Friday, November 21, 2008

The Liblog Landscape 2007-2008 now available

Since this book has been discussed so often in C&I, it seems only reasonable to mention this here:
The Liblog Landscape 2007-2008

The Liblog Landscape 2007-2008: A Lateral Look is now available!

This 285-page 6x9 trade paperback looks at 607 liblogs (nearly all English-language) and, for most of them, how they've changed from 2007 to 2008.

Eleven chapters consider the universe of liblogs (that is, blogs by "library people" as opposed to blogs from libraries):

  • Age, authorship, country of origin

  • Number of posts during a three-month period (and change in that number from 2007 to 2008)

  • Total word count and average post length (and change)

  • Total comments and comments per post (and change)

  • Total figures (illustrations) and figures per post (and change)

  • Patterns of change from 2007 to 2008

  • Correlations between pairs of metrics

  • A look at 143 blogs from 2006 through 2008

  • Interesting subgroups (national, authorship, type of librarian)

  • The visibility issue

  • Liblogs and the larger blogosphere

The final chapter, just over half the book, provides a brief objective description and available metrics for each blog. The book includes many tables and a fair number of graphs. There is an index of blogs and authors.

It's the most comprehensive look at liblogs ever done--and the only one I know of that shows how they're changing from year to year.

Earlybird Price

From now through January 15, 2009, and only from Lulu, The Liblog Landscape 2007-2008 is available for $22.50 plus shipping.

On January 16 or thereabouts, that price will go up to $35.00. If and when the book is available on Amazon, it will immediately sell for $35.00.

Want to know more?

You'll find a lot more about the book (or the process of creating it) by clicking on the "Liblog Landscape" category. Additionally, I plan to do a series of posts offering brief descriptions of each chapter, posing some puzzles and noting how often each blog appears in the index.

The best way to find out more, of course, is to order the book.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

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.

I believe a paperback version of the entire volume will be available, but not for a few weeks.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

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."

Retrospective: Pointing with Pride, Part 8

Just two more to go...

My Back Pages

Three audio-related pieces--but two other mini-snarks that are a little closer to home.