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LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #177

This week's episode is light fare considering the events of "Black Friday Weekend" featuring a radio classic from Dimension X. The raw take of the slush pile is available in lieu of a normal miscellany. A shopping list of items we're seeking for operations during this season of giving can be found here.

Demographic Rambling

Four years of podcasting with LISNews.org has been interesting. The statistics make things even more interesting. Sadly, I do not have a complete set of data points. Those that I do have worry me.

Location is key. When it comes to covering the Library & Information Science world, our main focus is not geography but instead topical matters. Based upon what data I can derive from FeedBurner's limited statistics, we may cover the right topical matters but hit all the wrong areas of geographical coverage.

From the limited geographical data I have, the bulk of listeners to LISTen: An LISNews.org Program happen to be located in places like the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Canada. US listenership actually comes in a bit lower than would be expected. This may also reflect regional preferences in how you subscribe to podcast content since the FeedBurner link is but one way to subscribe. We simply lack data for some means of subscribing to the podcast.

What can I do with having primarily a foreign audience while the content is primarily produced with a domestic US focus? Some changes in content focus may be necessary perhaps. The big problem with that is that we have virtually no budget and are tethered to the south shores of Lake Erie in a township called Ashtabula. We really do not have the assets in place to cover stories in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Canada. Expansion of assets would otherwise be necessary and we do not have a way to do so quite just yet.

The fifth year of the program is now underway. I want to make changes this year. A big one would be to secure funding for shortwave distribution. With the lessons of this year in terms of how fragile the Internet is, having a backup is important. Considering how much of the listenership is located outside North America, such would be a viable backup that would also skirt around national blacklists and firewalls.

Getting the resources to cover foreign stories is an even harder thing than simply buying blocks of airtime with money we don't have. Foreign collaborators would be necessary. Without any way to compensate them it is kinda hard to recruit such people. Indigenous correspondents would allow for better coverage anyhow compared to trying to secure a travel budget and visa clearances for international travel. We could previously handle this sort of thing through judicious use of Skype but with as unreliable as Time Warner Cable has been locally we cannot go with that option.

These speed results help illuminate what we are paying USD$39.95 to get:



The easy part is knowing what you want to do. The hard part is finding the resources to bring such to fruition. The search for resources is the big challenge for year five, it seems.

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LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #176

This week's episode is a quick one since we're so close to a holiday.

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LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #175

This week's episode looks at a recent case of an event gone wrong and attempts to draw lessons.

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LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #174

This week's episode is a quick one.

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LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #173

This week's episode brings a very relevant audio news release about govdocs from the United States Department of Agriculture as well as an essay and a discussion of creating your own library's wish list like our example. Further links are below the fold.

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LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #171

Although an interview was promised, a pro forma episode is presented instead that mentions BeagleBoard and PandaBoard as well as how to contact the production crew.

LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #170

This week's initial episode brings a look at happenings on LISWire and LISEvents while also remarking upon a recent thread on SERIALST.

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Alternative Paradigms of Access

Do you know how many ways you can keep up with LISNews outside the paradigm of a browser? There is an e-mail digest of posts you can subscribe to if you so choose. Thanks to the magic of Twitter and SMS short codes, you can get updates sent to your mobile device as text messages when new posts are made. You don't even need to be a registered user of Twitter to do this. To get updates on your phone, send the following to 40404: FOLLOW lisnews For readers outside the United States, a list of codes to send that command to can be found here. RSS can give you feeds in an appropriate reader. Plugging http://lisnews.org/rss.xml into your RSS reader will let you receive posts outside the browser. A variety of feed readers are available and we can recommend tools like liferea and newsbeuter. If you have a Kindle, you can also receive LISNews posts by way of the magic transport layer known as WhisperSync. Access via Amazon is available at a nominal cost. Nobody will see any revenue from that before the heat death of the universe. If clicking around in a browser isn't your favored starting point, other avenues do exist to try.

LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #168

Oooops...

Erie Looking Productions regretfully announces that the release of normal programming is delayed until Tuesday this week. We apologize for any difficulties caused.

LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #167

This week's program features pontification from the producer, thoughts about geo-location and analyzing your library's web server logs, and two quick story hits. Related links: Reuters: "Hulu sale at risk even as new bids are due" EFF Deeplinks: "No Authors Have Been Harmed in the Making of This Library"

LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #166

Even though the audio of this episode has the numbering royally screwed up, an interesting look is presented. This is a how-we-did-it sort of episode. As stated in the episode itself: "Consider this a sort of medium-sized Tech for Techies that comes with a side order of curly french fries and a fountain drink."

LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #165

This week's episode contains a book review of a Jim Butcher novel, a reflection on technological change, and a look at the 10th anniversary of 11 September 2011.

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Programming Advisory

NOTICE

Erie Looking Productions will not release new programming this weekend in light of Hurricane Irene's impending approach to the eastern coast of North America.

The potential for systems disruption impacting such a large portion of the United States population is something we must bear in mind. We remember the lessons of the 2003 regional outage that included us in an outage area that encompassed much of the northeastern United States as well as a major portion of the Province of Ontario. In light of recent local electricity reliability issues, we are preparing for the possibility of outages impacting us.

New episodes of LISTen: An LISNews.org Program and Ubuntu Ohio – Burning Circle are tentatively scheduled for release on September 5th, 2011.


The Air Staff of Erie Looking Productions
Michael J. Kellat, Engineer
Gloria D. Kellat, Producer
Stephen Michael Kellat, Head Writer

The PDF to the essay

LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #164

Contrary to normal practice, a text copy of this episode's essay is presented below the “Read More” fold. A PDF file will also follow in the podcast feed.

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LISNews Now Available Via Kindle Blogs

And now LISNews is available by way of the Kindle platform: http://ur1.ca/4xp1k

As noted in the notice above captured from Identica, LISNews is now available via Kindle Blogs. Amazon sets the price for a monthly subscription and right now it is set at $1.99. We've got no input at all as to what Amazon charges in this instance. As long as you have a Kindle device you can get posts right out of the main feed delivered via Whispernet. According to Amazon, links in stories will work and will take you to linked content. This is a bit of an experiment in plumbing LISNews content into other platforms. To get a subscription, visit Amazon. If you want to transmogrify RSS feeds on your own, see the right-hand side of the LISNews page for the XML link chiclet.

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