side of the political divide, he does express a concrete vision of a dreamed about future. Whether or not you agree with him, dreaming of a Moon Base is more concrete than the vague intangibles offered by the rest of the pack.

I have no clue how I will vote on Super Tuesday. Plenty can change between now and then. A big concern is to find candidates with dreams of tomorrow that they can articulate and that have tangible end points.

Do you have such a dream at your library? Even more importantly, have you told anybody what it is?

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LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #187 (Unplugged)

Due to a hardware-related systems failure, this week's installment of LISTen is unplugged. The last draft of the speaking script is going down the payload pipeline instead. Regular production is hoped to resume next week.

Burning Circle Episode 59

This program is double counted as LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #186 This week's program provides a bit of a news recap. Links to the issues mentioned and more can be found at the Erie Looking Productions blog. Download here (MP3) (Ogg) or subscribe to the podcast MP3 to have episodes delivered to your media player. Although we suggest subscribing by way of a service like my.gpodder.org, you can also subscribe to the Burning Circle via FeedBurner's email tool to receive show posts in your inbox with links to episode audio.

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LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #185

LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #184

This week's somewhat truncated episode brings a spoken message from the siteowner, Blake Carver. A brief news miscellany is also presented. Direct episode download link: MP3 Related links: EFF on major changes at Twitter Evan Prodromou on making one's own microblog platform Dave Winer: Get The Tech Back In Tech WSJ on fears of hacker vigilantism

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LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #183

This week's episode looks at the aftermath of the SOPA battle and the take-down of MegaUpload while looking at some consequences thereupon for the knowledge ecology. A draft resolution for any upcoming ALA meeting is also presented. Direct download link: MP3

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LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #182

This week's episode brings a segment-sized version of the infamous Tech for Techies as well as an essay looking at the legislative steps for the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act and how there may yet be other points at which the bill could be killed. Direct download link: MP3

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LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #181

"And we're back..."

This week's program takes a look at the continuing issue that is the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act.

In light of the discussion in the program, a sampling of programs licensed under Creative Commons licensing to potentially consider adding to a library's collection via copies of episodes on physical media includes:
Search Engine
Linux Outlaws
FLOSS Weekly
Dr. Kiki's Science Hour
Ham Nation
Tech News Today

Listening to any of the enumerated programs above isn't a bad idea, either.

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LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #180 (Part 2)

This is the second part of LISTen's 2011 New Year's Eve Special that originally aired on shortwave powerhouse WBCQ.

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LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #180 (Part 1)

This is the first part of LISTen's 2011 New Year's Eve Special that originally aired on shortwave powerhouse WBCQ.

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Promo for LISTen's Shortwave Debut

"In protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act proposal, LISTen will be making its debut on shortwave radio. On New Year's Eve, we'll be on WBCQ The Planet on 5.110 MHz at 6 PM Eastern/11 PM Coordinated Universal Time.

LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #179

This is the Christmas special and the final regular episode for 2011.

LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #178

This week's episode is brief as it touches upon high points in the news as we enter into the 12th month of 2011.

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Links Found Over The Last Week

