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Appreciating the ‘powerful good’ of the public library

Video at PBS Newshour from last December:

Appreciating the ‘powerful good’ of the public library
https://youtu.be/H7E13veqmBU

New Domain, New Blog

I suppose I should say my meager meandering thoughts lately can be found at coyote.works. 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 https://citesandinsights.info/civ18i9.pdf

The 36-page issue includes:

The Front pp. 1-2

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

Cites & Insights 18:7 (October 2018) available

Cites & Insights 18:7 (October 2018) is now available for downloading at https://citesandinsights.info/civ18i7.pdf

The 24-page issue includes:

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 https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/spotify-infowars-alex-jones_us_5b61c4d2e4b0b15aba9ec86e

Beschizza, R. (2018, August 6). Tech platforms quit Alex Jones and InfoWars. Retrieved August 6, 2018, from https://boingboing.net/2018/08/06/tech-platforms-quit-alex-jones.html

Cellan-Jones, R. (2018, August 6). Facebook, iTunes and Spotify drop InfoWars. BBC News. Retrieved from https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-45083684

Crowe, J. (2018, August 6). Facebook Deletes Infowars Page, Apple Deletes All Alex Jones Podcasts. Retrieved August 6, 2018, from https://www.nationalreview.com/news/facebook-deletes-infowars-page-apple-deletes-all-alex-jones-podcasts/

Enforcing Our Community Standards | Facebook Newsroom. (n.d.). Retrieved August 6, 2018, from https://newsroom.fb.com/news/2018/08/enforcing-our-community-standards/

Gilmer, M. (2018, August 6). Facebook deletes 4 pages belonging to Alex Jones and InfoWars. Retrieved August 6, 2018, from https://mashable.com/2018/08/06/facebook-bans-alex-jones-pages/

Glaser, A. (2018, August 6). Apple and Spotify Just Did to Alex Jones What Facebook Wouldn’t. Retrieved August 6, 2018, from https://slate.com/technology/2018/08/apple-and-spotify-are-now-both-blocking-infowars-and-alex-jones-podcasts.html

Gold, A. (2018, August 6). Facebook removes 4 pages owned by InfoWars’ Alex Jones. Retrieved August 6, 2018, from https://www.politico.com/story/2018/08/06/facebook-removes-infowars-pages-alex-jones-764590

Gore, L. (2018, August 6). Alex Jones Infowars: Facebook, Apple remove podcasts, pages from controversial host. Retrieved August 6, 2018, from https://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2018/08/alex_jones_infowars_facebook_a.html

Hern, A. (2018, August 6). Facebook, Apple, YouTube and Spotify ban Infowars’ Alex Jones. The Guardian. Retrieved from http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/aug/06/apple-removes-podcasts-infowars-alex-jones

Kreps, D. (2018, August 6). Apple Removes Alex Jones, ‘Infowars’ Podcasts From Apps. Retrieved August 6, 2018, from https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/apple-removes-alex-jones-infowars-podcasts-from-apps-706764/

Legaspi, A. (2018, August 2). Spotify Pulls Episodes of Infowars’ ‘Alex Jones Show’ Podcast. Retrieved August 6, 2018, from https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/spotify-pulls-episodes-of-infowars-alex-jones-show-podcast-705812/

McKay, R. (2018, August 6). Facebook, Apple, YouTube and Spotify take down Alex Jones content. Reuters. Retrieved from https://www.reuters.com/article/us-apple-infowars/apple-removes-most-of-u-s-conspiracy-theorists-podcasts-from-itunes-idUSKBN1KR0MZ

Meza, S. (2018, August 6). Facebook finally cracks down on Alex Jones and Infowars. Retrieved August 6, 2018, from http://theweek.com/speedreads/788787/facebook-finally-cracks-down-alex-jones-infowars

Morris, C. (2018, August 6). Facebook Bans Several Pages From Alex Jones and Infowars. Retrieved August 6, 2018, from http://fortune.com/2018/08/06/facebook-bans-alex-jones-infowars-hate-speech/

Neidig, H. (2018, August 6). Facebook deletes InfoWars pages. Retrieved August 6, 2018, from http://thehill.com/policy/technology/400512-facebook-deletes-infowars-pages

Paczkowski, J., & Warzel, C. (2018, August 6). Apple Kicked Alex Jones Off Its Platform Then YouTube And Facebook Rushed To Do The Same. Retrieved August 6, 2018, from https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/johnpaczkowski/apple-is-removing-alex-jones-and-infowars-podcasts-from

Palladino, V. (2018, August 6). Alex Jones hit with bans from Facebook and Apple. Retrieved August 6, 2018, from https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/08/alex-jones-hit-with-bans-from-facebook-and-apple/

Russell, J. (2018, August 6). Apple has removed Infowars podcasts from iTunes. Retrieved August 6, 2018, from http://social.techcrunch.com/2018/08/05/apple-has-removed-infowars-podcasts-from-itunes/

Ryan, J. (2018, August 6). Apple drops Alex Jones and Infowars from iTunes, Podcast app. Retrieved August 6, 2018, from https://www.cnet.com/news/apple-has-dropped-alex-jones-and-infowars-from-itunes-podcasts/

Cites & Insights 18.5 (August 2018) available

Cites & Insights 18:5 (August 2018) is now available for downloading at https://citesandinsights.info/civ18i5.pdf

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

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

The July 2018 Cites & Insights (18.4) is now available for downloading at https://citesandinsights.info/civ18i4.pdf

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 https://waltcrawford.name/goaj.html)

Cites & Insights 18.3 (June 2018) available

Cites & Insights 18:3 (June 2018) is now available for downloading at https://citesandinsights.info/civ18i3.pdf

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 https://citesandinsights.info/civ18i2.pdf: 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.

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

https://amzn.to/2H7ylLn

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 https://citesandinsights.info/civ18i1.pdf

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

Research: then and now

This commentary was inspired by the recent opinion piece in Slate "Why Are Conservatives More Susceptible to Believing Lies?"
http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2017/11/why_conservatives_are_more_...

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