Submitted by Walt on April 2, 2014 - 4:02pm
The May 2014 Cites & Insights (14:5) is now available for downloading.
You'll find it at http://citesandinsights.info/civ14i5.pdf for the 34-page print-oriented two-column version
or at http://citesandinsights.info/civ14i5on.pdf for the 65-page 6x9 online/tablet-oriented single-column version.
The issue includes two essays:
Ethics and Access 2: The So-Called Sting (pp. 1-20)
John Bohannon wrote a news article in Science that either shows that many open access journals with APC charges have sloppy (or no) peer review...or shows almost nothing at all. This story discusses the article itself, offers a number of responses to it--and then adds something I don't believe you'll find anywhere else: A journal-by-journal test of whether the journals involved would pass a naive three-minute sniff test as to whether they were plausible targets for article submissions without lots of additional checking. Is this really a problem involving a majority of hundreds of journals--or maybe one involving 27% (that is, 17) of 62 journals? Read the story; make up your own mind.
Future Libraries: A Roundup (pp. 21-34)
Pretty much what the title suggests--not a sequel to a nineteen-year-old book I coauthored, but a roundup of some thoughts from other folks.
A note on formatting
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Cites & Insights 13:10 (October 2013) is now available at http://citesandinsights.info
The issue is 48 pages long. The single-column 6x9 "online reading version" is 65 pages long.
In fact, most of the regular version also fits into a 6" width; it's made up of book samples that didn't reduce neatly to the narrow column of the two-column version.
The issue consists of one big essay in six smaller portions plus an introduction:
The Front: Books, Books and (Books?) pp. 1-48
It's all about books--specifically, Cites & Insights Books for libraries and librarians: What may be happening with older books, two important new books, one potential new book and two new combinations of old material.
Weeding the Virtual Bookstore pp. 2-3
Some of the existing Cites & Insights Books may go out of print (that is, be removed from potential production) shortly. This section explains why, which books are involved and why--if you actually want one of them--you need to act soon.
Your Library Is...: A Collection of Public Library Sayings pp. 3-10
An inspiring and interesting tour through what America's public libraries choose as their mottoes and slogans on their websites, based on a complete scan of all 9,000+ libraries (or at least those for which I could find websites). 1,137 unique mottoes and slogans, plus 88 mottoes and slogans shared by 205 libraries. General comments, price and availability (this one's available as an $8.99 PDF!) are followed by the Cs: Sayings from libraries in California, Colorado and Connecticut, roughly 9.5 of the 157 text pages in the book.
$4 to $1: Public Library Benefits and Budgets, Vol. 1, Libraries by Size pp. 10-24
Submitted by Walt on July 16, 2013 - 12:53pm
Cites & Insights 13:9 (September 2013) is now available for downloading at the Cites & Insights homepage.
The early, special issue is 10 pages long. If you're reading online or doing anything other than printing it out, you're much better off downloading the single-column online edition, which is 24 pages long, as most of the special issue is a rough draft of a book chapter that includes graphs and tables, which had to be compressed (reducing the type size in the tables quite a bit!) to fit into the narrower columns of the print version.
The issue consists of a single essay (albeit one that includes a draft book chapter as an example):
$4 to $1: Public Library Benefits and Budgets--Help Needed pp. 1-10
I've started the followup to Give Us a Dollar and We'll Give You Back Four (2012-13), and I'm trying to crowdfund inexpensive or free versions of the book (and presell copies) through an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign.
This issue describes the project: Two books (one with libraries by size, one with libraries by state) combining tables, graphs and commentary to offer reasonably detailed pictures of countable public library benefits for FY2011 and how they've changed from 2009 to 2011, and A Library Is..., a collection of public library slogans and mottoes.
Submitted by Walt on July 1, 2013 - 11:25am
Cites & Insights 13:8 (August 2013) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info/
The regular two-column print-oriented issue is 28 pages long; the online-oriented 6x9 single-column version is 54 pages long.
The issue includes:
Perspective: Differences pp. 1-7
Yes, Perspectives is back--this time with an essay about perception and value.