Will the Little Printer make it big? | TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics
We’ve taken websites, that we used to print out on full-sized paper, and shrunk them down to fit on handheld devices. So shouldn’t we shrink the print down,
Facebook Buys Gowalla [REPORT]
Facebook has purchased location-based services provider Gowalla for an undisclosed sum, according to a report.
About Those "Record" Black Friday Sales... | ZeroHedge
Chair in Astrobiology Established - The Library Today (Library of Congress)
Librarian of Congress James H. Billington and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced today the establishment of the Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology.
Defending SOPA - Lamar Smith - National Review Online
Library use in Canada up due to e-books and other e-media | TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics
The Canadian Press reports that Montreal’s largest library, the Grande Bibliotheque, is thriving, and Canadian library usage in general is up 45% over the
Netflix rules out Kiwi launch • The Register
Internet-free Facebook comes to Portuguese-speaking Africa
Communication is vitally important for most users, and with Facebook adding more users by the day, ForgetMeNot Africa has come up with a solution to keep the
librarian.net » Blog Archive » Trademark battles – Koha, LibLime, US, New Zealand
librarian.net » Blog Archive » Library as Incubator Project – the best new website you may not know about
Occupy Irrelevance: Is Movement Already Fizzling Out? - Latest Headlines - Investors.com
Despite claims in the media and by supporters, Occupy Wall Street appears to be faltering just two months after the protests started, a big contrast to the Tea Party movement.
Police in LA, Philly raid Occupy camps - Yahoo! News
From Yahoo! News: Police in Los Angeles and Philadelphia stormed Occupy Wall Street encampments under darkness Wednesday to arrest or drive out some of the longest-lasting protesters since crackdowns ended similar occupations across the country.
Web-first workflows let publishers focus on the stuff that really matters - O'Reilly Radar
In a recent keynote, PressBooks founder Hugh McGuire said web-first workflows streamline book production so publishers can focus on more important matters, such as writing, finding, and editing great books.
Complaint: medical "copyright over your comments" contracts are illegal
US judge orders hundreds of sites "de-indexed" from Google, Facebook
SOPA on the ropes? Bipartisan alternative to 'Net censorship emerges
Althouse: Bloggingheads collapses.
Althouse: Whatever happened to Occupy [Your City]?
Little Printer | BERG Cloud

LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #177

This week's episode is light fare considering the events of "Black Friday Weekend" featuring a radio classic from Dimension X. The raw take of the slush pile is available in lieu of a normal miscellany. A shopping list of items we're seeking for operations during this season of giving can be found here.

Demographic Rambling

Four years of podcasting with LISNews.org has been interesting. The statistics make things even more interesting. Sadly, I do not have a complete set of data points. Those that I do have worry me.

Location is key. When it comes to covering the Library & Information Science world, our main focus is not geography but instead topical matters. Based upon what data I can derive from FeedBurner's limited statistics, we may cover the right topical matters but hit all the wrong areas of geographical coverage.

From the limited geographical data I have, the bulk of listeners to LISTen: An LISNews.org Program happen to be located in places like the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Canada. US listenership actually comes in a bit lower than would be expected. This may also reflect regional preferences in how you subscribe to podcast content since the FeedBurner link is but one way to subscribe. We simply lack data for some means of subscribing to the podcast.

What can I do with having primarily a foreign audience while the content is primarily produced with a domestic US focus? Some changes in content focus may be necessary perhaps. The big problem with that is that we have virtually no budget and are tethered to the south shores of Lake Erie in a township called Ashtabula. We really do not have the assets in place to cover stories in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Canada. Expansion of assets would otherwise be necessary and we do not have a way to do so quite just yet.

The fifth year of the program is now underway. I want to make changes this year. A big one would be to secure funding for shortwave distribution. With the lessons of this year in terms of how fragile the Internet is, having a backup is important. Considering how much of the listenership is located outside North America, such would be a viable backup that would also skirt around national blacklists and firewalls.

Getting the resources to cover foreign stories is an even harder thing than simply buying blocks of airtime with money we don't have. Foreign collaborators would be necessary. Without any way to compensate them it is kinda hard to recruit such people. Indigenous correspondents would allow for better coverage anyhow compared to trying to secure a travel budget and visa clearances for international travel. We could previously handle this sort of thing through judicious use of Skype but with as unreliable as Time Warner Cable has been locally we cannot go with that option.

These speed results help illuminate what we are paying USD$39.95 to get:



The easy part is knowing what you want to do. The hard part is finding the resources to bring such to fruition. The search for resources is the big challenge for year five, it seems.

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LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #176

This week's episode is a quick one since we're so close to a holiday.

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LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #175

This week's episode looks at a recent case of an event gone wrong and attempts to draw lessons.

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LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #174

This week's episode is a quick one.

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