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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #103

This week's episode is truncated due to the holiday. A zeitgeist review is presented as well as a news bits miscellany.

LISNews 2009 Web Stats Summary

Almost forgot to post the 2009 stats!

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# Report: www.lisnews.org
# Report Name: Summary
# Date Range: 01/01/2009 - 12/31/2009
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Total Sessions 4,696,412
Total Pageviews 23,322,384
Total Hits 50,895,419
Sessions/day 12,866
Pageviews/day 63,896
Hits/Day 139,439.50
Bytes/Day 2,387,377,055
Pages/Session 4.97
Hits/Session 10.84

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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #102

This week's episode features a chat with Blake Carver about the 2010 Blogs to Read list and the nascent essay contest. An essay as well as a miscellany of news bits are also presented.

10 Librarian Blogs To Read in 2010

10 Librarian Blogs To Read in 2010 I started the "10 Blogs To Read This Year" 4 years ago to help highlight people writing in the many different areas of librarianship. Those people who are doing some of the most interesting and original writing on the web. Each year we've attempted to gather a group of librarians whose writing helps increase our understanding of the profession and it's place in our rapidly changing world. Again this year we tried to choose 10 writers who cover very different aspects of our profession, 10 sites that inform, educate and maybe amuse. By following these blogs I think you'll find something new to read, and a place to gain better understanding of a part of librarianship that's outside of your normal area. We all have much to learn from each other, and these bloggers are working hard to share their knowledge and understanding with you. Read on below to see why each site made the list, and why there's an honorable mention this year. This year I also made an OPML File for your reader. Here's the list in alphabetical order:
  1. Academic Librarian (Feed)
  2. Awful Library Books (Feed)
  3. The Best Of PubLib (Feed)
  4. Disruptive Library Technology Jester (Feed)
  5. Everybody's Libraries (Feed)
  6. The Library History Buff (Feed)
  7. Library Garden (Feed)
  8. The Merry Librarian (Feed)
  9. The 'M' Word - Marketing Libraries (Feed)
  10. Walt at Random (Feed)
Honorable Mention: Agnostic, Maybe (Feed)

Most Popular News @ Your LISNews in 2009

LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #101

No New Year's Eve Special For LISTen

Although it might be sought by some, it must be noted that there is no special episode of LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast to be released for New Year's Eve let alone New Year's Day. With the new year ringing in so late in the week, we do not want to cannibalize available material for the next regular episode. The next episode will be released according to the normal schedule and should be released on or near 0400 UTC on January 4th. In the meantime, you can still listen to the most recent episode.

New Tech Toy To Play With

If you are one of the proud few librarians hanging out on Identica, something new has been created. Beyond the main feed having its story titles posted to a feed there, a group for discussion has been created. Unlike Twitter which has to have this bolted on from third party providers like Twibes, Identica provides group functionality in house.

A group for story discussion and the like was created earlier. You can learn about the nascent group here: http://identi.ca/group/lisnewsterz. To post so that the whole group sees it, you need merely add any of the following to your post: !lisnewsterz, !bibliomicroblog, !lischat. Such means you can see relevant discussion without having to subscribe to three million people of diverging interests simultaneously. To sign up to see posts, go to the group page and hit join.

This is a tech powertoy for folks to play with over vacation time. This Identica functionality does not have a two-way bridge with Twitter at this time. Identica natively accepts posts via e-mail, XMPP, curl, web, and more than a few mainstream desktop clients.

If you are not a user of Identica already, visit their sign-up page.

Not Quite Yet LISTen 100

This week's post is not an episode but rather a service message from the eastern engineer, Gloria Kellat.

LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #99

This week's episode is a bit odd. The eastern engineer has taken to the microphone in place of the head writer to open and close the episode. A year in review chat with the owner of LISNews, Blake Carver, is presented.

How Much Traffic Can A Link From LISNews Bring?

Allow me to brag just a little (again). I asked over the the LSW Friendfeed Group about LISNews and Iris posted a neat graphic and comment:

"Here's what happened to my stats when you linked to one of my posts recently:"

LISNews Brings The Rain

I had previously bragged about our "Blogs To Read In..." list, it's usually one of the most read stories of the year. It produced a similar spike in traffic for a blog, but I'm actually surprised how much of a jump The Pegasus Librarian saw from our link last month.

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Happy 10th Birthday LISNews!

I almost forgot! 10 years ago today I brought LISNews online. If you've been around for awhile you already know the rest of the story, if not, I'll spare you the details.

