LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #76 -- Low Bandwidth Version

This week's episode is longer than our past couple. We feature two interviews this week. The first interview is with independent consultant Karen Coyle. In that chat we discuss the leviathan that is OCLC and breach questions as to OCLC's nature. Following the discussion with Karen Coyle, the next discussion was with Rangeview Library District Director Pam Smith. In this chat the depths of WordThink were further explored and explained.

Although the production team is aware of the situation in Iran, right now reports remain sporadic. The team also got very close to a hard upper limit on time this week. If we have reports of special interest to LIS audiences, we might post specials as required.

Related links:
Website of Karen Coyle
Blog post by Karen Coyle: OCLC Policy - What is the Question?
Blog post by Rangeview on moving away from Dewey Decimal Classification
Story on death of a tourist in Las Vegas from Swine Flu
CDC Resources on H1N1
Report by Agence France Presse picked up by Australian Broadcasting Corporation news about how foreign media are being blocked from covering the situation in Iran
Reporting by the BBC about the online sources for details out of Iran
Situation report in English by Deutsche Welle relative to Iran
Reuters video on vote rigging charges in Iran

Comments

Coyle has skin in the game

I continue to be stunned that Karen Coyle can get by with talking about this topic without coming clean about her employment with the Open Library project. Despite LISTen's talk of journalistic ethics, neither LISTen nor Karen appear to know anything about journalistic ethics.

And every other librarian including myself doesn't?

Bringing up an unsigned charged like that is interesting. If anything, I would be far more biased in this regard. Any user of OCLC services has a direct financial interest one way or another.

Looking at the logs, your IP address footprint is rather interesting. The first octet indicated use of a Class B network allocation. All I can say is that you know how to reach me and if you want to tell your side next week, I'll make arrangements. Bear in mind my weekly deadline is 7 PM Pacific Sunday night so waiting until after then to inquire is not good.
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