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Cites & Insights 12:1 (January-February 2012) available

I won't say Cites & Insights is really back from hiatus, but for now let's say "irregularly published."

Cites & Insights Volume 12, Issue 1 (January-February 2012) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info/civ12i1.pdf

The 20-page issue, PDF as usual, contains three sections, each separately available in HTML form (the subheadings are links):
Bibs & Blather pp. 1-7

Announcing The Librarian's Guide to Micropublishing and why (almost) every public library and (many) academic libraries need it--and some notes on the virtues of professional editing. Also announcing the availability of Cites & Insights 11 (2011) in book form and offering some numbers for Cites & Insights readership in 2011, some not-very-meaningful notes about most-read posts in Walt at Random (which increasingly seems to be "read" mostly by spiders and spammers), and repeating my Prospectus: An Ongoing Public Library Social Network Scan.

Making it Work: It's Academic (or Not) pp. 7-12

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Cites & Insights special issue now available

A special issue of Cites & Insights is now available for downloading (or reading in your browser) at http://citesandinsights.info/hiatus.pdf

This two-page unnumbered issue consists of one brief essay:
Not With a Bang ... (pp. 1-2)

Going on hiatus.

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Cites & Insights October 2011 available

Cites & Insights 11:9 (October 2011) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info/civ11i9.pdf

The 28-page issue (PDF as usual, with HTML versions of each essay available, either from the C&I home page--which will, incidentally, remind you that contributions or sponsorship are both welcome and might help keep this nonsense going--or from the title links below) includes:

Making it Work: Websites and Social Networks pp. 1-17

Some notes on sampling public library websites (2,406 of them in 25 U.S. states) as part of the research for my 2012 book, a few idle thoughts on public library websites, and a Making it Work roundup and commentary on librarians and social networks.

T&QT Retrospective: Far-Away Services with Strange Sounding Names pp. 17-22

Remember Cuil? Remember Knol? Oddly enough, the latter's still around--but the former may have been a Bigger Deal as a one-week web wonder. Looking back and sideways with a little bemusement.

Offtopic Perspective: 50 Movie Comedy Kings, Part 1 pp. 22-28

Better than the Legends of Horror multipack, with occasional flashes of brilliance (and occasional flashes of stereotyping and schtick).

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Cites & Insights 11:8 (September 2011) available

Cites & Insights 11: 8 (September 2011) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info/civ11i8.pdf
The 32-page issue (PDF as usual, but each essay is available as an HTML separate) includes:
Bibs & Blather (pp. 1-2)

Requests for help if your public library uses Facebook, Twitter or both, and a quick note about another tweak to C&I.

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Cites & Insights August 2011 available

Cites & Insights 11:7 (August 2011) is now available.
The 18-page issue, PDF as usual, includes three sections, each also available in HTML form (and, for two of them, with live links as appropriate):
Bibs & Blather pp. 1-2

The state of the ejournal, such as it is.

Copyright Comments: Talking About the Public Domain pp. 2-10

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Cites & Insights 11:6 available

Cites & Insights 11:6, June/July 2011, is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info/civ11i6.pdf

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Cites & Insights 11:5 (May 2011) available

Cites & Insights 11:5 (May 2011) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info/civ11i5.pdf

The 44-page issue is PDF as usual, and consists of 1.5 essays. Each essay (or portion) is also available as an HTML separate; click on the essay titles. If this seems like an all-ebook issue, that's not intentional.

This issue includes:
Perspective: Writing about Reading (continued) pp. 1-16

This essay completes Perspective: Writing about Reading from the April 2011 C&I, with sections on how ebooks will (if you believe the authors) change reading and writing; "all singing! all dancing"--in which the only future for books is as multimedia extravaganzas; and writing about writing. It's snarkier than the first portion, even though it's been heavily desnarked.

The Zeitgeist: 26 is Not the Issue pp. 16-44

This abecedary goes from Absurd licenses to... Well, no, the topic is the only one truly suitable for the Zeitgeist label at the moment--HarperCollins, pay-per-view in some form, deals with the devil and what you lose when ownership turns to licenses.

