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Christopher Kiess takes a look at the future of libraries in this original essay.
The future of libraries – it’s a topic at many conferences and one that always seems to generate conversation and debate. It’s not a new topic. But given the changing nature of information, it is worthy of exploration. Recently, I entertained a discussion amongst librarians on the Web4Lib listserv. And as usual, there were the familiar cries of dissent from both the proponents and opponents of change. However, most of the arguments did little to address the primary question I posed – can we save ourselves?
I can hear the rumbling in the crowd already and am sure to have my head on a pike by noon at the hands of a mob of librarians. But, I think we are obligated to closely examine our profession as it is defined and consider how we might meet the demands of the future through changing our skill set. Rather than simply defending what we do or what we claim to do, why not examine our educational programs as well as the major trends in our field? -- Read More
This week's episode is different from the usual fare. The thread holding this together is: "Authors You Didn't Hear at ALA Annual 2008". Authors David Weber and Piers Anthony were interviewed this week. Interviews ranged from talking about their works to how they view libraries to the future of books. The interview with David Weber is being presented in two parts with the remaining portion to air on a future episode. Both authors raised unique points when it comes to determining authorial intent relative to exposing children to their own works that might be otherwise objectionable.
A link is presented below for the Baen Free Library. That site is one where there are complete works available for reading without digital rights management software issues. Works by David Weber and others appear in that collection.
Home page of Piers Anthony
A book by Piers Anthony not for kids
A second book by Piers Anthony not for kids
The Baen Free Library featuring items by David Weber and others
Works by David Weber published by Baen Books
The Honor Harrington Series
US Transition to Digital Television Broadcasting Info Site
Home page of Erie Looking Productions
An interesting tweet on Twitter -- Read More
After an unplanned break, LISTen returns slightly earlier than anticipated! This week's episode includes an interview with author Scott Douglas as well as a commentary and a new installment of Tech for Techies.
The audio file contains a special message relative to the podcast this week.00:00:10 minutes (115.34 KB)
This week's episode talks about television, Usenet News, and online video-sharing.00:23:12 minutes (6.64 MB)
This week's episode features an interview by the podcast audio production engineer with Blake Carver as well as a commentary on the seemingly nebulous yet rather important topic of resilience.
[EDIT AT 2132 PDT] -- Read More00:18:12 minutes (7.29 MB)
This week's episode brings an interview with Revision3 CEO Jim Louderback about a recent Denial of Service incident they suffered. Another installment of Tech for Techies talks about lessons learned from the Revision3 incident and begins a discussion about the need to consider infrastructure. Although the production team is aware of the incident at Softlayer that not only affected multiple LISHost clients not to mention the Volokh Conspiracy group blog, this episode is not covering that. We are waiting until Episode #25 to do that perhaps.
This week's episode, while having somewhat of an AM radio feel due to the compression happening, brings an interesting mix. Interviews with librarians K. G. Schneider and Kathryn Greenhill are included in the episode. A commentary about Twitter comes in near the end with a unique suggestion that perhaps OCLC should buy Twitter out. Even though posted slightly late, this Memorial Day weekend edition of LISTen has plenty packed inside.
Blog of K. G. Schneider
Blog of Kathryn Greenhill
Australian Library and Information Association website for Library and Information Week
Blog post about Twitter systems failure
Post by Ariel Waldman referenced in the commentary
This week's episode brings another installment of Tech for Techies as well as a commentary and a word from the audio engineer. The episode ran short as we had to handle the loss of a previously planned interview. An administrative trivia note at the end of the episode noted that next week's episode will post at the usual time in the usual way notwithstanding there being a holiday in the United States.
If your library has something happening that you think the rest of the profession should know about, why not contact the LISTen team? The e-mail address for that is firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call the team using the telephone numbers below:
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The production team encourages calls from outside the United States from library folk who have perspectives, experiences, and news to share so that others do not "re-invent the wheel". We are able to cope with time zone differences to talk to folks just as much in Cleveland as in Australasia or the British Isles. All you have to do is ask and we then can see what we can do. The team is especially interested in hearing about how professional practice takes place in Commonwealth of Nations realms.00:14:33 minutes (6.66 MB)
This week's episode has a bit of a Rod Serling inspired feel to it. As the podcast is not a video one, we can control neither the horizontal nor the vertical. We can present a different look at things, though.
The podcast opens with a zeitgeist check by the podcast audio production engineer. An interview with Blake Carver follows with the fifth installment of Tech for Techies soon thereafter. The podcast audio production engineer wrapped up the episode.
As to the nature of any potential Ghoulardi-inspired podcast, the production team has no known plans.
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