Submitted by Walt on January 23, 2008 - 5:32pm
Cites & Insights 8:2 (February 2008) is now available.
The 24-page issue (PDF as always, but all articles are also available as HTML separates) includes:
- Announcing Academic Library Blogs: 231 Examples - The latest from Cites & Insights Books, a $29.50 289-page paperback that complements Public Library Blogs: 252 Examples. Included are brief notes, the list of academic institutions represented, examples of blog coverage for both books, the announcement of $20 PDF downloads for those who just can't stand print books--and a few notes on the status of Cites & Insights Books.
- Trends & Quick Takes: Trends and Forecasts - Time to look at some pundits' scorecards and forecasts, along with some of the trends from the LITA Top Tech Trendspotters, with some of my comments interleaved.
- Bibs & Blather: Midwinter Musings - Notes on a much warmer Philadelphia Midwinter, along with a special essay based on an odd but not unique occurrence: "Leadership and Initiative: The Case of the Empty Chairs."
Submitted by Walt on January 1, 2008 - 1:32pm
For perhaps the first time, the January issue that begins a new volume of Cites & Insights is available in...January.
Cites & Insights 8:1 (January 2008) is now available for downloading
The 30-page issue (PDF as always, but HTML separates for each essay are also available) includes:
Cites & Insights Books at Lulu.com (http://lulu.com/waltcrawford/) now offers these volumes in paperback form, $29.50 each, with a bonus in each case (and full-color cover photos). The bonus for Volume 7 is Cites on a Plane, the phantom issue from January 2007. For Volume 6, it's a brief preface including "where are they now?" notes on liblogs studied in 2005 and 2006 that have either moved, changed names or apparently gone silent.
Some thoughts after a few weeks working on the PALINET Leadership Network, including my current take on "Who's a leader?"
Submitted by Walt on November 26, 2007 - 9:08pm
The Index to Volume 7 of Cites & Insights is now available for downloading. This 19-page document combines a title sheet and 17-page indexes, for those wishing to prepare a bound volume.
On the other hand, why bother?
Submitted by Walt on November 20, 2007 - 5:47pm
Submitted by Walt on October 17, 2007 - 11:29pm
Cites & Insights 7:12, November 2007, is now available for downloading.
The 28-page issue is PDF as usual (HTML versions of most essays are available at the home page). It includes:
Thanks! - A note about my new position as Director and Managing Editor of the PALINET Leadership Network (and why there was no liblog extravaganza this year).
A tiny section correcting two name problems and listing the publishers who've disowned PRISM.
"Sometimes They're Guilty," a review of and commentary on the first RIAA suit to go to jury trial.
Nine trends (including a librarian winner of the Ig Nobel for Literature--and no, the article isn't at all a joke) and eight quicker takes.
The biggest chunk of this issue--ten thousand words considering general blogging issues and library-specific blogging issues from October 2006 until recently.
Six products (including a variety of views on a certain high-profile Apple product that appears to excel at everything except its supposed primary function) and a dozen Editors' Choices and other winners.
Six snarky little essays. As always, this one's only available as part of the whole issue.
I've revised the Word template for the HTML essays to be a little more "printlike." If you find that it doesn't work for you, let me know: I might change it back. If you don't notice a difference, that's OK too.
Submitted by Walt on September 18, 2007 - 11:21pm
Submitted by Walt on August 21, 2007 - 11:22pm
Submitted by Walt on July 22, 2007 - 6:45pm
Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large 7:9 (August 2007) is now available for downloading.
It's an odd issue: Four somewhat overlapping Perspectives and an Offtopic Perspective.
The 26-page issue (PDF as usual, but each Perspective is available as an html separate from the homepage) includes:
- Perspective: On the Literature
I believe that gray literature--blogs, this ejournal, a few similar publications and some lists--represents the most compelling and worthwhile literature in the library field today...
- Perspective: On Authority, Worth and Linkbaiting
Yes, it's the dreaded Britannica Blog essay. Yes, I'm late to the game. No, this is not primarily about Michael Gorman, although his blogging (his blogging!) plays a crucial role in the discussion. There will be no fisking here, tempting though it might beâ€”either of Gorman's posts or of some over-the-top responses...
