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August 2010 Cites & Insights available

Cites & Insights 10:9, August 2010, is now available.
The 34-page issue (PDF as usual, but HTML versions of each article are available--the article titles are links) includes:
Perspective: On Social Media and Social Networks pp. 1-10

I no longer believe "Social Media" names anything real--or at least not anything interesting (except to marketers). That's the "tl;dr" version. I think the longer version is worth reading.

The CD-ROM Project pp. 10-13

It's crackers to slip a rozzer the dropsy in snide, which may be all I really need to say about the first of three CD-ROMs reviewed here--in this case, a seven-CD set that works very well.

Perspective: On Words, Meaning and Context pp. 13-18

Do you own your words? If people feel free to moonwalk away from what they say, is it possible to have useful discussions?

Making it Work pp. 18-26

It's summertime (for most but certainly not all C&I readers), and that seems like a good time to deal with some miscellaneous items--sort of a reversion to the old "The Library Stuff" sections. I discuss a baker's dozen worth of posts and library-related discussions.

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Journal liberation: A primer

Journal liberation: A primer

Given that Nature is one of the most prestigious academic journals now publishing, one that has both groundbreaking current articles and a rich history of older articles, these are strong words. But dropping subscriptions to journals like Nature might not be as as much of a hardship for readers as it once might have been. Increasingly, it’s possible to liberate the research content of academic journals, both new and old, for the world. And, as I’ll explain below, now may be an especially opportune time to do that.

Response from the UC to the Public statement from Nature Publishing Group

Response from the UC to the Public statement from Nature Publishing Group [PDF]

We find this to be an implausible explanation given the remarkably large sums of money others and we already pay to NPG every year. The notion that other institutions are subsidizing “our discount” is nonsensical. If anything, other institutions are simply paying too much.

Cites & Insights article links fixed

The article links for Cites & Insights 10:8 (in this post and on the C&I site itself) have been fixed and should be working.

(Actually, the links were fine; I just misnamed the four files.)

Sorry about that.

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LJ Asks Readers to Pardon Their Dust

We at LJ recognize that our new website is not yet fully functional nor is all of our content available. Over the past several weeks, under our new ownership, we have been migrating to a new website and new content tools (as well as moving to our new offices in lower Manhattan...Library Journal, 160 Varick Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10013, Tel: 646-380-0700, Fax: 646-380-0756, General: [email protected]).

Not all of our archives have been moved yet, our newsletters have experienced delays, and our registration has been wonky.

We're optimistic that better functionality is on the way, and full content will return, but we ask your patience as we work through the problems.

As members of the library community, we take web presentation seriously, and we expect that our website will ultimately be an improvement over its predecessor. For example, we're using WordPress to host our blogs, and revamping our talkback platform to make it easier for readers to comment in response to articles, columns, and reviews.

In the meantime, please send any questions, concerns (including links to relevant URLs), or suggestions to [email protected].

Cites & Insights 10:8 - just in time for ALA

Available now: Cites & Insights 10:8, July 2010.
This 40-page issue (PDF as usual, with most but not all the sections available as HTML separates) has a variety of features to keep you entertained or informed on your long flights to & from ALA--and it's well worth reading even if you're not attending (or live near the District of Columbia).

What's here:
The CD-ROM Project...pp. 1-4

The start of a "digital medium archaeology project"--taking a few dozen of the best title CD-ROMs (that is, CD-ROMs that are extended books and multimedia carriers, not just software) from 1994-2000 and seeing whether they'll work on a contemporary Windows 7 system, whether they still have much to offer, whether they're still available (as is or updated) and, if not, what we've lost--and what's readily available on the web that appears roughly equivalent. For starters, we have two astronomical CDs and two art-related CDs...

The Zeitgeist: One Facebook to Rule Them All?...pp. 4-22

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U. of California Tries Just Saying No to Rising Journal Costs

Sarah G. pointed the way to U. of California Tries Just Saying No to Rising Journal Costs
The University of California system has said "enough" to the Nature Publishing Group, one of the leading commercial scientific publishers, over a big proposed jump in the cost of the group's journals.

Survey on Library Publishing Opportinities

I am toying with the idea of starting up a new professional journal for people in the library world, but I'd like to get some feedback on the idea. I have created a short online survey (under 10 questions!), and I'd really appreciate it if you people out there in library land (library students and paraprofessionals are emphatically welcome to participate) would spare some time to take it. Thanks -- and please feel free to pass this survey along. <a href="http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CZSP82S">Click here to take survey</a>

Cites & Insights June 2010 available

Cites & Insights 10:7 (June 2010) is now available.
The 34-page issue is, as usual, PDF; each essay is also available as an HTML separate

(just click on the links, or use the highly sophisticated notational scheme, http://citesandinsights.info/vNiMx.htm, where N is the volume (10), M is the issue (7), and x is a lower-case letter indicating the article, starting with a, then b, then c...)

What's Here
Bibs & Blather...pp. 1-3

Announcing the new book Open Access and Libraries: Essays from Cites & Insights, 2001-2009, a 519-page 6x9 book combining all OA-related essays from C&I--free as a PDF, minimally priced ($17.50) as a trade paperback. Also a note on ALA and my rehearsals for [semi-?]retirement.

The Zeitgeist: There is No Future...pp. 3-19

You could think of this as a Making it Work Perspective on library futures, if you prefer--focusing on exclusionary vs. inclusionary thinking (OR vs. AND), The Future vs. many futures...and more.

Feedback and Following Up...pp. 19-20

Finally (and probably having missed some feedback), a little feedback--three items in all.

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The Open Access citation advantage?

advantage, schmantage "Who loses the shell game? Academics whose work is less widely available than it should be, and anyone who wants to read the primary literature. Who wins? Publishers, whose prices have been allowed to escalate because they have largely escaped scrutiny (except by librarians, who for no good reason that I can see have been largely ignored, at least until relatively recently, by academic and political decision makers). "

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