Monday, June 25, 2012

Cites & Insights July 2012 (12:6) available

The July 2012 issue of Cites & Insights (12:6) is now available at The issue is 32 pages long. A single-column 6x9 version, designed for use on ereaders, is also available at The single-column version is 62 pages long and intended only for ereading, not for printing. The issue includes:

Libraries: Give Us a Dollar: A Case Study pp. 1-6

Would a refined version of Give Us a Dollar and We'll Give You Back Four be directly useful to a few hundred (or a few thousand) public libraries? This two-part example shows how a mythical New York library (directly based on two real libraries) might use a heavily revised version--and how it might use the current version. I'm still looking for reviewers and feedback before deciding how to proceed; these case studies might help.

Policy: Copyright: Fair Use, Part 2 pp. 6-29

The second part of the fair use roundup that began in the May issue. This part includes cites & comments for eleven items relating to fair use and academic libraries (other than the GSU case), ten items on various aspects of fair use in the real world--and a "once over lightly" on GSU events since the judge issued her decision, noting 18 discussions on what's happened since.

The Back pp. 29-32

Ten brief essays on various possibly amusing topics.
The three essays are also available as HTML separates (the headings above are links if you're reading this on a blog) at

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Cites & Insights 12:5 (June 2012) available

Cites & Insights 12:5 (June 2012) is now available for downloading at

A single-column 6x9 version, suitable for ereaders, is available at The 24-page issue (43 pages in the single-column version) is PDF as usual.

The individual essays are also available in HTML form at or use the essay name links below. This issue includes:

The Front (pp. 1-4)

Announcing Give Us a Dollar and We'll Give You Back Four, a study of public library benefits and funding designed to help libraries see where they stand and work to improve funding. Also noting "the books your library needs"--two recent books published by professional library-oriented publishers that I believe are essential for, respectively, every academic and most special (and some public) library and every public and some academic and special libraries.

The Middle: Forecasts (pp. 4-12)

Following up the May essay on futurism with a whole bunch of specific forecasts--the one-year kind that can be tested and usually found wanting.

Policy: Copyright: Fair Use, Part 1 (pp. 12-24)

Two discussions of fair use in action (or, rather, in court). First, the concluding steps in a farce that has effectively broadened fair use and the recognition that it's not a defense, it's the law. Second, earlier steps in a situation more directly relevant to academic libraries, the Georgia State lawsuit--but not the outcome (for now, I stop at the point that the judge issued a decision).