Submitted by Walt on November 21, 2008 - 7:12pm
The Liblog Landscape 2007-2008: A Lateral Look is now available!
This 285-page 6x9 trade paperback looks at 607 liblogs (nearly all English-language) and, for most of them, how they've changed from 2007 to 2008.
Eleven chapters consider the universe of liblogs (that is, blogs by "library people" as opposed to blogs from libraries):
- Age, authorship, country of origin
- Number of posts during a three-month period (and change in that number from 2007 to 2008)
- Total word count and average post length (and change)
- Total comments and comments per post (and change)
- Total figures (illustrations) and figures per post (and change)
- Patterns of change from 2007 to 2008
- Correlations between pairs of metrics
- A look at 143 blogs from 2006 through 2008
- Interesting subgroups (national, authorship, type of librarian)
- The visibility issue
- Liblogs and the larger blogosphere
The final chapter, just over half the book, provides a brief objective description and available metrics for each blog. The book includes many tables and a fair number of graphs. There is an index of blogs and authors.
Submitted by Walt on November 19, 2008 - 4:36pm
The Title Page and Indexes for Cites & Insights Volume 8 (2008) is now available.
The 16-page PDF consists of a title sheet for the volume (both sides) and a 14-page set of indexes (one index covering articles and songs cited, the other covering books, blogs, topics, authors, etc.)
No HTML version is available, since the indexes specifically refer to page numbers that would be irrelevant in HTML essays.
That completes Volume 8, if you're looking to bind it.
Submitted by Walt on November 16, 2008 - 5:15pm
It's only taken eight years for C&I to actually appear monthly--that is, for a volume to have only a dozen issues.
Cites & Insights 8:12 (December 2008) is now available for downloading.
The 22-page issue is PDF as usual (a nice compact PDF, as are all the other 2008 issues now that I've regenerated them with Acrobat 9), but you can also get HTML versions of most essays. (Most headings below are live links.)
Bibs & Blather
Advance notice of a special offer: The Liblog Landscape 2007-2008 will be available soon (late November or early December if all goes well), and will have an early-bird special price of $22.50 until January 15, 2009--at which point it will go to $35.00. (If there's an Amazon version, that will start out at $35.) The book will be announced on Walt at Random as soon as it's ready.
Also: News about disappearing books, notes on potential sponsorship for future research, and this warning: If you're one of the dozens (I can dream) of institutions that binds C&I, hold off--the title sheet and index will be ready in another week or two. (There will probably also be a paperback version of the whole volume.)
Perspective: Writing about Reading
The heart of the issue. An extended essay on NEA's latest sky-is-falling report--and on "stupidity and Google."
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Cites & Insights 8:10, October 2008, is now available.
The 28-page issue is PDF as usual, although HTML versions of each essay are also available from the Cites & Insights homepage or via the links below.
This issue includes five essays:
Trends & Quick Takes
Improving patents, the future of the internet, why I give Pew such a bad tome, the HD watch, the purloined bibliography and invisible gifts, plus five quicker takes.
Interesting & Peculiar Products
Six of them--including a hockey-puck home theater PC and a digital projector that throws a 98"-diagonal image from 15 inches away--and six Editors' Picks and Group Reviews
Net Media/Making it Work: Blogging about Liblogging
A range of posts and commentary about liblogs and library blogs, some up to a year old, all worth noting.
Offtopic Perspective: 50 Movie Western Classics, Part 2
From the sublime (The Outlaw) to the ridiculous (Gone with the West), with spaghetti westerns, singing cowboys and much more in between--including Bill Shatner playing an arrogant, sexist, tinhorn ruler who doesn't happen to be on a starship but is instead a half-Comanche bad guy (White Comanche)--and Shatner also plays his sort-of-good-guy twin. I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried.
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Submitted by Walt on July 18, 2008 - 5:19pm
Cites & Insights 8:8, August 2008, is now available. The whole issue is PDF, but individual essays are available in HTML from the C&I home page or the article links below.
The 28-page issue includes:
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Submitted by Walt on April 21, 2008 - 7:00pm
Cites & Insights 8:5, May 2008, is now available for downloading.
This 28-page issue (PDF as usual, but each essay is also available in HTML form) includes:
Submitted by Walt on March 20, 2008 - 6:34pm
Cites & Insights 8:4, April 2008, is now available for downloading.
The 28-page issue is PDF as usual (or not as usual--I'm now using Word 2007 and Microsoft's free PDF-output download), but HTML separates are available from the C&I homepage
The issue includes:
Submitted by Walt on February 15, 2008 - 9:23pm
Cites & Insights 8:3 (March 2008) is now available.
This is the centenary issue--#100--a nice round number that I'm a little
surprised to have achieved. Naturally, that milestone affects the issue--but not as you might expect.
The issue's long--36 pages--and PDF as usual, although all but the last section (My Back Pages, always exclusively PDF) are also available in HTML form from the home page.
