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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?
For the low, low price of $35.00 (plus shipping), you can acquire Cites & Insights 7, 2007 in paperback form, including full-color cover. (Two library-related photos, one from Alaska, one from Hawaii.)
But wait! There's more! The book version of C&I includes an exclusive bonus, not available anywhere else (as far as I know): Cites on a Plane, the phantom 38-page non-issue that was only available for two weeks in January 2007. It's not in the index--but it is in the book.
What's in COAP? Five
moldy golden oldies:
and an interesting example of Microsoft Word's artificial stupidity at work, -- Read More
Cites & Insights 7:13, December 2007, is now available.
This 22-page issue--PDF as usual, but each essay is also available in HTML form, is another All-Perspectives Issue:
In which I write off five decades in library automation with a 1.5-page non-memoir, summarize the start of an ongoing career in another 1.5 pages, and discuss new directions and what they may mean for the near-term future of Cites & Insights.
Various threads on the state of the professional literature of librarianship.
With the help of Charles Lutwidge Dodson, a baker's dozen assorted mini-perspectives on such topics as out of print in a PoD world, disk storage "too cheap to bill," the means of creativity, the benefits of liblogs...and many more.
If you're not 100% with us, you're against us. If you believe that to be true, you should just skip this essay altogether. -- Read More
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.
Cites & Insights 7:11 (October 2007) is now available.
The 30-page issue (PDF as usual, but HTML separates of each essay are
also available) includes:
Cites & Insights 7:10, September 2007, is now available for downloading.
The 26-page issue, PDF as usual with most essays also available in HTML form, includes:
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:
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...
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...
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....
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?
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.
Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large v.7, issue 8 (July 2007) is now available for downloading.
The 26-page issue (PDF as usual, but essays other than My Back Pages are available in HTML form) includes:
Two quick notes: This was all written before ALA Annual (but with some touchup work and copyfitting done this week)--and there's nary a word about my own future plans.
In plenty of time for ALA Annual--but also for those of you not going to DC in a few weeks, Cites on a Plane 2: This Time It's for Keeps is now available for downloading.
This 44-page issue is Cites & Insights 7:7, Mid-June 2007. (The seventh issue of the seventh volume: A lucky issue?)
Like COAP, COAP2 is much larger than a regular issue and is largely composed of old material.
Unlike COAP, COAP2:
Indeed, it's a "conference issue"--all about Conferences & Speaking.
After a brief introduction, the issue includes four sections:
There is an HTML version available from the home page--but please do not print out the HTML version in full, as it will use a lot more paper (58 pages as compared to 44 pages for the PDF, in an informal FireFox print-preview test).
I had planned to repost my Walt at Random post here--the one about my availability for a new position after September 30, 2007.
Blake beat me to it, for which I thank him.
If you're wondering about juicy details about the termination: Don't. There aren't any. I continue to believe OCLC's doing interesting things, and would be happy to be part of those efforts if an appropriate job was available.
Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large v.7 issue 6 (June 2007) is now available for downloading.
The 26-page issue (PDF as usual, but HTML separates for each essay are available from the home page)
Given how much I've heard OpenOffice 2 touted as a much better way to produce good HTML than nasty ol' Microsoft Word, I've included an experiment on the home page:
The hyperlinks are, as usual, to Word 2000 "filtered HTML" files. But there's another set of hyperlinks below, to OpenOffice 2 HTML files generated from the same Word file.
It's not really a fair comparison--after all, Word 2000 is two generations and five years out of date, where OpenOffice 2 is the absolutely newest version as of mid-April--but I'd be interested in the comments of HTML gurus (send 'em to email@example.com) There will probably be a Walt at Random post later...
Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large 7:5 (May 2007) is now available for downloading.
The 26-page issue is PDF as usual, but you can get HTML separates of most essays from the home page.
NOTE: If you have any websites with links to the old C&I site, please change them. That site will disappear fairly soon.
This issue includes:
And don't forget to visit Cites & Insights Books to buy Balanced Libraries: Thoughts on Continuity and Change.
A little Friday grump here rather than on my main blog...
I've been seeing various posts (and a really pointless video) about Shutdown Day, which is tomorrow.
I use my PC at home for about an hour a day most days. Sometimes less. More on some weekend days. Some days not at all. When I travel--on business or pleasure--I do so without PC, notebook, PDA, smart phone...
Can I do without the PC for a full Saturday? Sure. Since I've just published a book and an issue of C&I, it would be easy.
Will I? Probably not. I don't see any plausible motive to leave the PC off all day. There's nothing on the "movement's" webpage that suggests any social good to doing without computers for a day. Other things take precedence over PC tasks on weekends anyway. Always have unless I'm actually on deadline (which I try to avoid at home).
Here's an idea: Do without electric lights for 24 hours. I've done that, the day of the '89 earthquake if no other. Or let's make it easy: Do without power tools for 24 hours. Do without, oh, I don't know, adjectives for 24 hours. (That might be tough.)
I do see the point behind the annual TV "boycott" move--but, even though we don't watch much TV, I've never participated. PCs? They can be time-wasters, but that's not inherent. Heck, reading mediocre books could be considered time-wasting, and I haven't heard about any "Don't read mediocrity for 24 hours" movements.