If this one seems long, I'll note two things:

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    Cites & Insights April 2011 available

    Cites & Insights 11:4 (April 2011) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info/civ11i4.pdf

    The 32-page issue, PDF but with most essays also available as HTML separates, includes:
    Perspective: Writing about Reading pp. 1-24

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    Cites & Insights March 2011 available

    Cites & Insights 11:3 (March 2011) is now available at http://citesandinsights.info/civ11i3.pdf

    The 32-page issue (PDF, but with HTML separates in the links below) includes:
    Bibs & Blather (p. 1)

    Announcing preorder availability of Open Access: What You Need to Know Now, from ALA Editions.

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    Cites & Insights February 2011 available

    Cites & Insights 11:2 (February 2011) is now available for downloading--at http://citesandinsights.info/civi11i2.pdf (if you're not seeing the link).

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    Cites & Insights January 2011 now available

    Cites & Insights 11:1 (January 2011) is now available for downloading.

    The 32-page issue is a PDF download as usual. HTML separates--or, in one case, PDF separate--are available for most essays; follow the links below.

    This issue includes:
    Bibs & Blather (pp. 1-2)

    Announcing The Liblog Landscape 2007-2010 (and a pre-Midwinter early-bird discount) and Cites & Insights 10 in book form (also with a pre-Midwinter discount).

    Interesting & Peculiar Products (pp. 2-9)

    Sixteen products and eight roundups/Editors' Choices, from USB 3.0 to Windows 7 on an 11-year-old PC.

    The Liblog Landscape 2007-2010: Chapter 3: How, Where and When (pp. 9-18)

    [Note: This link is to a 6x9" PDF.] Six aspects of most or all of the 1,304 liblogs in this massive study: How they're created (blogging software), where they're written (country of origin), how visible they are (Google Page Rank), when they began, how long they've lasted and currency (a timed snapshot of freshness of posts).

    Trends & Quick Takes (pp. 18-24)

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    Cites & Insights January 2011 now available

    Cites & Insights 11:1 (January 2011) is now available for downloading.

    The 32-page issue is a PDF download as usual. HTML separates--or, in one case, PDF separate--are available for most essays; follow the links below.

    This issue includes:
    Bibs & Blather (pp. 1-2)

    Announcing The Liblog Landscape 2007-2010 (and a pre-Midwinter early-bird discount) and Cites & Insights 10 in book form (also with a pre-Midwinter discount).

    Interesting & Peculiar Products (pp. 2-9)

    Sixteen products and eight roundups/Editors' Choices, from USB 3.0 to Windows 7 on an 11-year-old PC.

    The Liblog Landscape 2007-2010: Chapter 3: How, Where and When (pp. 9-18)

    [Note: This link is to a 6x9" PDF.] Six aspects of most or all of the 1,304 liblogs in this massive study: How they're created (blogging software), where they're written (country of origin), how visible they are (Google Page Rank), when they began, how long they've lasted and currency (a timed snapshot of freshness of posts).

    Trends & Quick Takes (pp. 18-24)

    Cites & Insights Volume 10 index available

    The title sheet and indices for Cites & Insights Volume 10 are now available.

    The PDF combines a volume title sheet, two-page index to articles cited, and 13-page general index.

    That completes Volume 10. The paperback version will be announced when it's ready.

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    Cites & Insights December 2010 available

    Cites & Insights 10:12 (December 2010) is now published and available for downloading.

    The 34-page issue is, as always, in PDF form. Five of the six (6! count them, 6) essays are available separately, using the links below. (As always, My Back Pages is exclusively for PDF readers.)

    This is not the end of Volume 10, although it is the last issue as such. A title sheet and indices will follow, probably later in November, and the annual paperback print volume will become available at some point.
    Contents
    Bibs & Blather (pp. 1-2)

    Announcing the publication of disContent: The Complete Collection, a limited-edition casebound. Also updating plans for The Liblog Landscape 2007-2010 and repeating the same info as the paragraph above regarding the rest of Volume 10.

    Perspective: Futurism and Deathwatches (pp. 2-17)

    Thoughts on good and bad futurism and (always-bad?) deathwatches...including the final disContent column, "'Is Dead' Isn't Dead--But Maybe It Should Be."

    The CD-ROM Project (pp. 17-19)

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    Cites & Insights November 2010 available

    Cites & Insights 10:11 (November 2010) is now available for downloading.

    The 24-page issue is PDF as usual, but HTML separates are available for each essay (click on the essay titles). The issue includes:
    Bibs & Blather: Three Times Ten pp. 1-4

    Notes about a tenth anniversary, a readership update...and notes and queries about The Liblog Landscape 2007-2010, the nearly-universal English-language liblog project I'm currently working on.