Social Networks pp. 7-21
Submitted by Walt on June 4, 2013 - 6:21pm
Cites & Insights 13:7 (July 2013) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info
The regular PDF version (two columns, 8.5x11", designed for print) is 26 pages.
The "online version" (also PDF, one column, 6x9", designed and optimized for online reading) is 52 pages.
Note that this is another case where the online version will offer a better display of one article (the first one) because of graphs.
The issue includes:
The Big Deal and the Damage Done pp. 1-6
If you're in an academic library, you need to be aware of this study, now available in three versions: A regular PDF (no DRM) for $9.99, a paperback for $16.50 and, especially suitable for library schools and any library wishing to make it broadly available, a campus license PDF version for $40 that explicitly allows mounting the book on a campus ebook or other server that allows multiple simultaneous access or downloading by authorized students and other users.
This article includes Chapter 1 of the book and a segment of the concluding chapter. It includes eight graphs that will be easier to read in the one-column version, although they're all entirely readable in the two-column version.
Technology pp. 6-10
A dozen little essays about a dozen specific technologies.
The CD-ROM Project pp. 10-16
Moving toward the finish line: Possibly the last installment in this series, mostly a set of disappointments with two bright spots.
Submitted by Walt on May 1, 2013 - 12:16pm
The June 2013 Cites & Insights (13:6) is now available for downloading from http://citesandinsights.info/
The issue is available as a 42-page print-oriented two-column PDF or an 81-page single-column 6x9" online-oriented PDF.
You might think of this as a side-effect issue, as both pieces grow out of work done for the Open Access preconference I did at the Washington/Oregon Library Associations joint conference last week:
The Front: The Big Deal and the Damage Done: Available Now (pg.1)
Submitted by Walt on April 2, 2013 - 11:57am
The May 2013 issue of Cites & Insights (volume 13, number 5) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info
[If you want a shorter URL, http://cical.info will also work.]
The two-column PDF version is 28 pages long, The 6x9" single-column version, designed and optimized for e-reading, is 60 pages long.
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Cites & Insights 13:3 (March 2013) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info/civ13i3.pdf.
The issue is 32 pages long.
For those reading online or on a tablet or ebook reader, the single-column "online edition" is available at http://citesandinsights.info/civ13i3on.pdf. The single-column (6x9) version is 67 pages long.
Note: If you don't plan to print this issue out, the single-column version may be preferable: Graphs and tables take advantage of the wider single column.
This issue includes the following:
The Front (pp. 1-3)
On the Contrary: Notes on being a contrarian (or a skeptic)
Libraries: Academic Library Circulation: Surprise! (pp. 3-17)
We all know that circulation in (nearly all) academic libraries has been dropping for years, right? What does (nearly all) mean? Would you believe that a majority of U.S. academic libraries reporting circulation in both 2008 and 2010 (excluding clearly anomalous cases) actually had more circulation in 2010 than in 2008? This article looks at changes in circulation (overall and per capita) by type of library (as broken down in NCES reports--by region, sector, and Carnegie classifications), and also shows the difference between overall average, average of institutional averages, and median figures--frequently surprising differences.
Media: 50 Movie Box Office Gold, Part 2 (pp. 17-26)
Seven discs, 28 movies, all color, some I refused to finish watching.
Libraries: Academic Library Circulation, Part 2: 2006-2010 (pp. 26-32)
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The October 2012 issue of Cites & Insights (12:9) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info/civ12i9.pdf
The issue is 24 pages long. A single-column 6x9" version, designed for online reading (and optimized for online display rather than printing), 46 pages long, is at http://citesandinsights.info/civ12i9on.pdf (It's a much smaller file than the two-column version, if that's an issue.)
The issue contains the following essays, available as HTML separates through the links below (if you're viewing a web page) or from http://citesandinsights.info:
Give Us a Dollar and We'll Give You Back Four (2012-2013) pp. 1-4
Information on my new book, designed to be a tool for public libraries aiming to improve or retain funding, including its availability as an $11.99 PDF, $21.95 paperback or $31.50 hardcover. While it's a tool, it's also an interesting set of detailed tables on the activities of public libraries--if you're numerate, since the tables deliberately lack textual commentary.