This issue includes:
Submitted by Walt on January 23, 2008 - 5:32pm
Cites & Insights 8:2 (February 2008) is now available.
The 24-page issue (PDF as always, but all articles are also available as HTML separates) includes:
- Announcing Academic Library Blogs: 231 Examples - The latest from Cites & Insights Books, a $29.50 289-page paperback that complements Public Library Blogs: 252 Examples. Included are brief notes, the list of academic institutions represented, examples of blog coverage for both books, the announcement of $20 PDF downloads for those who just can't stand print books--and a few notes on the status of Cites & Insights Books.
- Trends & Quick Takes: Trends and Forecasts - Time to look at some pundits' scorecards and forecasts, along with some of the trends from the LITA Top Tech Trendspotters, with some of my comments interleaved.
- Bibs & Blather: Midwinter Musings - Notes on a much warmer Philadelphia Midwinter, along with a special essay based on an odd but not unique occurrence: "Leadership and Initiative: The Case of the Empty Chairs."
Submitted by Walt on January 1, 2008 - 1:32pm
For perhaps the first time, the January issue that begins a new volume of Cites & Insights is available in...January.
Cites & Insights 8:1 (January 2008) is now available for downloading
The 30-page issue (PDF as always, but HTML separates for each essay are also available) includes:
Cites & Insights Books at Lulu.com (http://lulu.com/waltcrawford/) now offers these volumes in paperback form, $29.50 each, with a bonus in each case (and full-color cover photos). The bonus for Volume 7 is Cites on a Plane, the phantom issue from January 2007. For Volume 6, it's a brief preface including "where are they now?" notes on liblogs studied in 2005 and 2006 that have either moved, changed names or apparently gone silent.
Some thoughts after a few weeks working on the PALINET Leadership Network, including my current take on "Who's a leader?"
Submitted by Walt on November 26, 2007 - 9:08pm
The Index to Volume 7 of Cites & Insights is now available for downloading. This 19-page document combines a title sheet and 17-page indexes, for those wishing to prepare a bound volume.
On the other hand, why bother?
Submitted by Walt on November 20, 2007 - 5:47pm
Submitted by Walt on October 17, 2007 - 11:29pm
Cites & Insights 7:12, November 2007, is now available for downloading.
The 28-page issue is PDF as usual (HTML versions of most essays are available at the home page). It includes:
Thanks! - A note about my new position as Director and Managing Editor of the PALINET Leadership Network (and why there was no liblog extravaganza this year).
A tiny section correcting two name problems and listing the publishers who've disowned PRISM.
"Sometimes They're Guilty," a review of and commentary on the first RIAA suit to go to jury trial.
Nine trends (including a librarian winner of the Ig Nobel for Literature--and no, the article isn't at all a joke) and eight quicker takes.
The biggest chunk of this issue--ten thousand words considering general blogging issues and library-specific blogging issues from October 2006 until recently.
Six products (including a variety of views on a certain high-profile Apple product that appears to excel at everything except its supposed primary function) and a dozen Editors' Choices and other winners.
Six snarky little essays. As always, this one's only available as part of the whole issue.
I've revised the Word template for the HTML essays to be a little more "printlike." If you find that it doesn't work for you, let me know: I might change it back. If you don't notice a difference, that's OK too.
Submitted by Walt on September 18, 2007 - 11:21pm
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Submitted by Walt on July 22, 2007 - 6:45pm
Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large 7:9 (August 2007) is now available for downloading.
It's an odd issue: Four somewhat overlapping Perspectives and an Offtopic Perspective.
The 26-page issue (PDF as usual, but each Perspective is available as an html separate from the homepage) includes:
- Perspective: On the Literature
I believe that gray literature--blogs, this ejournal, a few similar publications and some lists--represents the most compelling and worthwhile literature in the library field today...
- Perspective: On Authority, Worth and Linkbaiting
Yes, it's the dreaded Britannica Blog essay. Yes, I'm late to the game. No, this is not primarily about Michael Gorman, although his blogging (his blogging!) plays a crucial role in the discussion. There will be no fisking here, tempting though it might beâ€”either of Gorman's posts or of some over-the-top responses...
- Perspective: On Disagreement and Discussion
Are librarians willing to disagree with one another?
What a silly question. Of course we are (I'm counting myself as a librarian for this discussion). Consider some disagreements I've chronicled and taken part in here and in my blog, just for starters....
- Perspective: On Ethics and Transparency
How much do you need to know about who I am and how I deal with issues, people and organizations that might relate to my writing? What do you need to know about my ethical standards? How much disclosure assures adequate transparency?
- Offtopic Perspective: 50-Movie Classic Musicals, Part 2 - including Rhythm and Blues Review, Till the Clouds Roll By, All-American Co-Ed, Hi-De-Ho (an hour of Cab Calloway: how can you go wrong?), Royal Wedding...and a whole bunch more.
Not included in this issue: Perspective: On Clever Names for Perspectives. And the Bibs & Blather has appeared instead as an absurdly long post at Walt at Random.