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Cites & Insights 8:11, November 2008, is now available for downloading.
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.
Notes on aspects of social-web applications in libraries beyond blogs and wikis.
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.
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. -- Read More
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:
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.
Why do we go to conferences--and will conferences change significantly thanks to high travel costs? Some semi-informed musings and non-predictions.
The 28-page issue includes:
Cites & Insights 8:7, July 2008, is now available.
The 26-page issue is PDF as always, but most essays can also be downloaded at the Cites & Insights home page or from the links below.
This issue includes:
Cites & Insights 8:6, June 2008, is now available for downloading.
The 28-page issue is PDF, as usual, but (since My Back Pages is missing) all segments are also available as HTML separates at the Cites & Insights homepage.
The issue consists of: -- Read More
Cites & Insights 8:5, May 2008, is now available for downloading.
This 28-page issue (PDF as usual, but each essay is also available in HTML form) includes:
Cites & Insights 8:4, April 2008, is now available for downloading.
The 28-page issue is PDF as usual (or not as usual--I'm now using Word 2007 and Microsoft's free PDF-output download), but HTML separates are available from the C&I homepage
The issue includes:
By the way, if you know anyone who's been getting issue alerts via email, let them know they need to sign up for C&I Updates or Walt at Random; Topica no longer accepts my posts (and entirely lacks help/contact info).
Cites & Insights 8:3 (March 2008) is now available.
This is the centenary issue--#100--a nice round number that I'm a little
surprised to have achieved. Naturally, that milestone affects the issue--but not as you might expect.
The issue's long--36 pages--and PDF as usual, although all but the last section (My Back Pages, always exclusively PDF) are also available in HTML form from the home page.
This issue includes:
Cites & Insights 8:2 (February 2008) is now available.
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.
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?
For the low, low price of $35.00 (plus shipping), you can acquire Cites & Insights 7, 2007 in paperback form, including full-color cover. (Two library-related photos, one from Alaska, one from Hawaii.)
But wait! There's more! The book version of C&I includes an exclusive bonus, not available anywhere else (as far as I know): Cites on a Plane, the phantom 38-page non-issue that was only available for two weeks in January 2007. It's not in the index--but it is in the book.
What's in COAP? Five
moldy golden oldies:
and an interesting example of Microsoft Word's artificial stupidity at work, -- Read More
Cites & Insights 7:13, December 2007, is now available.
This 22-page issue--PDF as usual, but each essay is also available in HTML form, is another All-Perspectives Issue:
In which I write off five decades in library automation with a 1.5-page non-memoir, summarize the start of an ongoing career in another 1.5 pages, and discuss new directions and what they may mean for the near-term future of Cites & Insights.
Various threads on the state of the professional literature of librarianship.
With the help of Charles Lutwidge Dodson, a baker's dozen assorted mini-perspectives on such topics as out of print in a PoD world, disk storage "too cheap to bill," the means of creativity, the benefits of liblogs...and many more.
If you're not 100% with us, you're against us. If you believe that to be true, you should just skip this essay altogether. -- Read More
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.
Cites & Insights 7:11 (October 2007) is now available.
The 30-page issue (PDF as usual, but HTML separates of each essay are
also available) includes:
Cites & Insights 7:10, September 2007, is now available for downloading.
The 26-page issue, PDF as usual with most essays also available in HTML form, includes:
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:
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...
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...
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....
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?
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.
Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large v.7, issue 8 (July 2007) is now available for downloading.
The 26-page issue (PDF as usual, but essays other than My Back Pages are available in HTML form) includes:
Two quick notes: This was all written before ALA Annual (but with some touchup work and copyfitting done this week)--and there's nary a word about my own future plans.
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:
Indeed, it's a "conference issue"--all about Conferences & Speaking.
After a brief introduction, the issue includes four sections:
There is an HTML version available from the home page--but please do not print out the HTML version in full, as it will use a lot more paper (58 pages as compared to 44 pages for the PDF, in an informal FireFox print-preview test).
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.