PCs are tools (or toolkits). I don't see a "put away your screwdrivers for 24 hours" movement. So I don't see much point in this one either. You can count me out.
Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large volume 7, issue 4 (April 2007) is now available for downloading.
This 24-page issue (PDF as usual, but the essays are available as HTML separates) features the first Cites & Insights book: Balanced Libraries: Thoughts on Continuity and Change.
While I did read this in a blog entry that purported to be a report of a keynote, I'm stating up front that this must be a mistake or a strawman.
Or maybe just a joke that was taken seriously.
Supposedly, someone said that every library should employ a developer.
Every library. Consider the size and staffing of, oh, every small and rural library in America, a few thousand of them.
I won't name the person who supposedly said this because it's so unbelievable.
Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large, volume 7, issue 3, March 2007, is now available for downloading.
The 24-page issue, PDF as always, but HTML separates of some, not all, essays are available from the home page includes:
Update: As of now, the problem seems to be solved, thanks to a combination of Blake's work, Bloglines "resetting the feed," and maybe my attempts to feed everything through Feedburner.
If you have problems, I'd suggest unsubscribing and resubscribing from the top option in the browser address-bar icon (in Firefox2 or IE7), which should definitely pick up the Feedburner feed.
And I now seem to have >400 subscribers. Hmm...
In case you're a Walt at Random reader and wonder whether I've given up blogging, the answer is no.
I wrote a post on Saturday, another on Tuesday, one on Wednesday, and a special test post today. I also updated an old post twice during that time.
If you use Bloglines, you may or may not have seen any of these. I certainly haven't seen the Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or updated posts.
The Bloglines forum shows I'm not the only one. Bloglines definitely knows there's a problem--at least with WordPress blogs, maybe with others. They say they're fixing it. I'm not sure.
For W.a.R., the problem's been going on for months, but it's getting worse. Bloglines hasn't visited my primary feeds since Sunday. I'm not ready to give it up, but I'm not thrilled either.
Update 3/27: I was running Google Reader and Bloglines in parallel while this problem was being worked on. I'll admit to being peculiar, but I found that I still liked Bloglines better. Now that the problem appears solved, I've unsubbed all my Google Reader feeds...for now, at least.
Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large volume 7, issue 2 (February 2007) is now available for downloading.
The 22-page issue (PDF as always, but each section is also available as an HTML separate from the C&I home page) includes:
I'm putting this here because it feels a little too grumpy for Walt at Random...
Early last year, I was coaxed into doing an article for Google's fledgling Librarians Newsletter. No pay but presumably lots of publicity and all the resulting wonderful things that would come from being associated with Google.
The article was a little tricky. I had some issues with how Google was handling Google Book Search at the time, and included those issues in what was otherwise a favorable piece. The folks at Google didn't use the article right away. They suggested using it in some other arena; I suggested taking it back and using it as I saw fit. Eventually--several months later--they did use it, and added a comment noting that they were fixing some of the issues I'd raised (which they did).
OK, fine. I got some nice comments about the article. I have no particular indication that there were any other direct or indirect positive results. The piece came out right around the same time as the OCLC-RLG merger, a time of some considerable personal uncertainty (which continues), so maybe I missed them.
More recently, Google gave up on the Newsletter (as far as I can tell) and started a blog (instead?).
The blog has a sidebar with blogs that Google recommends.
It's an interesting list, both for its inclusions and its omissions.
In the future, I will be more mindful about contributing free writing to a commercial organization.
If you've been reading Cites & Insights all along (or at least for the last 18 months), and if you have no curiosity about the miracle of Word XP's AutoSummarize, you can delete this message.
If not--well, as promised, there is not a Midwinter 2007 issue of Cites & Insights. (The next issue should come out shortly after ALA Midwinter, around January 24-26. I'd like to keep to 12 issues this year...)
But there is a phantom edition, designed for those who've told me they read C&I on the plane to Midwinter or Annual.
Cites on a Plane 2007 is available for downloading
HTML separates are not available, because there's nothing new here.
The 38-page thing--it's not an issue--will disappear on or about January 23. So far, I haven't figured out how to make printed copies do a Mission:Impossible, but...
Other than three introductory paragraphs under the heading "This Issue Does Not Exist," and a single line above each section saying where it originally appeared, there is no new material in this thing.
There's also no table of contents--after all, it's not an issue.
If you've read all the stuff, but you are interested in how Word AutoSummary handles a long, complicated pair of texts, you could just print out pages 32-38, "Library 2.0 for Short Attention Spans"--an unmodified 10% AutoSummary of "Library 2.0 and 'Library 2.0'" and "Finding a Balance: Libraries and Librarians."
The rest of the issue is essays from the last 18 months that appear to have had relatively low readership, but no more than one essay from any given issue.
A caution about that final section: Word clearly favors the first paragraph under headings, which means that lots of paragraphs aren't indented. It also appears to favor standalone paragraphs--most of the one-sentence quotes appear. Otherwise--well, I swear I didn't change the results at all. Maybe you can come to conclusions about how AutoSummary works.
Cites & Insights vol. 7, number 1 (January 2007) is now available for downloading.
The 26-page issue (PDF as usual, but most essays are also available as HTML separates from the home page) includes: