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The LSW Zine: A Call for Rants, Manifestos, Articles, and Artwork

The LSW Zine: A Call for Rants, Manifestos, Articles, and Artwork: Announcing the Library Society of the World Zine, a planned dead-tree compilation of writing about libraries by library people.

If all goes well, when librarians gather in Chicago in July of 2009 for the American Library Association Annual Meeting, LSW agents will be packing copies of the first ever issue of the LSW zine along with their “FRBR? I hardly knew her!” t-shirts and Roy Tennant thongs. We will then sell or otherwise distribute the zines to an unwary population of humid, bus-riding librarians.

I Love My Librarian

Everyone loves a winner, and here are the winners of the New York Times "I Love My Librarian" contest (profiles and photos). They are:

  • College, Community College & University Librarians
    Jean Amaral and Iona R. Malanchuk
  • Public Librarians
    Linda Allen, Amy Cheney, Carol W. Levers, Elaine McIlroy, Arezoo Moseni
  • School Library Media Specialists
    Jennifer Lankford Dempsey, Dr. Margaret "Gigi" Lincoln, Paul McIntosh

    Congratulations to all you winning librarians!!

  • After Stream of Library Complaints, EVA Subscription Services Finally Responds

    For months, more than a dozen library customers of <a href="http://www.evasub.com/">EVA Subscription Services</a>, based in Shrewsbury, MA, have expressed enormous frustration after not receiving periodicals ordered and finding that their calls and emails to EVA went unreturned.

    Cites & Insights Volume 8 now complete

    The Title Page and Indexes for Cites & Insights Volume 8 (2008) is now available.

    The 16-page PDF consists of a title sheet for the volume (both sides) and a 14-page set of indexes (one index covering articles and songs cited, the other covering books, blogs, topics, authors, etc.)

    No HTML version is available, since the indexes specifically refer to page numbers that would be irrelevant in HTML essays.

    That completes Volume 8, if you're looking to bind it.

    Is it Ethical and Legal to Buy Papers and Essays? By Rob Halford

    Rob Halford believes that it is ethical to use custom essay writing services as people do not steal anything but pay enough money in return of the service. Read more of his article on EzineArticles: Is it Ethical and Legal to Buy Papers and Essays?

    Cites & Insights 8:12 available

    It's only taken eight years for C&I to actually appear monthly--that is, for a volume to have only a dozen issues.

    Cites & Insights 8:12 (December 2008) is now available for downloading.

    The 22-page issue is PDF as usual (a nice compact PDF, as are all the other 2008 issues now that I've regenerated them with Acrobat 9), but you can also get HTML versions of most essays. (Most headings below are live links.)
    Bibs & Blather

    Advance notice of a special offer: The Liblog Landscape 2007-2008 will be available soon (late November or early December if all goes well), and will have an early-bird special price of $22.50 until January 15, 2009--at which point it will go to $35.00. (If there's an Amazon version, that will start out at $35.) The book will be announced on Walt at Random as soon as it's ready.

    Also: News about disappearing books, notes on potential sponsorship for future research, and this warning: If you're one of the dozens (I can dream) of institutions that binds C&I, hold off--the title sheet and index will be ready in another week or two. (There will probably also be a paperback version of the whole volume.)

    Perspective: Writing about Reading

    The heart of the issue. An extended essay on NEA's latest sky-is-falling report--and on "stupidity and Google."

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    Around the World, Praise for Obama

    The Washington Post features an international perspective of the people's choice of Barack Obama as America's next president.

    Slideshow and reporting from Britain, Kenya, Japan, Lebanon and Indonesia.

    Additional reactions from abroad via the New York Times.

    Liberals, Conservatives and Undecideds, Oh My

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A conservative organization that helped start a new student newspaper at West Virginia University claims a biased school librarian confiscated a stack of the papers earlier this month for political reasons.

    The Wise Library employee took 250 copies of the Oct. 14 issue of the Mountaineer Jeffersonian even though the group had permission to distribute them, according to a press release from the Leadership Institute.

    WVU spokeswoman Janey Cink said Thursday that the librarian took the papers because the student group hadn't provided a rack to contain them. She added that library staff thought the issue had been resolved.

    "The university certainly welcomes different opinions and wants different student voices to be heard," Cink said. "If there's any misunderstanding, that's unfortunate." West Virginia Gazette.

