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Cites & Insights 10:2 (February 2010) is now available.
The 32-page issue (PDF as usual, with individual articles available in HTML, using the links below) includes:
T&QT Perspective: Trends & Forecasts (pp. 1-16)
A heaping helping of trends, forecasts, ghosts of trends past--and deathspotting. (No, this roundup does not include the Midwinter LITA Top Tech Trends--or any other trendiness actually appearing in 2010. Maybe later.)
Perspective: Music, Silence & Metrics (pp. 16-25)
Are the loudness wars mushing up your music? Maybe so. I report on the problem with excessive dynamic compression, some steps being taken to identify and combat the desire of producers to MAKE IT ALL LOUD, and two sets of real-world metrics. If you ever really listen to music, you should care about this issue.
Offtopic Perspective: Mystery Collection Part 1 (pp. 25-32)
Notes on the first six discs in the 250-movie, 60-disc Mystery Collection, including half a dozen Bulldog Drummond flicks, three Dick Tracy--and eight Sherlock Holmes. Here's a mystery: Will I keep doing C&I long enough to review this entire set? That would take us into Volume 14...
Congratulations to Louisville Public Library's Director Craig Buthod, named LJ's Librarian of the Year for 2010. Buthod appears on the magazine’s cover this month.
As you'll recall it has not been an easy year for the Louisville Public Library.
The award comes after a year when a flood devastated the main branch’s basement and the building’s heating and cooling systems. Buthod says the experience was crushing at the onset. “That was really, really rough, but that was about 24 hours,” he says. “And then there was a turning point were all of us saw — well, this is a big project, we’ve got to solve this. And it became a work project.”
Graciously, Buthod is proud to share the honors with his staff. He says the award is something earned by the library staff as well as Louisville citizens. Bravo to the Louisville librarians!
Librarian is the 46th best job for 2009...according to the Wall Street Journal. Five criteria determined ranking...environment, income, employment outlook, physical demands and stress. However, it is clearly not among the best paid positions by far.
Best? Actuary. Worst (out of 200)...would you believe 'Roustabout'??
That's right--here's another non-issue for your reading pleasure to and from Midwinter, with (almost) no new material:
Cites ON a Plane 2010
Stuff That Originally Appeared in Cites & Insights - 50 pages
Note: The links in the bullets are to the original essays, all of which appeared in 2007 and 2008. The essays in Cites ON a Plane 2010 (PDF as usual) have had URLs removed and in some cases been trimmed slightly to make them fit.
Caveats and New Material -- Read More
It's the bane of many a public librarian. The phone rings, you answer it, and then politely decline the caller's offer to donate the last 60 years of National Georgraphic magazine to your library.
"Yes, I'm sure they're in fine condition. Oh? Been in your mother-in-law's house for the last 60 years huh? Yes, I know you want to help out, but we've got several years of it already. Yes, sir I can tell you're happy she's dead but we just don't have any use for that many magazines. No, actually they're not all that valuable - you do realize they print several hundred thousand at a time, right? Yes, so they're not exactly rare or anything."
Now there's a much easier way to get every single issue of National Geographic from the last 120 years and it doesn't involve any donations. You can buy it on its very own hard drive. That's right, you can get every issue of National Geographic since the dawn of humankind on a 160 GB external drive. As a bonus, the collection only takes up 60 GB, so you've got another 100GB to do with as you please.
I wonder if that'd be enough room for every issue of Popular Mechanics...
Announcing But Still They Blog: The Liblog Landscape 2007-2009, at a special earlybird price; also announcing the trade paperback version of Cites & Insights 9: 2009--and reduced prices on all Cites & Insights Books. Finally, some words about supporting Cites & Insights, which currently lacks sponsorship.
Quotes and comments about blogging in decline, how individual blogs change--and the process of pausing or ending a blog.
Interesting & Peculiar Products (pages 22-25)
Five items and four group reviews.
My Back Pages (pages 25-30)
As always, a PDF-only bonus section--this time including notes on Apple apologists, buying friends by the thousands, disappearing technologies, the eternal stereo silly season and Wired's equally eternal silliness--and the typographic change you'll see if you read C&I as a PDF. -- Read More
The PW cover story is 'African-American Books in Today's Marketplace'.
UPDATE: Galleycat provides background on the choice of the photo by Calvin Reid of PW. Reid, who is black, wrote on Twitter that since the magazine picks recommended books in the issue, going to picks -- as in picks for Afros -- seemed like a funny leap.
Analysis of yesterday's news story by Jerome Kramer, an independent publishing consultant in his blog, Publishing Perspectives.
This week's podcast looks forward into the past with a replay of archival audio of President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressing the US Congress after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The dateline for this episode is the 78th anniversary of the event.
Also presented in the podcast was a brief discussion of the late-breaking story of Comcast's attempt to acquire a controlling interest in NBC Universal. There was originally going to be discussion of remarks by Rupert Murdoch concerning why news online should never have been free in the first place. The Comcast-NBC matter took precedence.
FDR's speech at Archive.org
This installment of Profile America
MSNBC reporting on the Comcast-NBC matter
Greg Sandoval at CNET discussing the Comcast-NBC matter
One Reuters story on the Comcast-NBC matter
Another Reuters story in the matter
Discussion at the Erie Looking Productions blog of the recent coverage of remarks by Rupert Murdoch
MSNBC relaying an AP report on Google's new attempt to restrict how users can reach news sites
Linux Outlaws, a show produced by Sixgun Productions