Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Cites & Insights 8:2 available

Cites & Insights 8:2 (February 2008) is now available.

The 24-page issue (PDF as always, but all articles are also available as HTML separates) includes:

  • Announcing Academic Library Blogs: 231 Examples - The latest from Cites & Insights Books, a $29.50 289-page paperback that complements Public Library Blogs: 252 Examples. Included are brief notes, the list of academic institutions represented, examples of blog coverage for both books, the announcement of $20 PDF downloads for those who just can't stand print books--and a few notes on the status of Cites & Insights Books.

  • Trends & Quick Takes: Trends and Forecasts - Time to look at some pundits' scorecards and forecasts, along with some of the trends from the LITA Top Tech Trendspotters, with some of my comments interleaved.

  • Bibs & Blather: Midwinter Musings - Notes on a much warmer Philadelphia Midwinter, along with a special essay based on an odd but not unique occurrence: "Leadership and Initiative: The Case of the Empty Chairs."

  • Offtopic Perspective: 50 Movie Western Classics, Part 1 - Roy Rogers is riding tonight, as are Tex Ritter, Gene Autry, John Wayne and a slew of others. A bunch of one hour "oaters" and a handful of pretty good pictures.

When I chatted with a few of you at Midwinter, I may have expressed concern that the February issue might be some combination of late, short and peculiar, since I didn't think I had any of it written (I forgot about the Offtopic Perspective). Well, one out of three ain't bad: It's not late and it's not short. Enjoy.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Cites & Insights 8:1 availale

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 downloadingThe 30-page issue (PDF as always, but HTML separates for each essay are also available) includes:

Cites & Insights Books at ( 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.

Some thoughts after a few weeks working on the PALINET Leadership Network, including my current take on "Who's a leader?"

A full year after the previous coverage of Open Content Alliance and Google Book Search, it's time for some updates, but also a quick retrospective of C&I coverage of these projects.

Does "everybody" actually use Netflix? Have we all become upper middle class? Is there some limit to disposable income--and are some of us disposing of income we don't really have? Some thoughts on ubiquity and reality.

Next month? Maybe back to "normal," whatever that might be--and maybe, just maybe, the academic library companion to Public Library Blogs: 252 Examples.