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


Selection from Cites & Insights 6, Number 10: August 2006


Bibs & Blather

Just August

When I abandoned the “design and typography” special August issue, I said the next issue would be August/September. Then I finished Looking at Liblogs and realized it requires an issue all to itself. And I looked at the thick folders with material for other essays, and thought about the “changes” essay that I should do covering the site change for C&I.

Given all that, and given that this issue comes out in the first half of August, I’m changing plans again. For a while, I’m going to do the unthinkable: Bring issues out during the cover month. How long will “a while” last? Certainly through September; possibly for the rest of the Fall.

Next time, I hope, a slightly more typical issue.

OCLC and C&I

While the move to citesandinsights.info (a LISHost site) deserves its own essay, changes in C&I because of my new employer may not require much discussion.

As of this writing, I’m still not sure what I’ll be doing within OCLC in the long run. Fortunately, I don’t think that matters for Cites & Insights—except to the extent that I’m working full time rather than 75% time, which leaves a whole lot less spare time for reading, writing and relaxing.

Working for OCLC will affect what I write about to some extent. I’m unlikely to do detailed examinations of OCLC-produced documents; there’s just no way that doesn’t come off as self-serving. (RLG DigiNews wasn’t produced by RLG, so there was no conflict of interest.) I’m probably not going to do either snarky or laudatory commentaries on OCLC systems and services—but I haven’t really been doing that anyway, since in that case working for RLG already created a presumed conflict of interest.

Otherwise? Not so much, as far as I can tell. There’s more than enough to write about. OCLC no more wants to control what I write than RLG did, which is to say not at all.

Worthwhile?

Fact: My plan for “lots of summer time spent reading, relaxing, going on short trips, organizing music, and all that” hasn’t worked out that well. The return to full-time work is partly to blame (various factors eliminated those mini-vacations), but there’s another factor. To wit, Looking at Liblogs.

The project took a lot longer than I expected. I probably spent as much time on this essay as on two regular issues of C&I. So here’s my question:

Was it worth it? Do you find this valuable? Let me know: waltcrawford@gmail.com

Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large, Volume 6, Number 10, Whole Issue 80, ISSN 1534-0937, a journal of libraries, policy, technology and media, is written and produced by Walt Crawford, a systems analyst at OCLC.

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