    Something New Over @ Your American Libraries

    George Eberhart passed along some news from American Libraries

    1. Our weekly e-newsletter, American Libraries Direct, is now available to
    anyone who wants to sign up for it, not just ALA members. The sign-up form,
    as well as the FAQ, are here

    2. American Libraries has launched its own blog, AL Inside Scoop,
    http://www.al.ala.org/insidescoop/ . Editor-in-chief Leonard Kniffel
    offers an insider’s view of goings-on at ALA headquarters and what hot
    topics ALA staffers are talking about in the hallways. Associate Editor
    Greg Landgraf offers his perspective from “the lower floors” of what
    many see as the ALA ivory tower.

    3. Login is no longer required to view the current issue of the American
    Libraries print magazine online (in PDF format), or to view the archives,
    which date back to the January 2003 issue. Go directly Here .
    First-time viewers will need to install the ebrary reader to view issues.
    To download, go to http://site.ebrary.com/lib/ala/Download . Firefox 3
    users installing the reader for the first time will need a workaround,
    http://www.ebrary.com/kb/users/ff3install.jsp , to make the ebrary reader
    work with their browser.

    Cites & Insights 8:11 (November 2008) available

    Cites & Insights 8:11, November 2008, is now available for downloading.

    The 26-page issue (PDF as always, but with HTML versions available from links here or at the Cites & Insights home page) includes five essays:
    Bibs & Blather: Books and Blogs

    Mostly updated versions of Walt at Random posts--library blog books going out of print soon, a progress report on The Liblog Landscape 2007-2008 (with more progress since the post) and notes on Technorati, blogs as a whole and the liblog landscape.

    Making it Work: Libraries and the Social Web

    Notes on aspects of social-web applications in libraries beyond blogs and wikis.

    Perspective: How Common is Common Language?

    An original "research" project: What happens when you try 300 everyday sentences against Google--and when you try just the first eight words of each sentence? The answers may surprise you.

    Library Access to Scholarship: OA Controversies

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    The Journal of Distance Education - archives now online

    The Distant Librarian points out that the Journal of Distance Education has made its complete run of archives (1986-2008) available online. Here's the link from to the posting by The Distant Librarian. There's no mention on whether or not the archive is free, but a browse through shows the option of clicking on HTML full text or PDF for many of the articles.

    Sage Publications gives free access to its journals through All Hallows Eve

    Sage Publications (Human Factors, Am. J Sports Med, Ed Researcher, etc) is offering free access to all of its Journals until 10/31/08. Simply register at their <a href="http://www.sagepub.com/journals.nav"> site</a> and start reading.

    Are journal editors biased against certain kinds of authors?

    Social Science Statistics Blog In a working paper entitled "Can We Test for Bias in Scientific Peer Review?", Andrew Oswald proposes a method of detecting whether journal editors discriminate against certain kinds of authors. His approach, in a nutshell, is to look for discrepancies between the editor's comparison of two papers and how those papers were ultimately compared by the scholarly community (based on citations). In tests he runs on two high-ranking American economics journals, he doesn't find a bias by QJE editors against authors from England or Europe (or in favor of Harvard authors), but he does find that JPE editors appear to discriminate against their Chicago colleagues.

    Cites & Insights 8:10 (October 2008) available

    Cites & Insights 8:10, October 2008, is now available.

    The 28-page issue is PDF as usual, although HTML versions of each essay are also available from the Cites & Insights homepage or via the links below.

    This issue includes five essays:
    Trends & Quick Takes

    Improving patents, the future of the internet, why I give Pew such a bad tome, the HD watch, the purloined bibliography and invisible gifts, plus five quicker takes.

    Interesting & Peculiar Products

    Six of them--including a hockey-puck home theater PC and a digital projector that throws a 98"-diagonal image from 15 inches away--and six Editors' Picks and Group Reviews

    Net Media/Making it Work: Blogging about Liblogging

    A range of posts and commentary about liblogs and library blogs, some up to a year old, all worth noting.

    Offtopic Perspective: 50 Movie Western Classics, Part 2

    From the sublime (The Outlaw) to the ridiculous (Gone with the West), with spaghetti westerns, singing cowboys and much more in between--including Bill Shatner playing an arrogant, sexist, tinhorn ruler who doesn't happen to be on a starship but is instead a half-Comanche bad guy (White Comanche)--and Shatner also plays his sort-of-good-guy twin. I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried.