    The CD-ROM Project: From Print to CD pp. 4-8

    Three different CD-ROMs (and sets) that attempted to add value of some sort to print books or magazines.

    The Zeitgeist: Blogging Groups and Ethics pp. 8-18

    A brouhaha in one blogging group, thinking about groups and blogs...and thinking about ethics and codes.

    Offtopic Perspective: Legends of Horror, Part 1 pp. 18-24

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    On giving up on commenting, or commenting anonymously

    This is only appearing here, not in my real blog, because it's entirely about an aspect of LISNews that I believe has reached FAIL! stage. To wit, commenting.

    I just checked articles with comments over the past couple of days--34 comments in all. Of those, exactly five were clearly signed (three by me, two each by two other people) and two more were pseudonymous. The rest--27, or nearly 80% of the total--were anonymous. (Oops. Now it's 28 of 35, or exactly 80% of the total.)

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    Cites & Insights September/October 2010 Available

    A very special (and very long) Cites & Insights is now available: Volume 10, Issue 10, September/October 2010.

    It's at http://citesandinsights.info/civ10i10.pdf, if you're not seeing the links.

    The 60-page issue (which, at 1.5MB, may take a little longer than usual to download) is PDF-only and consists of one essay:
    But Still They Blog: The Liblog Landscape 2007-2009
    Except for a few paragraphs (most of page 56), this is taken entirely from the book But Still They Blog: The Liblog Landscape 2007-2009, which is still available. Page 56 summarizes what's not in the issue--a few graphs, one column of quite a few tables, a substantial portion of one text-only chapter...and all 521 liblog profiles.

    Pages 57-60 contain an index to liblog names and people's names within the issue--since it came directly from the Word document used for the book, it was easy to create a new index (the book index uses W0rd's internal indexing features), and a group of advisers from that august body, the Library Society of the World, encouraged me to include it.

    Since the issue includes dozens of tables and a fair number of graphs, and since it would be vastly longer in printed-HTML form, no HTML version is provided.

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    August 2010 Cites & Insights available

    Cites & Insights 10:9, August 2010, is now available.
    The 34-page issue (PDF as usual, but HTML versions of each article are available--the article titles are links) includes:
    Perspective: On Social Media and Social Networks pp. 1-10

    I no longer believe "Social Media" names anything real--or at least not anything interesting (except to marketers). That's the "tl;dr" version. I think the longer version is worth reading.

    The CD-ROM Project pp. 10-13

    It's crackers to slip a rozzer the dropsy in snide, which may be all I really need to say about the first of three CD-ROMs reviewed here--in this case, a seven-CD set that works very well.

    Perspective: On Words, Meaning and Context pp. 13-18

    Do you own your words? If people feel free to moonwalk away from what they say, is it possible to have useful discussions?

    Making it Work pp. 18-26

    It's summertime (for most but certainly not all C&I readers), and that seems like a good time to deal with some miscellaneous items--sort of a reversion to the old "The Library Stuff" sections. I discuss a baker's dozen worth of posts and library-related discussions.

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    Cites & Insights article links fixed

    The article links for Cites & Insights 10:8 (in this post and on the C&I site itself) have been fixed and should be working.

    (Actually, the links were fine; I just misnamed the four files.)

    Sorry about that.

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    Cites & Insights 10:8 - just in time for ALA

    Available now: Cites & Insights 10:8, July 2010.
    This 40-page issue (PDF as usual, with most but not all the sections available as HTML separates) has a variety of features to keep you entertained or informed on your long flights to & from ALA--and it's well worth reading even if you're not attending (or live near the District of Columbia).

    What's here:
    The CD-ROM Project...pp. 1-4

    The start of a "digital medium archaeology project"--taking a few dozen of the best title CD-ROMs (that is, CD-ROMs that are extended books and multimedia carriers, not just software) from 1994-2000 and seeing whether they'll work on a contemporary Windows 7 system, whether they still have much to offer, whether they're still available (as is or updated) and, if not, what we've lost--and what's readily available on the web that appears roughly equivalent. For starters, we have two astronomical CDs and two art-related CDs...

    The Zeitgeist: One Facebook to Rule Them All?...pp. 4-22

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