By unanimous vote of network program producers, the LISNews Netcast Network is taking a week off. The release of Tech for Techies will still occur at 0400 UTC on April 10th (what is this in my local time). No new programs will be released until 0400 UTC on April 20th (what is this in my local time). Network producers will be taking time to catch up writing features during the hiatus.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation. In case you missed it, the most recent episode of LISTen had two big tech interviews while the Faceless Historian presented an expanded version of his recent Ignite Phoenix talk. Catching up during the hiatus is encouraged if you are curious.
We have a bit of a special episode for you this time around! Last month, I was chosen to speak at the third Ignite Phoenix event. To fit my talk into the time allowed, I had to pare down the essay to its barest essentials. So this time around, I'm presenting to you the original work, uncut.
So, if you haven't seen the video of my performance, you can find out why we're just now catching up with the Ancient Romans, at least on one small technological front. And if you have seen the video, I hope you enjoy the full presentation.
For all you library types with a passion for your profession, you could do a lot worse than promoting it in front of a group of people willing to hear you out. If you have an Ignite event in your area, you might want to submit a presentation. After all, it's only five minutes.12:03 minutes (8 MB)
It is my pleasure to announce that the LISNews Netcast Network is finally offering pieces for licensing via Public Radio Exchange. This is a very unique opportunity for the crew. Public Radio Exchange ("PRX") is the main means by which we can offer content to National Public Radio affiliates for licensing. Others, such as a couple Canadian Broadcasting Corporation programs and Audible, are also set up to license through that system.
What does this mean to the average LISNews user? Probably not a whole lot. You can go about your merry way and not worry about this, if you so choose.
If you want to get LIS-related content out on NPR affiliates and others, this opens up a new avenue for you. If you want early paid access to some of the content we record, this opens up a new avenue for you. If you think that the Great Western Dragon/Faceless Historian should really be on the radio instead of restricted to just podcasts, this opens up a new avenue for you.
Most content through the PRX is not available for free. This heavily relates to insuring that rights holders for music are in fact compensated for their toils as there is a deal worked out to bypass much of the bureaucratic nastiness found in music use outside PRX. In part it also ensures that content creators get fair compensation within the confines of the present copyright regime in the United States. This is the sort of deal that helps generate a revenue stream to allow parts of the network to cover equipment and telecommunications costs, for example.
What can you do to make this happen? On the network's end, we've been increasing our visibility as of late. While that is a good thing itself, it is not a complete action. If you want us on the radio airwaves, you have to contact your local NPR stations to tell them. The program directors at the stations are the folks you want to talk to. Unless they feel there is any demand for programming in this area, all the efforts at raising visibility frankly are worth nothing.
Most stations using PRX are found in the United States. Stations outside the United States can license content but have to set up as an outside licensor. That matter is for PRX to resolve, not us.
You can find the LISNews Netcast Network profile online at: http://www.prx.org/group/lisnewsnetcasts.
Good News by Stephen Michael Kellat is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.
Based on a work at lisnews.org.
If you have a long plane trip for Computers in Libraries 2009, we've got some podcast recommendations to help keep you informed and amused.
You can catch up on programs you might have missed with Tech for Techies, LISTen, and Hyperlinked History. Network producers do crank out a bit of content during the week. Links for network programs to plug into your podcatcher are:
Hyperlinked History: http://feeds2.feedburner.com/HyperlinkedHistory
Tech for Techies: http://feeds2.feedburner.com/TechForTechies
All Network Programs In One Feed: http://feeds2.feedburner.com/LISNewsNetcasts
Other programs to potentially try include:
Friday Night Comedy from BBC Radio 4: http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radio4/fricomedy/rss.xml
The Folks on the Hill from Radio Ulster: http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/northernireland/folks/rss.xml
Quirks and Quarks, a CBC science program: http://www.cbc.ca/podcasting/includes/quirksaio.xml
tripleJ Unearthed Podcast: http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/podcast/unearthed.xml
CBC Radio's Comedy Factory: http://www.cbc.ca/podcasting/includes/cf.xml
Community Divas: http://feeds2.feedburner.com/communitydivas
GeekSpeak on KUSP: http://www.npr.org/rss/podcast.php?id=510168
KCRW's Martini Shot: http://media.kcrw.com/podcast/show/ma
Digital Planet on the BBC World Service: http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/worldservice/digitalp/rss.xml
To those traveling, fair winds and calm seas. LISTen will post per its normal schedule at 0400 UTC Monday.
Welcome once again to the pages and stages of history where number crazy mystics meet musicians and mingle with warrior women who offer something of value to early 20th century warfare before that gets taken apart by an Anglicanized American with a penchant for carnival rides.
Well, it wouldn't be the first time someone accused me of Irrational Behaviour.15:35 minutes (8 MB)
Welcome to another episode of Hyperlinked History! This time we drop into pre-medieval Japan and explore courtly rulers, samurai, invaders from foreign lands, mythic locales, Popes, empresses, money, stocks, conflagrations, and freight handling.
As you can see, things are really Moving Along.12:33 minutes (8 MB)
Due to the completely unexpected success of the special episode of LISTen when I substituted for Stephen, he asked me to join the LISNews Netcast Network! So please join my alter-ego, The Faceless Historian, for a new show. This time, we cover actors, saints, kings, bards, emperors, and war. It's quite a production because, after all, All The World Is A Stage.
So sit back, grab a latte, slip off the shoes, and relax with a little history.12:37 minutes (8 MB)
Regular production of LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast is on hiatus until August 23rd. That is a target date for a return and can change depending upon circumstances. Tech for Techies remains on hiatus while Hyperlinked History has transitioned to a video program. The back catalogs of each program remain for your listening pleasure.
During the hiatus while the air staff at Erie Looking Productions is undertaking efforts so that LISTen may return, you can still follow what the team is doing. Things that you can follow include:
While Stephen deals with the stress of moving, he asked that I fill in for him for a special episode of LISTen - The LISNews Podcast. As my alter-ego, The Faceless Historian, I'll take you on a journey through history back to the distant past and the origins of the DRM and copying controversies we deal with today.
Stephen and the regular LISTen gang will be back next week with your regularly scheduled podcast. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy something a little different about something related to issues we face in libraries today.
If you're in the mood for more of my historical meanderings, you can catch my podcast (Hyperlinked History) on iTunes or via the Hyperlinked History website.27:45 minutes (8 MB)