Submitted by Walt on July 15, 2014 - 6:21pm
Cites & Insights 14:8 (August 2014) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info/civ14i8.pdf
The two-column print-oriented issue is 32 pages long. A single-column 6x9" version designed for online/tablet reading is also available, at http://citesandinsights.info/civ14i8on.pdf (The single-column version is 61 pages long.)
This issue includes the following:
The Front: Once More with [Big] Dealing pp. 1-2
If you read the June 2014 issue, you may be aware that "Big-Deal Serial Purchasing: Tracking the Damage" wasn't available when I thought it would be.
It's available now; this brief essay offers the link to the ALA Store page for the Library Technology Reports issue and notes the complementary book for those academic librarians with deeper interests.
I believe every academic library should pay attention to this issue of LTR. If your library subscribes, it should be available now (electronically) or in a few days (in print form). If it doesn't, you should buy the issue as a separate. Some of you really would find Beyond the Damage: Circulation, Coverage and Staffing useful as well.
Words: Doing It Yourself pp. 2-18
Notes on self-publishing and whether or not it makes sense for you (or for your library to assist with).
Intersections: Access and Ethics 3 pp. 18-32
Submitted by Walt on June 9, 2014 - 5:31pm
Cites & Insights 14:7 (July 2014) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info/civ14i7.pdf
That URL is for the traditional two-column print-oriented ejournal. If you plan to read the journal on a computer, a tablet or other e-device (and if you plan to follow links), you're much better off--especially in this case--downloading the single-column online-oriented version at http://citesandinsights.info/civ14i7on.pdf
[Links may not work from the two-column version. Conversely, some boldface may not show up in the one-column version. This issue has two dozen tables, some of which have smaller type in the two-column version, making the one-column version easier to read.]
The two-column version is 24 pages long. The single-column 6x9 version is 45 pages long.
The issue consists of a single essay, all original material (except for a few excerpts from publisher pages):
Journals, "Journals" and Wannabes: Investigating the List (pp. 1-24)
Jeffrey Beall's 4P (potential, probable, possible predatory) publisher and journal lists total 9,219 journals in early April 2014.
The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) totals 9.822 journals as of early June 2014.
9,219 is 93.9% of 9,822.
But: 90.8% of the journals in DOAJ are not represented in Beall's lists.
A paradox? Not really.
Submitted by Walt on May 28, 2014 - 4:54pm
Cites & Insights 14:6 (June 2014) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info/civ14i6.pdf
The print-oriented two-column version is 16 pages long. You may also view or download a 32-page one-column 6x9" ereader-oriented version at http://citesandinsights.info/civ14i6on.pdf
This issue includes three sections:
The Front: Beyond the Damage (pp. 1-4)
Libraries that subscribe to Library Technology Reports should, some time in the next few days or weeks, receive "Big-Deal Serial Purchasing: Tracking the Damage"--and academic libraries that don't subscribe to LTR may want to purchase this edition from ALA Editions. It brings last year's The Big Deal and the Damage Done forward to cover 2002-2012 and offers a tighter and more sophisticated view of the situation. (Spoiler alert: Things got worse from 2010 to 2012)
Simultaneously, I'm publishing Beyond the Damage: Circulation, Coverage and Staffing, a book looking at some other aspects of academic libraries and how they changed between 2002 and 2012. It's available in two forms, each $45: a 130-page paperback with color graphs--or a site-licensed PDF ebook with precisely the same content. Easiest way to find it: go to Lulu.com and search "Crawford beyond damage" (no quotes needed)--that currently yields just the two versions.
Media: Mystery Collection, part 7 (pp. 4-12)
For the first time, most of these movies are in color--which doesn't necessarily mean they're better, as this is also (I believe) the first time I've given up on movies before they're finished in five out of 24 cases. There are some gems, but also some real dross here.
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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