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Cites & Insights April 2018 (18:2) available

Five months in the making*, it's ready for downloading at https://citesandinsights.info/civ18i2.pdf: the April 2018 Cites & Insights, volume 18, number 2.

This 44-page issue includes:
The Front: Readership Notes, 2017 pp. 1-2

A belated set of notes on 2017 readership.

Technology: Wikipedia: Oldish Notes pp. 2-16

Empire of the Summer Moon

Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History

https://amzn.to/2H7ylLn

In the tradition of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, a stunningly vivid historical account of the forty-year battle between Comanche Indians and white settlers for control of the American West, centering on Quanah, the greatest Comanche chief of them all.

Professional Pet Peeves

My pet peeves regarding some others in my profession -

Those who don't do their research:

  1. to properly unsubscribe from a listserv (or simply look at a message footer) and/or
  2. those who reply to an entire list instead of the original sender

*and many of these same people are supposed to help others research topics and find information?

Maybe I will write a librarian humor blog - should it be "The Humorous Librarian" (in the same vein as "The Annoyed Librarian")?

Cites & Insights January 2018 (18:1) available

The January 2018 Cites & Insights (18:1) is now available for downloading at https://citesandinsights.info/civ18i1.pdf

The 48-page (6" x 9") issue includes:

The Front pp. 1-2

Research: then and now

This commentary was inspired by the recent opinion piece in Slate "Why Are Conservatives More Susceptible to Believing Lies?"
http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2017/11/why_conservatives_are_more_...

Book vandalism

Yesterday I saw the first evidence of large-scale book vandalism at my current library, where I have been employed for over 9 years. I initially noticed three books in the 300s (DDC), including one about the Kent State shootings, with spines cut off. Shortly after our Circulation staff and students found multiple books (up to 400) in the 200s, especially 238s (Christianity, catechisms, creeds, etc.) had either spines cut off or tops or bottoms of spines ripped off. No spines or other evidence has been found on the shelves or in the trash.

Cites & Insights November 2017 available

The most colorful issue of Cites & Insights to date, November 2017, is now available for downloading at https://citesandinsights.info/civ17i10.pdf

This 36-page (6x9") issue includes two essays:

Intersections: Gray Portraits pp. 1-26

Cites & Insights October 2017 available: Gray OA 2014-2017

Gray OA 2014-2017: A Partial Followup, the October 2017 Cites & Insights (17.9), is now available for downloading at https://citesandinsights.info/civ17i9.pdf

The single-essay issue is 42 pages long (38 numbered pages).

 It updates article-count and status-code information (but not APC/fee information) for gray OA journals not in DOAJ, adding full-year 2016 article counts and January-June 2017 counts, doubled for ease of comparisons.

Cites & Insights September 2017 available

The September 2017 issue of Cites & Insights (17:8) is now available for downloading at https://citesandinsights.info/civ17i8.pdf

A very personal and very short issue (12 6" x 9" pages) includes two essays:

The Front: Maybe I'm Doing it Wrong  pp. 1-4

Hat-tip to Randy Newman for the title, and--although this was written over the weekend and it's not referred to in the essay, even indirectly--to CHE for once again making my point.

A $55 Million Gift, and a New Name, for the Mid-Manhattan Library

Last year, the New York Public Library released plans for a total renovation of its Mid-Manhattan branch, the workhorse circulating library that has long been the ungainly stepsibling to the magnificent Beaux-Arts building across Fifth Avenue that houses its world-class research collection.

The work began this summer. And now the library has secured the final $55 million in private money needed to pay for that makeover, which will also come with a new name.

Cites & Insights 17.7 (August 2017) available

The August 2017 Cites & Insights (volume 17, issue 7) is now available for downloading at https://citesandinsights,info/civ17i7.pdf

The 32-page (6" x 9", designed for online/tablet reading) issue includes:

The Front: The Summer Issues pp. 1-2

An ode to stone fruit season and a note on lack of deeper significance.

Media: Mystery Collection, Part 8 pp. 2-16

Okay, about this Telegram thing

Telegram is an interesting sort of messaging platform. I use it for communication in the Ubuntu development community that I still have some vestigial contact with. As the way the budget turns on Capitol Hill, my contact may be increased soon as I may also be under the axe in terms of continued employment along with many colleagues. I am still working on my "digital libraries" project performing an external evaluation of Outernet and may be able to issue a report later this year.

Cites & Insights 17:6 (July 2017) available

The July 2017 Cites & Insights (17:6) is now available for downloading at https://citesandinsights.info/civ17i6.pdf

This 60-page (6" x 9") issue consists of one essay:

Intersections: Economics and Access 2017 pp. 1-60

A roundup of various items relating to the cost, price, fees and other aspects of scholarly journals, with an emphasis on open access.

Where am I?

When you get muzzled by your employer, it gets hard to do things. The new CEO at work is a strange fellow. If anybody can tell me the meaning of covfefe, I suppose that'll help explain the fellow.

Cites & Insights 17.5 available

Cites & Insights 17.5 (June 2017) is now available for downloading at https://citesandinsights.info/civ17i5.pdf

 The 84-page issue (6" x 9" pages designed for online/device reading) includes:

The Front: The Countries of OAWorld 2: 2011-2016 pp. 1-11

Cites & Insights 17:3 available

Cites & Insights 17:3 (April 2017) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info/civ17i3.pdf

The 32-page 6"x9" single-column issue* includes two essays:
The Art of the Beall pp. 1-20

ArtSpeak

ArtSpeak: A Guide to Contemporary Ideas, Movements, and Buzzwords, 1945 to the Present http://amzn.to/2j6j00V

Tearing Down My NYPL Library Branch

From DNA Info, they're tearing down my branch library in Inwood (NYC) to build more affordable housing. Gah!! Also a new library one of these days...

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