Knowledge Management


Just two years ago, many people heard a word for the first time.
bq.At the core is an activity they call podcasting, a really simple idea with powerful implications. – “Dave Winer(I’ve been lurking on the ipodder-dev list)”: And a revolution was born. But after Apple sent recently sent “a cease & decist letter(Apple Hits Podcast Ready with Nastygram)”:, there is some consideration about changing the name.
bq.I propose the word “netcast.” It’s a little clearer that these are broadcasts over the Internet. It’s catchy and even kind of a pun. – “Leo Laporte(A Cast By Any Other Name…)”: Not everyone was thrilled by the idea.
bq.I don’t agree with Leo Laporte on his thought process on this though, we are too far down the road to change horses now and his suggested new name is ridiculous. – “Todd Cochrane(Jason Calacanis says either fight or submit to Apple on Podcasting)”: And some are wondering if it just too late.
bq.I’m not entirely sure this campaign from the Podcaster of the Year will mean much to the folks out there who don’t listen to podcasts, but changing the term could help the average Internet user to better understand what the term podcast (ah, I mean netcast) means. – “Amber MacArthur(Can we change the Word of the Year?)”: I usually start off every explanation of podcasting by explaing how it is a confusing name and an iPod is not required. It may be too late to change, but I am not sure that things worked out for the best.

By Michael K Pate

Michael K. Pate tends to spend a great deal time of time around computers. He has been a Librarian since 1997.

Michael was born in Avon Park, Florida in 1966. Except for a couple of brief periods in his life (once in Tampa and once in Winter Haven/Haines City), he has been a life-long resident.

Originally, he planned on a career as a Computer Programmer and therefore graduate from Webber College with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems in 1988. However, unhappy with career opportunities at the time, he soon returned to school and received a BS in Social Science Education from the University of South Florida.

He began his career in education at Avon Elementary and later Avon Park Middle working as a Computer Lab Coordinator. While technological challenges were interesting, he found himself more and more interested in becoming a Media Specialist. He began work on his MLS in 1995.

However, a summer internship at the Sebring Public Library in 1996 soon made him reconsider just what his career should be. Upon graduation in 1997, he secured a position as a Media Specialist at Eastside Elementary in Haines City. Eventually, the position he was looking for opened up and he returned to SPL as Reference Librarian in 1999.

In 2003, he became Assistant Director of the Highlands County Library System, serving in that role until the position was eliminated during a late round of budget cuts in 2010. Since then, he has been the Computer Support Specialist for the Heartland Library Cooperative. In 2011, he began serving on the Board of Directors of the Tampa Bay Library Consortium.