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Cites on a Plane 2: This Time It's for Keeps

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:

Post-ALA, post-OCLC: putting it here as well

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.

Shutdown why?

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.

Friday Funny

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.

Bwahahah...

I won't name the person who supposedly said this because it's so unbelievable.

Bloglines may not be broken but it's bent.

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...

Original post

Cites on a Plane!

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.

  • From C&I 5:9 - Perspective: Predicting the Future of Academic Libraries
  • From C&I 5:12 - Net Media Perspective: Analogies, Gatekeepers and Blogging
  • From C&I 6:7 - Perspective: You Just Can't Understand
  • From C&I 6:11 - Trends & Quick Takes
  • From C&I 6:5 - The 40 original "facets" from the full-issue smorgasbord. (OK, 39 original and one from Walt at Random.)
  • And "Library 2.0 for Short Attention Spans."

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.

I'm not Walter -- and a pointer

In case anyone might get confused: Walt [Crawford] and Walter [Skold, I assume] are not the same person, are not related, do not share political views...

When I comment on blogs, I now normally sign either "Waltc" or "Walt Crawford" to avoid confusion--and I never use my full birth name (that is, with the "er") in any professional activities.

I would note that, to the best of my knowledge, Walter [Skold?] has no intention of confusing anyone as to who's who.

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