Parsec Awards

Thanks to my friend Anna Creech, I had the honor of being a judge for this year’s Parsec Awards. I was a judge for the “Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Short Form)” category, and it was great listening to the different podcasts. All of the submissions were at least good, and many of them were very, very good. Sadly, I couldn’t go to Dragon*Con to be at the awards ceremony. Maybe someday…

At any rate, congratulations to all of the 2010 winners!

Casting Pods Before Kids

The Promotions people at MPOW decided they wanted to offer patrons a free CD of recorded storytimes before Thanksgiving, with the idea that parents could put the CD on and keep the kids entertained during a long car ride to wherever they were having Thanksgiving dinner. Discussion and planning followed, readers were solicited from our Youth Services staff, and thanks to the digital media and coding savviness of my teammates, today saw the premiere of…

…the Johnson County Library Online Storytimes!

We’re offering a fairly small number of CDs at a few of our libraries, but every track of the CD, read by our talented staff (including one story read by yours truly), is available on our children’s website for downloading. You can also subscribe to the Online Storytimes podcast through Feedburner and iTunes. If we get enough positive responses, through postcards and an online survey, we’ll continue with the online stories. I’m feeling pretty good about it, and I think we’ll get enough good feedback to keep the podcast going.

Check ’em out and let me know what you think. (“The Tortoise and the Hare,” read by my friend and teammate Dave, is one of my favorites.)

Get into the Vocabulary

It was with a heavy heart that, due to a variety of circumstances, I had to miss last night’s Uncontrolled Vocabulary. But in general, I do my utmost to listen and participate in the conversation. And so should you. Why? Cindi Trainor has some reasons for you, so go read her blog. And if you haven’t gone for a ride on the good ship Uncontrolled Vocabulary yet, come aboard and give it a try. I triple dog dare you!

Your Show of Shows

Last night’s premiere of Greg Schwartz’s “Uncontrolled Vocabulary” was an immense amount of fun. It was also an interesting exercise in multitasking streams of information and conversation, as I was listening to and participating in the discussion, reading the typed chats that some participants were typing out, reading the articles we were discussing, and reading Twitter feeds that became a parallel discussion.

The podcast is already available for download, so give it a listen, and join us all next week for more library discussion and wackiness.

Vocabulario Descontrolado

Greg Schwartz has decided to put together a weekly, hour-long, live podcast in which people call in to talk about issues and events in the Magical Land of Libraries. He’s calling it “Uncontrolled Vocabulary,” and has set up a blog and del.icio.us tags to go along with the show. The premiere show will be this Thursday, June 28, at 10 pm Eastern, and will use TalkShoe (the Uncontrolled Vocab blog has more information about how to get set up and use TalkShoe). I’ll definitely be there, and if you’re free at that time, I invite you to join in. It’ll be a party, people!