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Letters to the Editor; Responses To Potential Changes to the NYPL

New York Times: A Reimagined Library, Are the Changes Good? in response to previous NYTimes articles.

To the Editor:

Like innumerable writers and researchers over the years, I have experienced the joy (many times) of entering the New York Public Library with a near-hopeless citation in hand only to find the very material I was looking for in just minutes. It is a euphoric moment to which many writers can attest, and it has enriched the quality and content of books beyond counting.

That which gets put off to tomorrow rarely gets done, yet the library administration, under its new plan, would move a huge chunk of its research collection off site, ostensibly available some other day, when a researcher makes a request. The splendor of the library is not only the vastness of its collection but also the immediacy of it.

If there remain any wonders of the world, the New York Public Library is one of them. Please don’t change it.

New York, April 16, 2012

The writer is vice president and editor in chief at Tarcher/Penguin.

To the Editor:

There’s a comfort level in keeping the status quo, yet the 21st century offers us so many new ways of doing research. Without looking at possibilities for the future, we deny ourselves those opportunities.

Time For Science To Overcome Fears And Kill Subscription Journals

You are Elsevier: time to overcome our fears and kill subscription journals
"Thus, people joining in the new boycott have no excuses not to follow through. There are plenty of viable OA options and it is simply unacceptable for any scientist who decries Elsevier’s actions and believes that the subscription based model is no longer serving science to send a single additional paper to journals that do not provide full OA to every paper they publish. So, come on people! If we do this now, paywalls will crumble, and we all be better off. So, come on! Let’s do it!"

TIME Magazine's U.S. Edition

TIME Magazine's American issues feature soft cover stories, while their international issues offer hard-hitting world news.

Cites & Insights 12:1 (January-February 2012) available

I won't say Cites & Insights is really back from hiatus, but for now let's say "irregularly published."

Cites & Insights Volume 12, Issue 1 (January-February 2012) is now available for downloading at

The 20-page issue, PDF as usual, contains three sections, each separately available in HTML form (the subheadings are links):
Bibs & Blather pp. 1-7

Announcing The Librarian's Guide to Micropublishing and why (almost) every public library and (many) academic libraries need it--and some notes on the virtues of professional editing. Also announcing the availability of Cites & Insights 11 (2011) in book form and offering some numbers for Cites & Insights readership in 2011, some not-very-meaningful notes about most-read posts in Walt at Random (which increasingly seems to be "read" mostly by spiders and spammers), and repeating my Prospectus: An Ongoing Public Library Social Network Scan.

Making it Work: It's Academic (or Not) pp. 7-12

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Beall's List of Predatory, Open-Access Publishers, 2012 edition.

I've just published the 2012 edition of Beall's List of Predatory, Open-Access Publishers. It's available on my blog and in a PDF version. [HTML version]'s%20List%20of%20Predatory,%20Open-Access%20Publishers%202012.pdf [PDF Version] Jeffrey Beall, Metadata Librarian / Assistant Professor Auraria Library University of Colorado Denver 1100 Lawrence St. Denver, Colo. 80204 USA (303) 556-5936 [email protected]

Cites & Insights special issue now available

A special issue of Cites & Insights is now available for downloading (or reading in your browser) at

This two-page unnumbered issue consists of one brief essay:
Not With a Bang ... (pp. 1-2)

Going on hiatus.

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SLJ & Library Journal Parent Company Acqired by Private Equity Company

Via Mediabistro's GalleyCat:

The private equity firm RLJ Equity Partners has acquired Media Source, Inc. (MSI), the company that owns School Library Journal, Library Journal, Junior Library Guild and The Horn Book.

RLJ founder Robert L. Johnson had this comment in the release: “We believe MSI is a very important company in terms of its contributions to improving library systems and public school systems … We are pleased to own a company that is a trusted resource for librarians and school systems across the country and look forward to expanding in metropolitan markets domestically and internationally.”

Experts question rankings of journals

Experts question rankings of journals
Peer review may be a good way to assess research papers, but it can fall short in ranking the journals themselves. That's the reaction of some metrics experts to the first such journal rankings, launched this week by the Faculty of 1000 (F1000) in London. Critics question the method, which relies on scores awarded to individual papers by the F1000 'faculty' of 10,000 scientists and clinicians. Such scores, they claim, could be skewed by the interests and enthusiasms of individual reviewers.

Cites & Insights October 2011 available

Cites & Insights 11:9 (October 2011) is now available for downloading at

The 28-page issue (PDF as usual, with HTML versions of each essay available, either from the C&I home page--which will, incidentally, remind you that contributions or sponsorship are both welcome and might help keep this nonsense going--or from the title links below) includes:

Making it Work: Websites and Social Networks pp. 1-17

Some notes on sampling public library websites (2,406 of them in 25 U.S. states) as part of the research for my 2012 book, a few idle thoughts on public library websites, and a Making it Work roundup and commentary on librarians and social networks.

T&QT Retrospective: Far-Away Services with Strange Sounding Names pp. 17-22

Remember Cuil? Remember Knol? Oddly enough, the latter's still around--but the former may have been a Bigger Deal as a one-week web wonder. Looking back and sideways with a little bemusement.

Offtopic Perspective: 50 Movie Comedy Kings, Part 1 pp. 22-28

Better than the Legends of Horror multipack, with occasional flashes of brilliance (and occasional flashes of stereotyping and schtick).

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Annoyed Strikes Again

Love her? Hate her? Had it up to there with the AL?

Library Journal editorial (from a forthcoming edition) on The Annoyed Librarian.


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