Friday, March 09, 2007

Lunar and Planetary Science Conference

Posts will be light and less regular next week. This is our annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. Also, my podcast, news page and recent additions to the collection page at the LPI will not be updated next week.

If you will be at the conference stop by the library or the Publishers' Exhibit and say Hi.

Thursday, March 08, 2007


It seems that the MARC Record Translation Program is no longer available. It's a shame when tools disappear.

WorldCat Citations

Item records in, WorldCat's open-Web interface, now include a Cite this Item link that provides bibliographic citations in five common styles: APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA and Turabian.

That was a nice feature on the RedLightGreen site. Glad to see it here.

Podcasting Tips

I do a weekly podcast for the Lunar and Planetary Institute (MPOW). Short, simple and easy. I do read a bit about podcasting looking for useful tips, here is an audio file that covers a new aspect, Using Format to Engage the Listener by Stacy Bond.
Although podcasters may savor the raw style of extemporaneous talk, Bond shares many pro-level tips to help ensure content is presented in a listenable way. By envisioning a timeline or arc for the show, podcasters can build an identity and create hooks to engage and stimulate their audience. Breaks should be designed to allow people a chance to catch up and stay clear on who's speaking and what's happening. Rhythms, repetition and certain milestones can reinforce the tone and trajectory of a show in order to keep listeners on track and well entertained within a familiar framework for audio storytelling.