Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large
ISSN 1534-0937
Libraries · Policy · Technology · Media

Selection from Cites & Insights 8, Number 4: April 2008

Bibs & Blather

What’s Not Here

An odd title, I know—but this is another one of those introductory essays that’s literally that: An informal introduction to the rest of the issue.

The rest of the issue is three big Perspectives, all of them dealing with continuing themes. That wasn’t my original plan, but it’s how things worked out:

Ø  With all the hoohah about Amazon’s Kindle, I thought it was time to look at ebooks again. (I was working on a summary at PALINET Leadership Network too—and you should consider joining PLN at if you’re not already a member. Free, fast, open to anyone who is or thinks they might eventually be a library leader of any sort.) My first draft was way long. When I went to edit it, I didn’t find big chunks I was willing to cut.

Ø  The Making it Work piece grows out of a multiway blog conversation I was involved in, one with no recriminations and a useful exchange of views—and an ongoing frustration I’d felt at some earlier lists of a very different nature. I couldn’t see making this one shorter.

Ø  I originally hoped to “catch up” on Library Access to Scholarship, since the most recent one was several months back. Harvard University took care of that goal, but in a good way—the Harvard faculty’s action is one of the most promising signs I’ve seen toward progress on open access.

Ø  I also planned to begin a ten-part “retrospective” on the first hundred issues of Cites & Insights in this issue. The first part is all written and edited.

Ø  I finished the first half of the 50 Movie Hollywood Legends DVD box, and that’s an interesting set of mini-reviews.

Ø  I was planning an essay on Citizendium with maybe some notes attached on Wikipedia.

Ø  I know I’m overdue with some comments on copyright. Maybe next time. Maybe not.

When I finished editing the five essays on hand (four medium-length and one double-length), I had way too much for a plausible issue—particularly one following an overlength issue (where at least I had a good excuse). So, biting the bullet, I postponed the Retrospective and the movie reviews until next time—and there’s half an issue already written and edited.

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Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large, Volume 8, Number 4, Whole Issue 101, ISSN 1534-0937, a journal of libraries, policy, technology and media, is written and produced by Walt Crawford, Director and Managing Editor of the PALINET Leadership Network.

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