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A Solar Powered Library

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

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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Essays will be posted under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. In the end, the collected essays will be posted to Internet Archive. For those not favorably disposed to online archives, the collection will also be made available at cost in print form through Lulu. Creative Commons License
Announcing The LISNews Summer Series by Stephen Michael Kellat is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.

Facebook is Getting an Update

Facebook announced up coming changes. Soon, as with Twitter, you’ll have the option to make them public—but not just to everyone on the world’s most popular social network, but everyone around the world. Facebook also gave an in-depth explanation of each level of access:

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Hyperlinked History - Here, There, and Everywhere by The Faceless Historian

Time for another wild ride through history! This time we begin in Ancient China with a repeating crossbow, explore more northerly kingdoms, invent modern writing, deal with pirates, have a couple of wars, deal with a monarch, meet a legend, and then just maybe we'll give peace a chance.

See, I told you it'd be a heck of a ride. After all we've got to go Here, There, And Everywhere.

An Interview With The Faceless Historian

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.

Dani Cutler, a local Phoenix area podcaster, is working on a series of interviews with people who've presented at Ignite Phoenix. She and I sat down at one of the greatest coffee shops in the Valley of the Sun and talked about libraries and the funny things that happen in them, history, Hyperlinked History, and presenting at Ignite.

So if you have the interest, you can hear my alter ego speak with the lovely and intelligent Dani Cutler over on the Ignite Phoenix Podcast site.

Hyperlinked History Delayed Until Next Week

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

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.
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Netcast Network Experimental Feed

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.

To subscribe to this experimental feed that may disappear without prior notice, plug this URL into your podcatcher: http://feeds2.feedburner.com/LnnExperimental

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Web 3.0

As web 2.0 begins to fade there is much anticipation about web 3.0
What will it be like?

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Hyperlinked History To Change Days

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!

Easy way to delete blog?

Is there an easier way to delete a blog other than post by post?

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LISNews Stats For Q1 2009

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

January:
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

February:
Total Sessions 346121
Total Pageviews 1912144
Total Hits 4370870
Total Bytes Transferred 72124184075
Average Sessions Per Day 11290.04
Average Pageviews Per Day 68290.86
Average Hits Per Day 156102.50
Average Bytes Transferred Per Day 2575863716
Average Pageviews Per Session 6.05
Average Hits Per Session 13.83
Average Bytes Per Session 228153
Average Length of Session 562

March:
Total Sessions 353,154.00
Total Pageviews 2,152,255.00
Total Hits 4,671,204.00
Total Bytes Transferred 77.11 GB
Average Sessions Per Day 11,392.06
Average Pageviews Per Day 69,427.58
Average Hits Per Day 150,684.00
Average Bytes Transferred Per Day 2.49 GB
Average Pageviews Per Session 6.09
Average Hits Per Session 13.23
Average Bytes Per Session 228.95 KB
Average Length of Session 00:08:28

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The LISNews Forums Are Now Open [Again]

I set up a few forums where you can discuss things that may or may not be related to libraries. There's a Forum To Discuss LISNews and one to Discuss The Podcast.

I also set up an area For Politics and a couple for technology, One On Drupal and another On The Internet.

Let me know if there's something else you'd like to see.

Long time readers of LISNews may recall a botched attempt a few years ago, I think I got it right this time!

Help Wanted: Bloggers @ LISNews

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.

The "job" requires only a minimal time commitment, and just some basic knowledge of HTML & Blogging. You can write whenever you have time, and with some restrictions, you can post and write about whatever you want. Some current authors only write a couple times a month, others find the time every day, and most of the rest of our crew fall somewhere in between.

If you're interested, read below for all the details. Feel free to pass this one along to others who might be interested.

At LISNews you'll have the ability to talk with literally thousands of people every day. I ask that you don't abuse this privilege. You can become well known and respected in our field by writing intelligent and thoughtful commentary.

