Submitted by Walt on September 23, 2010 - 3:51pm
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.)
Submitted by Walt on August 18, 2010 - 7:44pm
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.
Submitted by Walt on July 10, 2010 - 6:38pm
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.
Submitted by Walt on June 9, 2010 - 4:31pm
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.
Submitted by Walt on June 9, 2010 - 10:30am
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).
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
Submitted by Walt on May 13, 2010 - 1:25pm
Cites & Insights 10:7 (June 2010) is now available.
The 34-page issue is, as usual, PDF; each essay is also available as an HTML separate
(just click on the links, or use the highly sophisticated notational scheme, http://citesandinsights.info/vNiMx.htm, where N is the volume (10), M is the issue (7), and x is a lower-case letter indicating the article, starting with a, then b, then c...)
Bibs & Blather...pp. 1-3
Announcing the new book Open Access and Libraries: Essays from Cites & Insights, 2001-2009, a 519-page 6x9 book combining all OA-related essays from C&I--free as a PDF, minimally priced ($17.50) as a trade paperback. Also a note on ALA and my rehearsals for [semi-?]retirement.
The Zeitgeist: There is No Future...pp. 3-19
You could think of this as a Making it Work Perspective on library futures, if you prefer--focusing on exclusionary vs. inclusionary thinking (OR vs. AND), The Future vs. many futures...and more.
Feedback and Following Up...pp. 19-20
Finally (and probably having missed some feedback), a little feedback--three items in all.
Submitted by Walt on April 18, 2010 - 3:10pm
Submitted by Walt on March 25, 2010 - 9:18pm
Cites & Insights 10:5, Spring 2010, is now available.
This issue and the May and June issues (at least) are sponsored by the Library Society of the World. Don't assume that LSW members agree with what's being said--and please do check the masthead on page 30.
The 30-page issue (PDF as usual, but both essays are available as HTML separates) contains two features:
Bibs & Blather pp. 1-4
Submitted by Walt on March 4, 2010 - 5:08pm
Cites & Insights 10:4 (April 2010) is now available at http://citesandinsights.info/civ10i4.pdf
The 30-page issue is a PDF print-over-the-web publication, as usual, although three of the four essays are also available in HTML form (the article titles are links). As always, My Back Pages is a PDF-only bonus.
This issue includes:
Perspective: On Disconnecting and Reconnecting (pp. 1-9)
Can you turn off all your "connecting" devices for an hour, a day, a week? Should you? A number of librarians and others discuss the virtues of disconnecting from virtual life once in a while--and maybe reconnecting with ourselves, nature and our real-world friends.
Trends & Quick Takes (pp. 9-16)
The good old days that never were, blaming the user for bad survey design, the difference between production tools and creative talent, checklists for writing and publishing--and ten quicker takes on an even wider range of topics.
Making it Work: Thinking about Blogging 5: Closing the Loop
The close of this four-part series (there was no Thinking about Blogging 3), on how we should blog--and notes on some impressive blog research, miscellaneous issues, and a brief threnody on a dead blog.
My Back Pages
Submitted by Walt on February 9, 2010 - 5:50pm
Submitted by Walt on January 19, 2010 - 7:06pm
Cites & Insights 10:2 (February 2010) is now available.
The 32-page issue (PDF as usual, with individual articles available in HTML, using the links below) includes:
T&QT Perspective: Trends & Forecasts (pp. 1-16)
A heaping helping of trends, forecasts, ghosts of trends past--and deathspotting. (No, this roundup does not include the Midwinter LITA Top Tech Trends--or any other trendiness actually appearing in 2010. Maybe later.)
Submitted by Walt on January 5, 2010 - 8:19pm
That's right--here's another non-issue for your reading pleasure to and from Midwinter, with (almost) no new material:
Cites ON a Plane 2010
Stuff That Originally Appeared in Cites & Insights - 50 pages
Note: The links in the bullets are to the original essays, all of which appeared in 2007 and 2008. The essays in Cites ON a Plane 2010 (PDF as usual) have had URLs removed and in some cases been trimmed slightly to make them fit.
Caveats and New Material
Submitted by Walt on December 16, 2009 - 3:30pm
Cites & Insights 10:1 (January 2010) is now available.
The 30-page issue (PDF as usual, with HTML versions of the first three articles also available) includes:
Bibs & Blather (pages 1-6)
Announcing But Still They Blog: The Liblog Landscape 2007-2009, at a special earlybird price; also announcing the trade paperback version of Cites & Insights 9: 2009--and reduced prices on all Cites & Insights Books. Finally, some words about supporting Cites & Insights, which currently lacks sponsorship.
Making it Work Perspective: Thinking about Blogging 4: Declines and Ends (pages 6-22)
Quotes and comments about blogging in decline, how individual blogs change--and the process of pausing or ending a blog.
