Thursday, September 21, 2006

Cites & Insights 6:12 available

Cites & Insights 6:12, October 2006, is now available for downloading.

The 26-page issue (PDF as usual, but you can download HTML separates), which seems to have mostly long essays with long titles, includes:

  • Open Access Perspective, Part I: Pioneer OA Journals: The Arc of Enthusiasm, Five Years Later - If you're aware of my 2001 study, Getting Past the Arc of Enthusiasm, you'll know what this is about: Seeing how many early free scholarly ejournals made it through more than a decade of publishing.

  • Old Media/New Media: Books, Bookstores and Ebooks - Inaugurating a new section with various items on print books, bookstores (OK, mostly Cody's), and ebooks.

  • Interesting & Peculiar Products - seven items, including good inexpensive keyboards (think name brand), cheap steganography, and the 25 worst tech products.

  • Open Access Perspective, Part II: Pioneer OA Journals: Preliminary Additions from DOAJ - How many other free scholarly ejournals have been around since 1995? This piece provides a preliminary answer to that question (maybe somewhere between 84 and 147, maybe not).

  • Offtopic Perspective: SciFi Classics 50 Movie Pack, Part 2 - 24 more flicks, from Pongo to Eegah, John Agar (& Zontar!) to Gamera, no-budget redneck nonsense to the sons of Hercules.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Cites & Insights 6:11 available

Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large 6:11 (September 2006) is now available for downloading.

The 22-page issue (PDF as usual, but most essays are also available as HTML separates from the home page) includes:

  • Perspective: The New Site & COWLZ: A Lost Opportunity? - The largest essay: Why C&I moved, and the history of COWLZ (such as it is), from start to (apparent) finish, with notes on the gray literature of librarianship.

  • Bibs & Blather - A few things I'd rather not write about and some quick followups from previous issues.

  • Trends & Quick Takes - 4 "trends" (including a back-and-forth on gen-gen) and four quicker takes.

  • The Censorware Chronicles - 10 things you might not know about censorware and a new (and better) "Internet filters: A public policy report"

  • The Library Stuff - Nine or sixteen items, depending on how you look at it.

  • My Back Pages - Nine little rants

And for those of you who stayed away for the summer: Don't forget Cites & Insights 6:10, August 2006: "Looking at Liblogs," a 30-page essay looking at 213 blogs from library people.