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    New Electronic Journal: The Journal of Library Innovation

    The Western New York Library Resources Council is pleased to announce plans to publish The Journal of Library Innovation, one of the first journals devoted explicitly to innovation and creativity in libraries. This peer reviewed, electronic journal will publish original research, literature reviews, commentaries, case studies, reports on innovative practices, letters, as well as book and product reviews. The journal will also welcome provocative essays that will stimulate thought on the current and future role of libraries in an Internet Age.

    The inaugural issue will be published in January 2010. Please watch for a call for papers in the near future. For more information, please contact Editor-in-Chief Sheryl Knab ([email protected]) or Managing Editor Pamela Jones ([email protected]).

    Kenney: It's time for ALA to set its journals free

    Brian Kenney: "librarians are the most vocal advocates for open access to journal content—except, apparently, when it’s their own publications. I suspect this is because of ALA’s outdated, carrot-on-the-end-of-the-stick, publishing model: keep the publications locked away as the supreme benefit of membership. "

    Finally, there is common sense. If you want your content to be used, then readers need to be able to discover it through a search engine and read it in a click. Or find it in their feed aggregator. We need to be able to forward it, post our disagreements with it, blog about it, and have it pushed to us on Facebook. It must, in short, be integrated into our professional lives. Or else it becomes irrelevant, no matter how good it might be.

    A league table of journals

    A league table of journals: The Australian government is revising its research assessment system, and is in the process of setting up ERA, Excellence in Research for Australia. This new system was an early commitment of the Labor Government elected in November of last year, and is replacing the Research Quality Framework (RQF) which the previous Government had started to develop in 2006, and which was intended to carve up AU$600 million in block grant research funding. That system did not reach fruition, despite (and partly because of) being very costly. The new system is designed to benchmark Australian research better within an international context, and is - for the moment - not intended to lead to a ranking-based carve-up of the research funding pot, though that option has been left in for the future.

    Cites & Insights 8:9 (September 2008) available

    Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large 8:9 (September 2008) is now available.

    The 26-page issue (PDF as usual, but HTML versions of the individual essays are available using the links below or at the C&I home page) includes the following five essays:
    Bibs & Blather: Projects and Rejects

    40% less self-indulgent than the five-part post! Some new information! Otherwise, it's largely the same material. If you feel you already know all this, skip right on over to:

    Perspective: Updating the Book Discovery Projects

    Microsoft dropped its project--and in the process released all limits on 300,000 scanned books and gave the scanners to its partners. That and lots more in this multipart roundup.

    Perspective: On Conferences in a Time of Limits

    Why do we go to conferences--and will conferences change significantly thanks to high travel costs? Some semi-informed musings and non-predictions.

    Old Media/New Media

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    Phone Research Articles

    Ok - I know this reply is several years late. In doing a Cuil search, I came across the very kind review by Daniel of a Searcher article I wrote on phone research (I've included that post below). Even years late, his review totally made my day - so many thanks, Daniel.

    I just wanted to let anyone interested know that a copy of the article is available for free on my website www.risasacks.com. If it's useful to you - help yourself. There is also a copy of the follow-up, sequel article, "The Search Goes On." Finally, having had an article and a sequel, we had, of course, to write the 'prequel' - 'Before You Pick up the Phone" will be in the September issue of Searcher, and will be available on my website in about three months. If any of these are useful to you, please feel free to download them and pass them on. (and Daniel, I'd love to hear how you found the unlisted number of the Canadian MP).

    Excellent article in Searcher about using the phone
    Sat, 03/26/2005 - 01:08 — Daniel

    The March 2005 (v.13, no.3) print issue of Searcher Magazine has this good article:

    Anatomy of a Phone Search: Primary Research Using the Original "Online"
    By Risa Sacks, p. 42.

    The article is a great primer on picking up the phone to do primary research. Ms. Sacks discusses how much personal information to disclose to people you are interviewing, and how to use referrals from one person to gain entree with another potential source of information.

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    News Flash From the Cover of Esquire: Paper Magazines Can Be High Tech, Too

    On the third floor of the Museum of Modern Art in Midtown Manhattan rests a tribute to Esquire’s glory years — a collection of 92 covers from the 1960s and early 1970s that have become, in the museum’s words, “essential to the iconography of American culture.”

    That illustrious history hangs over the magazine’s effort to celebrate its 75th year. Its attempt to add to the annals of museum-worthy covers includes a nod to the digital age: an electronic cover, using admittedly rudimentary technology, that will flash “the 21st Century Begins Now,” when it appears on newsstands in September.

    Read full story of how e-ink will be used on the cover of Esquire at the New York Times.

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