Submitted by StephenK on April 2, 2010 - 10:41am
Posted by request of the Producer at Erie Looking Productions, Gloria Kellat:
As a reminder, the LISNews Bulletin will be released at Computers in Libraries 2010. Blake will be giving out copies at no cost to those receiving them as this is a market test to see whether or not there might be interest in a continuing print serial. Although Blake will be giving copies away, the printing cost remains real. We have a patron page in which for USD$10 you will be listed with your chosen affiliation statement in recognition of your support. We already had one benefactor throw down and show their support. To make this happen we need others who are brave enough to stand up as well. Send USD$10 with your name and affiliation via PayPal to [email protected] by April 5th. I will ensure that thank you notes are sent to benefactors but must stress that while such donations can come from anywhere on the planet they are not tax-deductible.
Submitted by StephenK on March 22, 2010 - 2:50pm
It is probably a good thing I did not ping Blake with yet another note asking if the votes were tallied yet.
Congratulations to Abigail Goben in the US, The Effing Librarian at Effing's volcano lair, and Ned Potter out in the United Kingdom. I also want to thank all the writers for their great works.
Patient LISNews followers might be starting to see a pattern. If you are one of those followers, you're pretty much on the right track. We started out with the summer series in 2009 where essays were invited. The essay contest in February was open to all who came. The forthcoming LISNews Bulletin is going to be a hybrid of the two processes in which all can propose but due to the scarcity of available pages there will be choices made. You need to hear LISTen #111
to hear what the submission process for the Bulletin will be.
The end goal to all this is to encourage expression in today's knowledge economy. The traditional role of librarian as caretaker for end products is starting to go away. Nowadays librarian success is better ensured by knowing about the birth to death life cycle of information expression forms. Database vendors now securing exclusivity agreements with content producers will impact how librarians serve their patrons. Knowing why that happened helps with finding workarounds and other solutions to ensure that patrons are still being served. Practicing participation in the different stages of the life cycle for a piece of information allows for more holistic work within today's knowledge economy.
We keep testing out ways to build community virtually these ways so that librarians can stay on top of the heap in the knowledge economy. While the virtual world cannot contain the whole conversation all the time, it can at least serve as a starting point for it. How can we help patrons if we do not get our own feet wet?
In the end, keep writing.
Submitted by birdie on March 21, 2010 - 7:59am
Something we all care about has become a website, a facebook page and a twitter campaign, Save Libraries, organized by librarian Lori Reed.
LISHost is proud to host the new website; here's the facebook page and the twitter hashtag is #savelibraries. How many hits on twitter??? Check out Topsy.com.
Now get out there and spread the word!! More info to come shortly.
Submitted by birdie on March 15, 2010 - 11:53am
Congratulations Andy!!!! From Library Journal:
Flavor of the Month Move over, Cherry Garcia. If Andy Woodworth has his way, the next hot Ben & Jerry's flavor could be Gooey Decimal System.
The 32-year-old adult services librarian at Bordentown Library, NJ, Woodworth is creator of “People for a Library Themed Ben & Jerry's Flavor” a Facebook group he started in June 2009 that's mushroomed to more than 8000 members and quickly gained international media and blogging attention. (It's been picked up by Andrew Sullivan's Daily Dish, The New Yorker's The Book Bench blog, Britain's The Guardian, and even the United Arab Emirates newspaper, The National.)
But don't be fooled. Woodworth's project has a hidden agenda—it's part of a multipronged advocacy effort to get libraries noticed, appreciated, and funded.
I don't care what the name of the winning flavor is...but it's GOT TO have chocolate.
Submitted by Blake on March 1, 2010 - 8:56am
We received 22 essays last month in our librarian essay contest. I'll call this experiment a complete success. The most read essays show well over 2,000 hits (though we don't really know how many people read each essay). Our panel of expert judges will now begin the difficult task of picking the 3 winners. You can help by registering a vote on each essay you've read. I'll announce the winners within a week or two. Thanks to everyone who submitted their work!
