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Thoughts on A Podcast @LISNews?

Someone had an idea for a LISNews podcast, so I thought I'd see if there was any interest out there. The initial iteration of the podcast could be released on Mondays and be a snapshot of top stories from the prior week on LISNews. Recording would be done on Sunday night followed by an upload of the audio file to the relevant place so it is put out on the resultant feed for Monday morning release.

What about a catchy title? Perhaps "LISNews: Audio Edition"? That name definitely does not sound sufficiently hip but at the moment that is all I can come up with.

The thought, at this moment, is to do a six episode trial for this podcast next month, and a few in January. We already know about LibVibe & Uncontrolled Vocabulary, but maybe LISNews needs something specific to it. Either Contact Me or leave a comment below.


Time To Nominate Your Favorites! LISNews 10 Blogs To Read in 2008

Believe it or not, 2007 is coming to an end! I've just started putting together our list "must read" library blogs for 2008. Like our 10 Blogs To Read in 2006 & 2007, I want the list to reflect a wide a range of opinions.

What blogs do you read every day? What blogs help you learn? What blogs keep you informed? What blogs make you laugh? Who's the best writer out there? Think of it this way: "I read many others, but these are the LIS blogs that read even when time is short."

Your list need not be complete, fair, or even have more than one blog listed. I'm looking for input from everyone so the final list is full of new faces. My goal again this year, 10 blogs that paint picture of what's going on in our little world.

Send me your ideas, or leave a comment below.

Note: We all know LISNews is obviously the single most important web site in the entire history of the internet, so therefore I won't be including it on any final list.
Second Note: Anyone who made it to 10 Blogs To Read in 2006 & 2007 won't be included this year.
Third note: As John points out, I forgot to link to the past years lists: 10 Blogs To Read In 2007 and 10 Blogs To Read in 2006.


in Australia, new TV Entertainment by theName of "The Librarians"


Hey there...

Any Aussie librarians seen the new show by the same name? Please send us your comments! Here's a review from The Age of the recently premiered dark comedy.

The Camel Librarian...The Next Chapter

Cool Story via Shelf-Awareness on "the camel librarian."

Masha Hamilton's novel, The Camel Bookmobile, published earlier this year by HarperCollins, was inspired by the work of the Camel Mobile Library Service, an outreach program launched in 1996 by the Kenya National Library Service. Masha tells us that the real camel librarian, Rashid Farah, is now seeking a scholarship to continue his studies in the U.S. and then return to Garissa, Kenya.

In an e-mail, Farah wrote, "In the case of librarianship, I was first person ever in this province to attain a certificate in library studies in 1989. I was also lucky to have been sponsored for a three-year diploma in information studies at Kenya Polytechnic, which I successfully completed in 2003."

According to Masha, "All the librarians I've known are inspiring, and Mr. Farah is something of a hero, determined to bring books into the bush where they've never been before, and in this way breaking through barriers and creating new possibilities in the lives of his patrons. But he very much wants to continue to develop professionally, and I'd love to see him helped."

Any LISNewsterz have any suggestions for assisting Mr. Farah in his campaign for continuing education? For more information, visit Masha's website or e-mail her at Masha Hamil.

RefQ: What's The Most Common FULL Name?

Got an email reference question that I thought might be of interest... "I've been trying to determine the most common name in the
US. Not the most common first name, not the most common last name - of
which there are many resources, ranking them by birth year (census),
and overall. But of the *full name*.

Just because there's a lot of people named James, doesn't mean
that there aren't more Johns with the last name Johnson.

I did try a couple of library answering services, but they
drew blanks as well, giving it their best guesses."


Who is the librarian you'd most like to see blogging?

Question: Who is the librarian you' most like to see blogging?
Note: I'm not saying the world needs more librarians blogging, I'm just wondering if there is someone in particular we're missing. Also, I'm sure we can all think of people we'd like to see stop blogging, maybe we'll answer that question another day.


