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New York City's 311 is Online

Submitted by barland1 on Wed, 07/15/2009 - 00:07

New York City's 311 has been deployed online. Rather than using the phone, New Yorkers can now jump online to report problems, submit complaints, check the status of previously-filed complaints and request city services. The initiative promises that users can get exactly where they need to go on the Web site using a keyword search.
The city also announced it's operating Skype and Twitter accounts exclusively for accessing 311 service. Tweets will report information like street parking status, school closures and information about citywide events.

New York City's 311 Online

Submitted by barland1 on Tue, 07/14/2009 - 15:59

New York City's 311 has been deployed online. Rather than using the phone, New Yorkers can now jump online to report problems, submit complaints, check the status of previously-filed complaints and request city services. The initiative promises that users can get exactly where they need to go on the Web site using a keyword search.
The city also announced it's operating Skype and Twitter accounts exclusively for accessing 311 service. Tweets will report information like street parking status, school closures and information about citywide events.

A Solar Powered Library

Submitted by barland1 on Tue, 07/14/2009 - 13:43

Taiwan has begun construction on a solar-powered library in the
Taiwanese capital of Taipei and could benefit from new incentives designed to offer solar energy providers above-market prices for the energy they generate. Rooftop solar panels will provide electricity to the two-story building. Construction started last week and is expected to be finished by June 2010. The library is a donation by Cheng Fu-tien, the late chairman of Taiwanese solar cell maker Motech Industries." - BusinessGreen

Announcing The LISNews Summer Series

Submitted by StephenK on Mon, 07/13/2009 - 12:37
A few weeks ago Blake Carver commissioned me to come up with a summer guest author series. Unexpected twists and turns helped delay the launch of the series until now. With this post I can now kick off the series. Guests will be joining us for the next couple of weeks to contribute essays. A particular author has been set for each week and that author will be posting two or more essays. These are intended to spark new lines of thought as well as to perhaps amuse you. I will be kicking off the series with essays this week. The guests to come will be surprises. Our very own Blake Carver will wrap up the series in its last week. There are a variety of ways to follow the series. The first option would be to come to the site. The branch of the taxonomy tree to watch is "Summer Series". Another option would be to utilize RSS. The feed to plug into your feed reader is: http://feeds.feedburner.com/SummerSeries. If you wish to receive an e-mail containing whole essays when they are posted, you can sign up using the form below. E-mails post between 1100 GMT and 1500 GMT. This is a two step process. After going through the first step below as well as the consequential pop-up, you will need to look for an e-mail in your inbox bearing the subject line Activate your Email Subscription to: LISNews Summer Series and click on the verification link. If you forget to do that, you will not receive anything in your inbox.

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Announcing The LISNews Summer Series by Stephen Michael Kellat is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.

An Interview With The Faceless Historian

Submitted by Great Western Dragon on Mon, 06/08/2009 - 11:46

On one of my previous shows, I talked about Ignite Phoenix and the whole Ignite thing. Among other things, I said it'd be good for librarians to get into something like this because, in five minutes, you can tell a huge group of people all about your library and/or whatever else you're passionate about.

Hyperlinked History Delayed Until Next Week

Submitted by Great Western Dragon on Thu, 05/21/2009 - 12:00

As they've said in broadcasting for years, "Due to circumstances beyond our control," Hyperlinked History will be delayed until next Thursday. Nothing bad, but among those "circumstances" is the fact that my ISP is having issues and I've not had Internet connectivity at my house for just under 14 hours now.

So I leave you with another timeless (aka ancient) broadcasting phrase: "Tune in next week" to find out how ancient tombs for divine kings links through time and history to another cultish fascination... with a soft drink.

Hard Figures Finally

Submitted by StephenK on Tue, 05/19/2009 - 01:01
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I was happy to get some hard data in my inbox today. It is one thing to say you want to do a relay of LNN programming on shortwave. Having figures from a big broadcaster helps make it more real. The station concerned contracts month to month and requires 30 days notice of termination. To have a single 15 minute program aired weekly would cost USD$65.00 per week. That would be a cost of USD$260.00 per month presuming a four week month. A single segment highlight could be aired this way. To have a single 30 minute program aired weekly would cost USD$110.00 per week. That would be a cost of USD$440.00 per month presuming a four week month. Highlights from across the network could be aired this way. There is an example of how such could be structured. To have a single 60 minute program aired weekly would cost USD$150.00 per week. That would be a cost of USD$600.00 per month presuming a four week month. Most network programming could be aired as a block although we might have problems filling all the time allotted occasionally. The station we got the quote from has fairly reliable coverage of Europe, Canada, and elsewhere. The other programs already on the station can equally offend both sides of the aisle, alas. If you don't like far-right or far-left programming, we could be an interesting alternative. Do we have funds to do this on-hand? Heck no! What little that has come in has gone to equipment replacement. Equipment failures over the past two weeks have been dismaying as it is. I spent a significant chunk of today sourcing replacement hardware that could be purchased out of the tiny pool of funds available. The network cannot, for now, act upon this. Putting this out in the open at least lets others think about it. People interested in putting up money, for whatever reason, should not contact me but instead should contact Blake.

Netcast Network Experimental Feed

Submitted by StephenK on Mon, 05/11/2009 - 01:46
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In addition to the many ways you can subscribe to LISNews Netcast Network programming, an experimental option is being launched. For those with iPhones wishing to download programs over the air, our file sizes are normally over the ten megabyte cap. Other smart phones may be able to handle such file sizes too. As such, low-fidelity mono recordings are being offered alongside their less compressed brethren.