Interesting & Peculiar Products (pages 22-25)
Five items and four group reviews.
My Back Pages (pages 25-30)
As always, a PDF-only bonus section--this time including notes on Apple apologists, buying friends by the thousands, disappearing technologies, the eternal stereo silly season and Wired's equally eternal silliness--and the typographic change you'll see if you read C&I as a PDF.
Submitted by Walt on November 8, 2009 - 5:33pm
The indexes and title sheet for Cites & Insights volume 9 (2009) is now available.
The 16-page PDF consists of a title sheet, a three-page index of articles and blog posts quoted, and an 11-page general index.
This completes Volume 9.
Submitted by Walt on November 3, 2009 - 9:07pm
Cites & Insights 9:13 (December 2009) is now available.
The 32-page issue (PDF as usual, but HTML separates are available--see the links below, and also the caveat about the second item) includes:
Bibs & Blather
It's the end of a volume (except for the index, later in November) and the end of an era--YBP's five-year sponsorship. I'm looking for a new sponsor. Also, But Still They Blog: The Liblog Landscape 2007-2009 should be out some time this year...
Making it Work: Purpose, Values and All That Jazz
Commentaries on library values and purpose, including some upbeat commentaries. What's not here: any commentaries on Taiga, Darien or 101. Caveat: The HTML version is provided for online reading--but if you print it out, it will almost certainly be longer than the PDF of the entire issue. Save paper: If you want this printed, do the whole issue.
Offtopic Perspective: 50 Movie Comedy Classics, Part 2
From "comedy in the classical sense" (that is, most characters survive throughout the film) to little-known but quite funny British films and two versions of a Ben Hecht play, with different genders playing the same lead.
Submitted by Walt on October 3, 2009 - 6:41pm
Yes, I know it's pretty early in October for the November issue--but it's ready, and I wanted to stay well out of the way of Open Access Week, so...
Cites & Insights 9:12 (November 2009) is now available
This 34-page issue (PDF as usual, but an HTML version is available if you plan to read it online) consists of one essay:
Library Access to Scholarship
Submitted by Walt on September 14, 2009 - 2:01pm
Cites & Insights 9:11 (October 2009) is now available.
The 30-page issue is, as usual, PDF, with HTML separates available for most of the essays. The issue includes:
Bibs & Blather
Sponsorship still needed, status reports on Cites & Insights Books (one book gone, one going soon...and a new project underway), and one more chance (11 days) to help me decide whether to keep Library Access to Scholarship.
Submitted by Walt on August 7, 2009 - 7:32pm
Cites & Insights 9:10 (September 2009) is now available.
This 28-page issue includes the results of two followup "research" projects and a certain amount of summer silliness. The issue is PDF. While three of the four essays are available in HTML form (as links from the essay titles below), I really don't recommend viewing either of the research projects that way--they're heavy on tables, and it's fair to say that Word's HTML converter was overzealous in its preparation of tables: They may or may not look very good, and they result in quarter-megabyte downloads. The PDF version is much easier to read...
Here's what's in the issue--and yes, some of the "regular" features may return soon:
Perspective: Public Library Blogs: A Limited Update
I looked at May 2009 posts and comments, and the most recent post prior to May 31, 2009, for all of the public library blogs in the book Public Library Blogs: 252 Examples (based on blog activity March-May 2007). This update considers currency, frequency, comments and conversational intensity and how those have changed from 2007 to 2009--and includes brief notes on pioneer blogs and some of the blogs I found particularly intriguing. (The HTML is large and may not look all that great.) With this update, my work on these blogs is complete--and the spreadsheet's yours for the taking, if you're so inclined.
Submitted by Walt on July 5, 2009 - 5:45pm
Cites & Insights 9:9 (August 2009) is now available--just in time for the 2009 ALA Annual Conference. That's not a coincidence, to be sure; although the issue may not be directly relevant to the conference, if I didn't publish it now, it wouldn't be out until at least July 19.
This one's 32 pages, PDF as usual, but those who detest PDF or otherwise really need HTML can download the three articles separately.
The issue includes:
Perspective: Writing about Reading 3
The theme for this installment: Rethinking books and rethinking reading. Which means most of the long essay is about ebooks and ebook devices. (How long? A little more than half the issue, that's how long.)
Offtopic Perspective: 50 Movie Comedy Classics, Part 1
What's funny is generally in the eye of the beholder, although I suppose there may be objective criteria for labeling a flick a comedy. Watching the many early shorts and early movies in this first half of a 12-DVD collection was sometimes hilarious, frequently a little painful. (If I never see another East Side Kids "comedy" that will be just fine with me.) There's some gold here--and some dross as well.
Making it Work: Library 2.0 Revisited
Submitted by Walt on June 9, 2009 - 6:20pm