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.

Cites & Insights November 2017 available

The most colorful issue of Cites & Insights to date, November 2017, is now available for downloading at

This 36-page (6x9") issue includes two essays:

Intersections: Gray Portraits pp. 1-26

Cites & Insights October 2017 available: Gray OA 2014-2017

Gray OA 2014-2017: A Partial Followup, the October 2017 Cites & Insights (17.9), is now available for downloading at

The single-essay issue is 42 pages long (38 numbered pages).

 It updates article-count and status-code information (but not APC/fee information) for gray OA journals not in DOAJ, adding full-year 2016 article counts and January-June 2017 counts, doubled for ease of comparisons.

Cites & Insights September 2017 available

The September 2017 issue of Cites & Insights (17:8) is now available for downloading at

A very personal and very short issue (12 6" x 9" pages) includes two essays:

The Front: Maybe I'm Doing it Wrong  pp. 1-4

Hat-tip to Randy Newman for the title, and--although this was written over the weekend and it's not referred to in the essay, even indirectly--to CHE for once again making my point.

A $55 Million Gift, and a New Name, for the Mid-Manhattan Library

Last year, the New York Public Library released plans for a total renovation of its Mid-Manhattan branch, the workhorse circulating library that has long been the ungainly stepsibling to the magnificent Beaux-Arts building across Fifth Avenue that houses its world-class research collection.

The work began this summer. And now the library has secured the final $55 million in private money needed to pay for that makeover, which will also come with a new name.


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