Tips For Getting Published?

crazyliblady writes "I have been trying, unsuccessfully, to get published in journals for several months now. Both journals I tried to published in told me my writing was not "groundbreaking." I agree that is not the most exciting topic, but it is interesting and important. I read the "instructions for authors" section for the first journal where I sent my article. It did not have very specific about what types of articles they published, so I looked at older issues. It had some articles published along these lines, but nothing I would consider "groundbreaking." I even contacted the editor by email with a description of the article before sending it. The editor indicated she liked the idea and forwarded it to the column editor, who indicated she also liked it and told me to send it in. I did send it in, but was told it was not right. If journal publishers have specific requirements on subject matter, why is that not stated in the "instructions for authors."

I would like to suggest a discussion topic for strategies in getting published in journals."

Reporter Looking For Homeless Library Stories

Ann The Hollywood Librarian writes:
Monica Hesse, the Washington Post reporter who filed this
terrific story
is working on another librarian piece. She emailed me
with this:

"Several of the people I spoke with at Hollywood Librarian's premiere
mentioned how many homeless individuals came into their libraries to use
the computers. I'm really interested in this concept--how homeless people
can use the free technology in libraries to gain a degree of normalcy in
their lives. I'm particularly interested in finding out if any of them use
the computers to play virtual reality games like Second Life, in which they
could set up a house, etc, or if they use networking sites like MySpace.

I'm collecting stories of homeless people using technology in libraries,
and if you have one I would love to hear from you--especially if you have a
user who has become a "regular" in your library. I can be reached at
[email protected] or at 202-334-4831. And please, forward this on
to every public librarian you know--the more stories I have, the more
justice I can do to this story.

Contact this fine reporter with your story. She's wonderful to talk to.


Survey About 4th Edition of Connecting Young Adults & Libraries

Michele Gorman writes "Hello teen librarians, LSTs, youth advocates, library school professors, grad school students, and anyone else who might have an interest in helping shape the next edition of Connecting Young Adults and Libraries, the book that Mary K. Chelton claims "has everything — clear philosophical goals for the service grounded in developmental assets; an incredible list of how-tos by authors who have been there, done that; a lively text; and a rock-solid understanding of the real kids who need us, not the fantasy kids we often confuse with them.
If you have read or used the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd edition of our professional book, Connecting Young Adults and Libraries, we need your feedback to help make the 4th edition as comprehensive and practical as possible. We will be collecting all survey responses on Monday, July 24.

If you have a copy of any edition of Connecting Young Adults and Libraries, it might be helpful to have it in front of you as you answer these questions. It's not necessary, just helpful. When you're ready to begin, click on this link to get started with the simple 10 question survey. If you'd like to leave the survey at any time, just click "Exit this survey". Your answers will be saved.

Thanks for your input; we appreciate it!

Michele Gorman and Tricia Suellentrop
[email protected]; [email protected]"

Looking For A Book

Dr. Michael Stephens is look for a book: A Document (Re)turn: Contributions from a Research Field in Transition by Roswitha Skare (Editor), Niels Windfeld Lund (Editor), Andreas Varheim (Editor)

He needs some page numbers for the Michael Buckland chapter:

Michael Buckland discusses the model adopted by the Document Studies program at the University of Tromso, Norway. He notes that the specific conceptual framework looks at "three complementary lines of inquiry [that] can produce a rich analysis: document analysis; social interrogation; and comparison of practices across different genres and traditions." In discussing the third of these he notes: "Human life and human cultures form their patterns. Ludwig Wittgenstein argued that meaning is constituted through activity, through the use of language ("language games") within specific contexts."

Michael Buckland "Northern Light" in A Document (Re)turn: Contributions from a Research Field in Transition. Roswitha Skare, Niels Winfeld Lund, and Andreas Varheim, eds. Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2007.

Please email him at mstephens7 (at) if you can help.



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