January 11, 2006

Cites & Insights: Walk Crawford on Library 2.0 and "Library 2.0"

.: The latest issue of Cites & Insights, v6 n2 Midwinter 2006, is out, and is one long, 32-page, 26,000 word essay by Walt Crawford titled, Library 2.0 and "Library 2.0". Walt writes::

I was reading stuff about something called "Library 2.0"--but the posts and items didn't seem to cohere. I thought I could gather some statements, print them out, read them through, provide excerpts and commentary, and maybe make sense of the whole thing. I planned a typical PERSPECTIVE, probably 3,500 to 7,500 words (5 to 10 pages). Along with a ©4: Locking Down Technology essay (on moves to resurrect the Broadcast Flag and a bill to close the analog hole), it would be one of two major pieces in a varied February 2006 Cites & Insights.

Unfortunately for well-laid plans, the more I read about Library 2.0 the more confused I got--and the more I felt the need for a broad overview not written by an advocate or evangelist. The core essay grew to 14,000 words. Editing cut that to about 13,000 and suggested the need to add more. (Final word count:just over 26,000 words including prologue and epilogue.) The result: This special issue--which I'm releasing as a single HTML file because I don't want this prologue separated from the main essay.

October 24, 2005

Various Items of Interest

.: The latest .pdf edition of Walt Crawford's Cites & Incites, v5 n12 November 2005, is available.

.: Interesting piece from Inside Higher Education: A Call To Action Against Intelligent Design reports on the "state of the university" address by Cornell University’s interim president, Hunter R. Rawlings III, given last Friday. He calls upon faculty members across subject disciplines to involve themselves in public discussions regarding why intelligent design is both popular and incorrect.

.: Issue 5 of IOP's Librarian Insider is available (.pdf format.)

September 28, 2005


.: A few tidbits of interest in an otherwise quiet week:

August 12, 2005

Cites & Insights

:: The v5 n10, September 2005 issue of Cites & Insights - Crawford at Large, is out, and includes a lengthy and somewhat mathematical analysis of what Walt terms to be "library-people" blogs, in a piece called Investigating the Biblioblogosphere. STLQ is mentioned, which I appreciate very much, as is Pod Bay Door, my other, personal blog (on which postings have been few and far between for the past few weeks). I will let Walt know that PBD might best be considered as outside the library blog world, the only real connection being that the author of the blog is a librarian.

As a result of Walt's analysis, I am aware of a few more blogs in said biblioblogosphere.

Follow-up: I e-mailed Walt regarding the inclusion of Pod Bay Door, suggesting that he filter out blogs written by librarians which have little or no library content, and he responded with the following explanation:

I deliberately didn't try to do that kind of a filter. The article is really about "library-people blogs." I also deliberately omitted two major categories of "library-related blogs": Large-group blogs and those done by libraries themselves.
:: Speaking of interesting library blogs, check out why Ross Singer, librarian at Georgia Tech (and fellow guitarist, albeit bass guitarist) thinks that librarians are arrogant asses.

August 4, 2005

Newsletters and Stuff

:: Recent E-STREAMS are available, including April, May and June-July 2005.

:: The latest Cites & Insights from Walt Crawford is out.

:: Pter Jacso provides a detailed and critical review of Journal Citation Reports in the August 2005 Pter's Digital Reference Shelf.