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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.

Cites & Insights 7:4 available

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.

Essays include:

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.


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

Cites & Insights 7:3 available

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:

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...

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Cites & Insights 7:2 (February 2007) available

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:

Giving it away: Lesson learned

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.

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.

Cites & Insights 7:1 (January 2007) available

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:

Cites & Insights:Feedback requested

I've posted questions on four aspects of Cites & Insights on my weblog, Walt at Random, asking for feedback from readers.

You'll find posts on the four areas here: PC Progress, Censorware, Library Access to Scholarship, and Interesting & Peculiar Products.

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.

Cites & Insights 2006 index available

The title sheet and indexes for Cites & Insights volume 6, 2006 are now available.

This PDF-only document (title sheet and 20 pages of indexes) completes volume 6.

Cites & Insights 6:14 available

Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large 6:14 (December 2006) is now available for downloading.

This 28-page issue, PDF as usual (but each essay is available as an HTML separate from the home page includes:

Great post titles, and I do say so myself

I proudly point you to today's coffee-break post, with what's probably the best blog post title I'll ever create.

Too bad I didn't create it. Google language tools are to thank for this masterpiece.

Cites & Insights 6:13 available

Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large 6:13 (November 2006) is now available for downloading.

The 26-page issue (PDF as always, but major essays are also available as HTML separates from the home page)

Cites & Insights 6:12 available

Cites & Insights 6:12, October 2006, is now available for downloading.

The 26-page issue (PDF as usual, but you can download HTML separates), which seems to have mostly long essays with long titles, includes:

Cites & Insights 6:11 available

Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large 6:11 (September 2006) is now available for downloading.

The 22-page issue (PDF as usual, but most essays are also available as HTML separates from the home page) includes:

Cites & Insights 6:10 available

Cites & Insights 6:10, August 2006 is now available for downloading--from citesandinsights.info, not cites.boisestate.edu.

The 30-page issue consists almost entirely of one big essay:

* Perspective: Looking at Liblogs: The Great Middle - a look at 213 library-person weblogs.

There's also one little piece:

* Bibs & Blather - three brief items.

Cites & Insights 6:10 postponed

The special "design and typography" issue of Cites & Insights for August 2006 has been cancelled on account of heat (and other reasons). (If you want more details, check Walt at Random after 5:30 p.m. PST today.)

My expectation had been that most people could and would skip this mini-issue. Now you (we!) all will.

Cites & Insights has moved

Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large has moved to


or, if you want to save a little typing,


All issues and essays are now available at the new site (which is a LISHost.org site, as you might guess).


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