Thursday, March 29, 2012

Cites & Insights April 2012 available

Cites & Insights 12:3 (April 2012) is now available.

The 36-page issue is a two-column PDF, as usual; a single-column 6x9 PDF designed for ereading is also available (66 pages: please don't print!). HTML versions of each essay are also available--click on the essay titles.

This issue includes:

Libraries: Public Library Closures: On Not Dropping Like Flies (pp. 1-13)

Original research! The long-winded version of my investigation into actual public library (agency, not branch) closures in 2008 and 2009, as reported by IMLS, where the libraries appear to still be closed. Hint: There aren't many.

The Middle (pp. 13-20)

Another handful of items on a variety of topics that formerly belonged in Trends & Quick Takes

Social Networks: The Social Network Scene, Part 2 (pp. 20-29)

Ten items on social networking topics.

Media: Mystery Collection, Part 5 (pp. 29-36)

Discs 25-30 of the 250-movie Mystery Collection



Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Cites & Insights 12:2 (March 2012) available

Cites & Insights 12:2 (March 2012) has just been published.

The 30-page two-column PDF (designed for printing) represents the new, refreshed Cites & Insights, following the two reader surveys. Contents, available as HTML separates using the links below, include:

The Front (pp. 1-6)

The reinvention or refreshing of Cites & Insights, including results of the two polls, new section names, tweaks to layout and typography, and a discussion of the online PDF alternative, a single-column version (in this case 53 pages) designed for those who read C&I on various sorts of screens--iPads, netbooks, notebooks, Kindles, Nooks and others.

Social Networks (pp. 6-16)

The Social Network Scene, Part 1: Catching up with social network miscellany

The Middle (pp. 16-26)

A range of items that might formerly have appeared in Trends & Quick Takes: the non-death of desktop software; "smarter, dumber or both"; closing the digital frontier (or not); and lots more.

The Back (pp. 26-30)

Notes from the 1%, stereo prices and other snark.

A note on versions

While the two-column print-oriented Cites & Insights is the version of record, with the most careful layout and typography, I'm adding a third option (in addition to the individual HTML essays): an "online PDF" version, single column, set on a 6" x 9" page (28 picas of text, compared to the 20 picas in each of the two standard columns), designed for those who want the PDF but are reading it online or on an e-device.

The online PDF version of Volume 12, Issue 2 is 53 pages. Please don't download it to print out. It's somewhat cruder typographically (there will be bad breaks, for example), but it should work very well on your e-device.