- Perspective: On Disagreement and Discussion
Are librarians willing to disagree with one another?
What a silly question. Of course we are (I'm counting myself as a librarian for this discussion). Consider some disagreements I've chronicled and taken part in here and in my blog, just for starters....
- Perspective: On Ethics and Transparency
How much do you need to know about who I am and how I deal with issues, people and organizations that might relate to my writing? What do you need to know about my ethical standards? How much disclosure assures adequate transparency?
- Offtopic Perspective: 50-Movie Classic Musicals, Part 2 - including Rhythm and Blues Review, Till the Clouds Roll By, All-American Co-Ed, Hi-De-Ho (an hour of Cab Calloway: how can you go wrong?), Royal Wedding...and a whole bunch more.
Not included in this issue: Perspective: On Clever Names for Perspectives. And the Bibs & Blather has appeared instead as an absurdly long post at Walt at Random.
Submitted by Walt on June 28, 2007 - 11:21pm
Submitted by Walt on May 30, 2007 - 1:21am
In plenty of time for ALA Annual--but also for those of you not going to DC in a few weeks, Cites on a Plane 2: This Time It's for Keeps is now available for downloading.
This 44-page issue is Cites & Insights 7:7, Mid-June 2007. (The seventh issue of the seventh volume: A lucky issue?)
Like COAP, COAP2 is much larger than a regular issue and is largely composed of old material.
Unlike COAP, COAP2:
Submitted by Walt on May 21, 2007 - 8:03pm
I had planned to repost my Walt at Random post here--the one about my availability for a new position after September 30, 2007.
Blake beat me to it, for which I thank him.
If you're wondering about juicy details about the termination: Don't. There aren't any. I continue to believe OCLC's doing interesting things, and would be happy to be part of those efforts if an appropriate job was available.
Submitted by Walt on May 12, 2007 - 9:57pm
Submitted by Walt on April 14, 2007 - 12:37am
Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large 7:5 (May 2007) is now available for downloading.
The 26-page issue is PDF as usual, but you can get HTML separates of most essays from the home page.
NOTE: If you have any websites with links to the old C&I site, please change them. That site will disappear fairly soon.
This issue includes:
Submitted by Walt on March 23, 2007 - 10:08pm
A little Friday grump here rather than on my main blog...
I've been seeing various posts (and a really pointless video) about Shutdown Day, which is tomorrow.
I use my PC at home for about an hour a day most days. Sometimes less. More on some weekend days. Some days not at all. When I travel--on business or pleasure--I do so without PC, notebook, PDA, smart phone...
Can I do without the PC for a full Saturday? Sure. Since I've just published a book and an issue of C&I, it would be easy.
Submitted by Walt on March 23, 2007 - 2:26am
Submitted by Walt on March 2, 2007 - 5:54pm
While I did read this in a blog entry that purported to be a report of a keynote, I'm stating up front that this must be a mistake or a strawman.
Or maybe just a joke that was taken seriously.
Supposedly, someone said that every library should employ a developer.
Every library. Consider the size and staffing of, oh, every small and rural library in America, a few thousand of them.
I won't name the person who supposedly said this because it's so unbelievable.
Submitted by Walt on February 20, 2007 - 2:53am
Submitted by Walt on February 16, 2007 - 3:20am
Update: As of now, the problem seems to be solved, thanks to a combination of Blake's work, Bloglines "resetting the feed," and maybe my attempts to feed everything through Feedburner.
If you have problems, I'd suggest unsubscribing and resubscribing from the top option in the browser address-bar icon (in Firefox2 or IE7), which should definitely pick up the Feedburner feed.
And I now seem to have >400 subscribers. Hmm...
Submitted by Walt on January 25, 2007 - 12:43am
Submitted by Walt on January 24, 2007 - 6:04pm
I'm putting this here because it feels a little too grumpy for Walt at Random...
Early last year, I was coaxed into doing an article for Google's fledgling Librarians Newsletter. No pay but presumably lots of publicity and all the resulting wonderful things that would come from being associated with Google.