New Domain, New Blog

I suppose I should say my meager meandering thoughts lately can be found at I work for a very stable genius who is ordering way too much from ACME. How did I get trapped in a cartoon?

A.I. as virtual research mediators

An interview question from a college student prompted this response from me:

Fed Life Working Without Pay

I barely write anything here.

Dismantling Utopia: How Information Ended the Soviet Union

By the 1980s the Soviet Union had matched the United States in military might and far surpassed it in the production of steel, timber, concrete, and oil. But the electronic whirlwind that was transforming the global economy had been locked out by communist leaders. Heirs to an old Russian tradition of censorship, they had banned photocopiers, prohibited accurate maps, and controlled word-for-word even the scripts of stand-up comedians.

Cites & Insights December 2018 (18:9) available

Cites & Insights 18:9 (December 2018) is now available for downloading at

The 36-page issue includes:
The Front pp. 1-2

Notes on GOAJ4 and what it means for Volume 19 of Cites & Insights.

Words: Books, Ebooks and Libraries pp. 2-26

Cites & Insights 18:7 (October 2018) available

Cites & Insights 18:7 (October 2018) is now available for downloading at

The 24-page issue includes:
Intersections: A Few Small Essays pp. 1-13

Cites & Insights 18:6 (September 2018) available

The September 2018 Cites & Insights (18:6) is now available for downloading at

The 70-page issue consists of one essay/roundup:

Intersections: Predator! pp. 1-70

Apparently Alex Jones isn't totally silenced

Too many people have forgotten that Alex Jones started out on shortwave stations like WWCR in Tennessee. The bad news is that he is far from silenced in being run off these websites. He's still being aired on WWCR.

Amatulli, J. (2018, August 1). Spotify Pulls Radio Show Episodes By InfoWars’ Alex Jones After Widespread Complaints. Huffington Post. Retrieved from

Cites & Insights 18.5 (August 2018) available

Cites & Insights 18:5 (August 2018) is now available for downloading at

The 34-page summer-light issue includes the following:

Intersections: GOAJ: Commentary Examples pp. 1-7

Cites & Insights 18:4 available: Subject supplment to GOAJ3

The July 2018 Cites & Insights (18.4) is now available for downloading at

The 76-page issue consists of the Subject Supplement to GOAJ3: Gold Open Access Journals 2012-2017. (As always. links for all portions of all GOAJ editions live at

Cites & Insights 18.3 (June 2018) available

Cites & Insights 18:3 (June 2018) is now available for downloading at

The 76-page issue is basically a shorter version of GOAJ3: Gold Open Access Journals 2012-2017 for those who aren't ready to read the whole thing (links here):

GOAJ3: Gold Open Access Journals 2012-2017, chapters 1-7    pp. 2-76

Cites & Insights April 2018 (18:2) available

Five months in the making*, it's ready for downloading at the April 2018 Cites & Insights, volume 18, number 2.

This 44-page issue includes:
The Front: Readership Notes, 2017 pp. 1-2

A belated set of notes on 2017 readership.

Technology: Wikipedia: Oldish Notes pp. 2-16

Empire of the Summer Moon

Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History

In the tradition of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, a stunningly vivid historical account of the forty-year battle between Comanche Indians and white settlers for control of the American West, centering on Quanah, the greatest Comanche chief of them all.

Professional Pet Peeves

My pet peeves regarding some others in my profession -

Those who don't do their research:

  1. to properly unsubscribe from a listserv (or simply look at a message footer) and/or
  2. those who reply to an entire list instead of the original sender

*and many of these same people are supposed to help others research topics and find information?

Maybe I will write a librarian humor blog - should it be "The Humorous Librarian" (in the same vein as "The Annoyed Librarian")?

Cites & Insights January 2018 (18:1) available

The January 2018 Cites & Insights (18:1) is now available for downloading at

The 48-page (6" x 9") issue includes:

The Front pp. 1-2

Research: then and now

This commentary was inspired by the recent opinion piece in Slate "Why Are Conservatives More Susceptible to Believing Lies?"

Book vandalism

Yesterday I saw the first evidence of large-scale book vandalism at my current library, where I have been employed for over 9 years. I initially noticed three books in the 300s (DDC), including one about the Kent State shootings, with spines cut off. Shortly after our Circulation staff and students found multiple books (up to 400) in the 200s, especially 238s (Christianity, catechisms, creeds, etc.) had either spines cut off or tops or bottoms of spines ripped off. No spines or other evidence has been found on the shelves or in the trash.


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