I can't possibly thank everyone who has helped LISNews over the past 10 years. Steve Glabraith, Steven M Cohen & Nabeal Ahmed, were all instrumental in helping me when I needed it most, during the early years, as was Ieleene, Aaron, Rochelle, and a few other authors who helped out for awhile and moved on. Behind the scenes Joe Frazee helped me get the original LISNews server up and running. Over the years a few dedicated souls have tirelessly submitted stories; Martin, Lee Hadden, Charles Davis, and many others. Stephen for the podcast, Robin, Troy, Andy, Dan and all the LISNews authors deserve a big thank you and a pat on the back for all their hard work. LISNews is a collaboritve site, and we all work together to make it great.

I'd like to thank everyone who has ever chipped in to pay for the server, submitted a story, wrote in their journal, left a comment, or just dropped by for a visit.

Happy Birthday LISNews. Here's hoping we have a few more good years ahead of us!

LISNews Stats For The First 9 Months of 09

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LISNews Summer Series Book

When the LISNews Summer Series started, it was stated that the essays would be collected in book form. After an interesting variety of technical problems, that has now happened. The book is available in print form at cost here. While a downloadable version is also available via Lulu, it is priced with purpose. The digital version via Lulu sends a portion of the price back to Erie Looking Productions to put towards equipment repairs & replacement. The preference is to get out in the world the print version that is available at cost as we prefer print holdings. The text has also been lodged with The Internet Archive and E-LIS.

So LISNews has disabled anonymous commenting???

I just saw that I could only comment if I register or log in?

What are pseudonymous commenters supposed to do when we can no longer comment anonymously? (log in, first? but I'm really really really lazy!)

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Following LISNews

We're getting closer and closer to the start of another academic year and a new intake of LIS students. A question that arises is how to follow LISNews. Recognizing that people have different interests and also different habits in consuming Internet content, it is necessary to perhaps list some of those tools.

You can subscribe to LISNews via e-mail. A page with an example of an e-mail and the sign-up form can be seen at http://lisnews.org/node/28182. E-mails normally come out once per weekday.

LISNews has a multitude of RSS feeds. The main stories RSS feed is http://lisnews.org/rss.xml and you can get wind of new comments by following http://lisnews.org/crss in your RSS reader. RSS feeds off the blogs do not necessarily function at the moment. A partial list of feeds by topic tag is available at http://lisnews.org/syndication.

LISNews posts to Twitter when most new posts are put up. You can find such at http://twitter.com/LISNews.

While there is a tweeter on Twitter for LISNews, there is an automatic posting account on Identica. You can find that at http://identi.ca/lisnews. Identica provides a variety of data export formats so that you can consume posts in your feed reader.

The feed for the LISNews Netcast Network, presently helmed by Interim Coordinator Daniel Messer, is http://feeds.feedburner.com/LISNewsNetcasts. You can also subscribe to LISNews Netcast Network posts via e-mail. You can find the network's early vodcast efforts at http://listen-from-lisnews.blip.tv/ although it should be noted that that effort may be revived, equipment permitting.

As for other specialty content within the LISHost constellation, you can read press releases related to the library realm at LISWire. LISWire can be found at http://www.liswire.com while the feed for your reader is http://www.liswire.com/aggregator/rss/1. If you have a press release to post, it should go to LISWire first before LISNews.

Also as part of the LISHost constellation for those wanting to get their feet wet with podcasts before investing themselves too much is LISFeeds. LISFeeds is a planet aggregator that brings in show posts into one web page. Click on an episode title to reach the program's own site for playback. You can find that online at http://www.lisfeeds.com/. In case you are worried that the planet back-end might be stuck and not have updated, this account on Identica is updated when an update cycle concludes: http://identi.ca/lisfeeds.

Hyperlinked History- The Video

When I first conceived the idea for Hyperlinked History and the whole Faceless Historian thing, I wanted it to be an online television show. At the very least I wanted to make an online documentary series with video, music, and the whole bit. So I shot a couple of test things and edited them together. Then I deleted that crap because it was terrible.

A year later, I have skills and equipment I didn't originally possess. So I'm excited to announce that Hyperlinked History will be moving into the realm of online video!

The opening of the show is available online as a sort of teaser/trailer and you'll be able to keep up with the programme both here on LISNews and on the Hyperlinked History site. Episodes should start going online around the end of August, so stay tuned!

New York City's 311 is Online

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

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.

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