Cites & Insights 7:6 available

Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large v.7 issue 6 (June 2007) is now available for downloading.

The 26-page issue (PDF as usual, but HTML separates for each essay are available from the home page)

  • Bibs & Blather - On Being Wrong (and more)
  • Making it Work - library resources, innovation, futures and more
  • Trends & Quick Takes - three essays and six quicker takes
  • Net Media Perspective: Civility and Codes: A Blogging Morality Play

Given how much I've heard OpenOffice 2 touted as a much better way to produce good HTML than nasty ol' Microsoft Word, I've included an experiment on the home page:

The hyperlinks are, as usual, to Word 2000 "filtered HTML" files. But there's another set of hyperlinks below, to OpenOffice 2 HTML files generated from the same Word file.

It's not really a fair comparison--after all, Word 2000 is two generations and five years out of date, where OpenOffice 2 is the absolutely newest version as of mid-April--but I'd be interested in the comments of HTML gurus (send 'em to [email protected]) There will probably be a Walt at Random post later...


I've only looked at the first article, on admitting when we are wrong. I think you are wrong in believing you aren't good at self-promotion. I think you are very good at it, and that's a compliment. Yours was the only name, other than Blake's, I recognized when I first started reading LISNews. And I read very little outside my own specialty. You publish, you're out there, you present your ideas, you're an invited speaker, and I don't know why you think that isn't self-promotion.

Ask me about parenting. How long a list do you want for children proving you are wrong?

I have no idea what you mean about parenting, other than that children are very good at showing how their parents are wrong about things. (Sigh. My father apologized regularly during his last ten years for not being around enough when we were growing up--but, in fact, he was always there when it mattered, and carried a guilt he did not deserve. As I told him repeatedly. I come from one of those functional families that may be a lot more common than we're told...)

The distinction I'd make is that I wasn't building a brand, and I never took the steps to make sure I got full recognition for what I was doing. Heck, I never even marketed any of my books (until the newest, and even that only fitfully)...and I never, ever suggested a speaking engagement. I wrote and still write because I had/have things to say; the work itself was and is more important than who did it.

(For that matter, I got into book and article writing more-or-less accidentally. I wrote MARC for Library Use because I was fed up with teaching people about MARC and couldn't get any of the national experts to do it. I started writing on a steady basis as the rest as a result of offhand conversations. It didn't even occur to me to submit anything to one of the Big Library Magazines until I'd been writing actively for 14 years and had published a dozen books.)

See? You probably got more publicity word of mouth than all the marketing gimmicks.

My comment about parenting was that until you have children, you think you know everything about children, then they prove you wrong.

When I went back to look at the rest of the issue (I'm one of your readers who prints it), my adobe was dead in the water. Not just your publication, but all. I'm almost afraid to look today because I read a lot online.

Ah. Well, we don't have children, and I never thought I knew much about children or raising them--except for three things. 1. They're not all the same. 2. They won't be the same as adults as they are as children. 3. To some extent, they'll grow up to be their parents. And #3 varies enormously--although I think it comes as a surprise to many of us when we eventually realize that it's happened.