Use the tracker page for a quick overview of all the essays:
Submitted by Pbedorah on February 26, 2010 - 2:54pm
Submitted by Pbedorah on February 26, 2010 - 2:39pm
Unfortuantely, there is more bad news, this story posted on the 24th and speaks again about the drastic cuts that most librarians will see this year and possibly over the next two years.
<a href="http://www.columbiaspectator.com/2010/02/24/recession-forces-new-york-city-libraries-check-out-early">Recession forces New York City libraries to check out early </a>
The New York Public Library announced in early February that it would reduce hours at two-thirds of its 87 locations, the most drastic change made since 2001 in the aftermath of Sept.
Submitted by Blake on February 26, 2010 - 12:12pm
As the LISNews Librarian Essay Contest winds down it seems like a good time to formally announce the LISNews Librian Joke Contest! We won't judge each joke, but anyone who submits a joke will be entered to win some cool prizes.
From www.funkandweber.com and www.StitchingForLiteracy.com ...a set of four Needle and ThREAD: Stitching for Literacy cross stitch bookmark patterns, including two designed from the old chicken-and-frog library joke. You know, a chicken walks into a library and says, "book, Book, BOOK!" (you gotta say it like a chicken), so the librarian gives her a book. The chicken takes the book outside and down to a pond where a frog sits on a lily pad and croaks, "read-it, read-it" (that's right, say it like a frog).
Book Marks from www.InMyBook.com
Web Hosting from www.LISHost.org
You'll want to submit your joke(s) HERE starting on MONDAY.
Follow along on the tracker page (http://lisnews.org/joketracker) or RSS feed (http://lisnews.org/jokes/rss)
Submitted by StephenK on February 22, 2010 - 10:53am
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)
Submitted by StephenK on February 21, 2010 - 11:49pm
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.
Submitted by Blake on February 18, 2010 - 9:27pm
You probably already saw the big announcement for this months essay contest:
The first ever LISNews Librarian Essay Contest invites librarians to write an original essay about issues that impact librarianship. The contest will run for the entire month of February, 2010, with the fabulous prizes awarded sometime in March. Winning essayists will receive one of several prizes including Amazon or Borders gift cards, and a year of hosting from LISHost.org.
You can browse the current essays at http://lisnews.org/essays
What you might not know is you can help pick a winner. Each essay has a set of Stars that allow you to register your vote. The average score for each essay will help pick our winners.
Submitted by StephenK on February 17, 2010 - 11:42am
Click on "Read More" to see the column as well as to get to the download link for the PDF version.
Submitted by StephenK on February 9, 2010 - 2:27pm
As it was suggested might happen, this is another one of the columns being posted.
Submitted by StephenK on February 3, 2010 - 11:03pm
Due to the impending Super Bowl match-up on February 7th, it is anticipated that connectivity will be quite impaired for Erie Looking Productions at its rural operations site in extreme northeastern Ohio. Under optimal conditions not tied to major events like the Super Bowl, our cable broadband access has roughly one-third the throughput a conventional cable broadband connection in the United States would possess. We expect that access will be impaired during and immediately after the game. Recognizing such, LISTen #106 will not be released on February 8th as we will most likely repeatedly time-out during upload attempts.
Columns will still be released as deemed appropriate in the intervening time. These will be posted as text posts with Adobe Acrobat files injected into the podcast stream as enclosures so as to not leave podcast listeners without something.
Barring any further disruptions, LISTen #106 is anticipated to be released on or near 0500 UTC on February 15th. For those wanting to catch up on listening after ALA Mid-Winter might have put you behind, LISTen 105 remains available as does the column Defining Value.
Submitted by StephenK on February 2, 2010 - 4:18pm
As promised in LISTen 105
, this is one of the columns being released this week. Click on the "Read More" link to see the web-based view of the column or check your podcatcher for the PDF version.