Hyperlinked History To Change Days

Submitted by Great Western Dragon on Tue, 05/05/2009 - 17:37

I wanted to send out a heads up to the listeners of the LISNews Netcast Network and fans of Hyperlinked History that I will be changing the day I publish the show online. Due to some schedule changes and the madness that is a summer reading programme, this will be a lot easier for me to get a show up regularly.

Starting this week the show will go online every other Thursday around midnight, Eastern Time. For international folks that's Friday 04:00 UTC.

So when you don't see a show online tomorrow morning, you'll know why. Just wait another 24 hours, that's all!

LISNews Stats For Q1 2009

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 04/02/2009 - 07:28

For those of you keeping score at home, the summary stats out of Urchin for this year:

Total Sessions 338611
Total Pageviews 1832058
Total Hits 4313227
Total Bytes Transferred 70414920980
Average Sessions Per Day 10922.94
Average Pageviews Per Day 59098.65
Average Hits Per Day 139136.35
Average Bytes Transferred Per Day 2271449063
Average Pageviews Per Session 5.41
Average Hits Per Session 12.74
Average Bytes Per Session 207952
Average Length of Session 504

Help Wanted: Bloggers @ LISNews

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 03/18/2009 - 14:33

It's been well over a year since I last sent out a call for help here @ LISNews. Authors come and authors go, but for almost 10 years LISNews has been a place to keep up on the latest happenings in the library world.

If you've ever thought about writing for a collaborative librarian blog, now's your big chance. There's no pay, but it's a good way to get your name out there, and gain the respect and admiration of librarians from across the globe. If that's not enough, you'll also gain the enormous sense of well being that comes with helping your fellow librarians stay informed.

Explaining Subscription Options

Submitted by StephenK on Sun, 03/08/2009 - 01:29
Update: It should be noted that due to Daylight Savings Times changes on March 8th, episodes will be posted at 0400 UTC rather than 0500 UTC as they have been.

Sometimes it seems that explaining choices can be difficult. With the expansion of audio programming into being the LISNews Netcast Network, there came some changes. New material is usually released on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. That can be more than what some people can normally digest. When the switch was made, a deliberate decision was taken to increase available subscription options. Those who were subscribed to what was the LISTen were grandfathered into an "all podcasts" feed. For some that may work well while it may be overwhelming to others. Individual feeds for each regular show have been created in addition to the main "all podcasts" feed. According to the stats from FeedBurner, few have made use of these individual show feeds. They are indeed there and, if you are overwhelmed by so many programs during the week, their use is encouraged. This table breaks out all the subscription options in the most compact form possible:


Feed Reader/Podcatcher Target

E-mail Subscription Option

One-Click iTunes Target

Hyperlinked History
Presented by Great Western Dragon/The Faceless Historian

Link on Feedburner

E-mail service provided by Feedburner

iTunes Music Store

LISTen: An Podcast
Presented by Stephen Michael Kellat

Link on Feedburner

E-mail service provided by Feedburner

iTunes Music Store

Tech for Techies
Presented by Michael J. Kellat

Link on Feedburner

E-mail service provided by Feedburner

iTunes Music Store

All Network Programs

Link on Feedburner

E-mail service provided by Feedburner

iTunes Music Store

Some folks may prefer show by show control in their podcatcher rather than a single firehose feed. With a few taxonomy tweaks, accommodating both preferences was possible. Provided you have iTunes installed, clicking any of the links in the far-right column of the table above will take you to the appropriate page in the iTunes Music Store. Right clicking the podcatcher target column's links and selecting "copy link location" will let you subscribe in our programs like Juice or gpodder. Such also allows subscription via Bloglines which appears to be a choice some have made according to the stats by Bloglines itself. The e-mail column's links take you to the process for signing up via FeedBurner to get new posts delivered to you in your e-mail without any rich media attachments but instead links to download rich media as desired.

A New Type Of Identity Theft in 2009

Submitted by barland1 on Wed, 02/11/2009 - 08:20

Today in 2009 a new bunch of identity thieves will soon come after your web profiles. Aladdin a security firm has produced their security report.. According to their report, if you don't own and control your online persona, it's relatively easy for a anyone to aggregate the known public information about you in order to create a fake one.
Those Without Social Network Profiles Could Have Online Identities Stolen
This new type of identity theft was listed among other predictions for 2009 in the firm's annual report and was based on previous trends which included a rise in attacks distributed through social networking channels.
According to the report this new type of identity theft will be "devastating, both on the personal level by creating difficulties in employment, damaging social and professional connections, ruining reputations; as well as on a financial level, such as stealing customers, corporate data,"
The team at Aladdin was able to set up fake online identities which ended up connecting to the real network of friends and acquaintances easily.
What began as a harmless "fun" way to socialize, grew into a professional way to maintain someone's network and make new connections, the report notes. Unfortunately, this new type of identity theft, aka "identity hijacking," will become more of an issue in 2009 unless social networking sites create ideas that will incorporate better, more trustworthy ways of connecting an online persona to a real person.

What Is A Link From LISNews Worth? Hint: A Lot

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 02/03/2009 - 09:49

Allow me to brag for a moment. I was doing some work on the LISHost stats last night and noticed I could see if LISNews has any impact on the biblioblogosphere. You're probably familiar with our "Blogs To Read In..." list we've done for the past few years, it's usually one of the most read stories of the year. I've always been really curious if being on this list in particular makes any difference to a site, mostly because the list takes so long to put together.

Women Outpace Men as Media Multi-taskers

Submitted by barland1 on Tue, 01/27/2009 - 20:15

New data released by Integrated Media Measurement Inc. (IMMI) gives us insight into how men and women engage in "simultaneous media use" - that is, surfing the net while also doing some other activity like watching TV. According to the study, it's more common for women to watch TV and use the computer than it is for men. What's more, women supposedly get better at this multi-tasking as they age.

Read Data Report

Upcoming Events

Submitted by StephenK on Mon, 01/19/2009 - 19:52

The calendar is available after the "Read More" jump.

January 20th: Barack Obama begins term as President at Noon Eastern Standard Time.

January 23rd: ALA Mid-Winter Meeting 2009 begins in Denver

January 26th: Second session of the 40th Parliament of Canada with the Speech From The Throne

January 28th: ALA Mid-Winter Meeting 2009 concludes in Denver