It's also very important to understand if you post anything even remotely controversial you will also be picked on, abused, and yelled at. This shouldn't bother you, it happens to all of us, sometimes on a daily basis. You must have thick skin in this game, it comes with the territory. The internet is full of mean and nasty people.

I also expect you to be generally fair with what you post. This is not a place to further your angry agendas, or seek revenge on those who bother you. This doesn't mean you can't make your opinions known, but you should do your best to be nice, and back up your opinions with facts. I'm not saying you should avoid controversial topics, nor should you avoid having a point of view, but I do ask that you generally try be fair and friendly. Your posts should bring more insight and information than anger and agenda. What you post should be teachable rather than abusive.

These are obviously subjective ideas, and can be very difficult to get right with controversial topics. You may think what you posted is absolutely true and right, but those who disagree with that point of view will call you unfair, biased, ignorant, or worse.

In short, you need to have the ability to write posts that are well written, informative, interesting, friendly or funny. Everything you write can't be an angry attack on those who disagree with you. The old cliché is "more light than heat."

Most of the rules involve keeping my life simple, since I run this site in my spare time, the goal here is to avoid creating extra work and headaches for me, and keep it fun for all of us. Just don't get me (or you) in any trouble and we'll all get along just fine. There are just a few simple rules.

Explaining Subscription Options

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:

Program

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 LISNews.org 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.
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A New Type Of Identity Theft in 2009

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

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. I'm generally curious if on any given day a link from LISNews brings in any significant number of readers in general, but this post in particular seems like it should mean something.

So I won't name the site, but I was pleasantly surprised at what I saw when I took a look at the stats, a big jump in readership. Here's what I saw on one of the charts:

A Link From LISNews

As you can see there was about a 40%-50% jump in sessions after the list was posted to LISNews. The numbers show an increase of about 300-400 sessions a day, and that has been sustained for several weeks now.

I have no reason to believe this site is representative of all the other sites, but at least I can see someone agreed with at least one of our picks. All the other numbers (hits, pageviews, bandwidth) showed similar jumps, so the site has gained significant readership from being on LISNews.

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Women Outpace Men as Media Multi-taskers

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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 http://www.immi.com/pdfs/IMMI-TVW2.pdf

Upcoming Events

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

January 31st: Deadline for employers to provide tax documentation to employees in the United States. Service is complete upon mailing which means that it may take a little while for paperwork to arrive.

February 3rd: Fedora 11 Alpha is released. Both the Australian House of Representatives and Australian Senate resume sitting

February 5th: The fourth alpha release of Ubuntu's Jaunty Jackalope is released

February 9th: The second beta of Mandriva 2009.1 is released

February 10th: First sitting day in 2009 of the New Zealand Parliament. Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act enters into force in the United States.

February 14th: Valentine's Day. This will be a Saturday.

February 17th: Analog television broadcasting ceases in the United States for full-power television stations. Certain low-power facilities will retain the ability to operate in analog transmission.

February 21st: Erie Looking Productions hosting in Las Vegas a one-day boot camp on production.

February 25th: The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals will be presenting in London an executive briefing entitled: “Is Copyright fit for purpose in the Information Age?”

March 3rd: Technology show CeBIT opens in Germany

March 8th: CeBIT concludes

March 30th: Computers in Libraries 2009 kicks off

April 1st: Computers in Libraries 2009 concludes

April 28th: The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals will be presenting in Manchester an executive briefing entitled: “Is Copyright fit for purpose in the Information Age?”

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Recent LISNews Stats

A few numbers for your enjoyment. Here's the stats from the last quarter of 2008:

Total Sessions 1,023,253
Total Pageviews 5,758,171
Total Hits 11,636,252
Total Bytes Transferred 172,674,015,089
Average Sessions Per Day 11,122.32
Average Pageviews Per Day 62,588.82
Average Hits Per Day 126,481.00
Average Bytes Transferred Per Day 1,876,891,468
Average Pageviews Per Session 5.63
Average Hits Per Session 11.37
Average Bytes Per Session 168750
Average Length of Session 599

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