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This week's episode is a bit unconventional yet posted early on April 1st.
This week's episode brings a conference report from Blake Carver followed by a bit of a news miscellany.
Human trafficking 'hiding in plain sight' in northern Ohio, U.S. Attorney says
Facebook removes page paying homage to Toulouse killer
Toulouse gunman dies in hail of bullets during police raid
French officials under fire over Toulouse gunman
French president promises law to make viewing "hate sites" an offense
Don't rush to shut down hate on the web
FOIA data suggests FCC more secretive than CIA
Verizon Data Breach Report Offers Scary Truths About Security
'Hacktivists' Lead Data Breach Threats, Study Finds
Pirate Bay plans to build aerial server drones with $35 Linux computer
Pirate Bay plans sky-high flying proxy servers
US broadcasters put the squeeze on small-town cable TV
Conservatives hijack #ILikeObamacare hashtag on Twitter
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This week's episode looks at a blog post by David Rothman entitled "OverDrive gets loan of up to $1M from Ohio county with budget-challenged libraries".
Direct download link: HERE
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Programming will resume from Erie Looking Productions on March 19th barring any unforeseen disruptions. In the mean time, here is a raw track where engineer Mike Kellat performs What Do You Do With A Drunken Sailor.
MP3 direct download HERE
The Chief of the Enforcement Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission issued a 2 page PDF enforcement advisory discussing why using jammers is illegal in any situation and outlining the massive penalties using or importing such a device entails.
This week's episode is another quick one that talks about the seemingly ephemeral nature of electronic communications as of late.
You can directly download such HERE
And something somewhat unrelated served up by Archive.org:
After a trip to visit Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and pick up computer parts on the way back, LISTen is finally posted. The episode can be directly downloaded here.
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Due to intense file manipulation operations after a near-hit systems crash, programming will be released later in the day on or near 2300 UTC on Monday, February 27, 2012. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.
With a Republican debate happening yet again and "Super Tuesday" coming up, there are political things to ponder in Library Land. Ohio is a state that takes part in Super Tuesday voting and a variety of property tax levies can appear on the ballot. At Erie Looking Productions, The Air Staff gets to pass upon a renewal request by the Ashtabula County Children Services Board to preserve funding. The issue runs for five years if approved.
Library funding issues have popped up from time to time. On the last two issues that have come up locally, I have voted against them. As I look ahead to voting on Super Tuesday, I can explain why.
When it comes to backing candidates or issues, I do not look for those engaging in "managed decline". In that instance, you're not winning. You're just stretching a miserable failure out for an unconscionable period. I do try to avoid those who plan to be steady hands on the tiller who do not want to make waves. Life is dynamic and is not something static that merely requires care and attention of the best technocrat available.
As cultural institutions, libraries need visions. Libraries need dreams. Without visions or dreams, especially ones that can be articulated clearly, libraries are not living cultural institutions but instead mausoleums. Mausoleums can easily be forgotten and left to decay. Institutions with life in them do not go down that path.
What frontier do you want to conquer at your library? Where do you want the cultural institution you operate to be in one year? What about in four years?
Grand strategic visions are not what is needed right now. Discrete milestones over a short enough period help stakeholders grasp what your dreams and vision entail. It is far harder to sell a vague intangible like "change" compared to something concrete like "creating a new science fiction collection of five hundred to one thousand items prior to broadening the romance collection to include more durable copies of works by Christine Feehan".
Out of the Republican field of potential nominees, Newt Gingrich perhaps offers one of the broadest visions and comprehensive dreams. He speaks of conquering space and shifting away from the current effective outsourcing to the Russian Federation of getting Americans to space. There's plenty to not like about his policy ideas. Unlike contenders on either side of the political divide, he does express a concrete vision of a dreamed about future. Whether or not you agree with him, dreaming of a Moon Base is more concrete than the vague intangibles offered by the rest of the pack.
I have no clue how I will vote on Super Tuesday. Plenty can change between now and then. A big concern is to find candidates with dreams of tomorrow that they can articulate and that have tangible end points.
Do you have such a dream at your library? Even more importantly, have you told anybody what it is?
Envisioning Dreams by Stephen Michael Kellat is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License. -- Read More
Due to a hardware-related systems failure, this week's installment of LISTen is unplugged. The last draft of the speaking script is going down the payload pipeline instead. Regular production is hoped to resume next week.