Cites & Insights 7:9 available

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 be—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.


I agree with you Walt that librarian blogs are a valuable part of the grey lit; I wouldn't miss Annoyed Librarian, and some of the bloggers who write well about technology without being goofy in love with it. (Maybe it's too many memories about showing the patron how to move a cursor and where the enter key was that makes me think librarians might be wasting some time.) But blogs for P & T? Oh, I hope not. If the idea and presentation are good, and they drew a lot of comments, make the effort to spiff it up and rush it into a more formal format. 90% of blogs are interesting chats over coffee. Also, too many librarians are artistically challenged, and even if the content is good, the presentation and format is poor. Just because you can do it (adding distracting twinkles and bells and teensy banners), doesn't mean you should.