Walt at Random

Walt Crawford

Fading away? (More metablogging)

In the past few days, one of the best libloggers called it quits: She explicitly said there won’t be any more posts on that blog. By itself, while it’s noteworthy, I probably wouldn’t post about it. The writer isn’t going away, the archives aren’t going away, and the circumstances may be unusual. But there’s a…

When I wrote this post, I left out a whole second “trigger” because of time and energy. That trigger–once again, wondering whether my humanities background (rhetoric major, math minor) leaves me simply unable to cope with the true Scientific Mind–regarded the format used for publication. Or, to put it another way, the widespread and vehemently-expressed…

Management and leadership

When the Library Leadership Network began, it was mostly about management–and much of the management literature uses terms leadership and management interchangeably. Over time, I’ve tried to distinguish the two. The standard shorthand for that distinction is, I think, a bit too simple: Managers get things done right. Leaders find the right things to do.…

Angel Rivera was kind enough, in commenting on my previous post, to say “Yes, what you do is information science.” I wonder sometimes–both about the field called “information science” and about whether what I do fits within it. A snarky way to put this might be: Can you do information science if you’re not part…

Here I am on ScienceBlogs, thanks to the loose definition of “science” that lets in “information science” and the even looser definition of “information science” that includes whatever it is I do. And yesterday I found myself wondering whether I had any business being here–although the thought was more along the lines of “Holy cr*p!…

It would be nice to say that the Library Leadership Network grows through advance planning and scheduled changes. It would also be nonsense. Sure, there’s an overall plan (of sorts), but weekly changes tend to be opportunistic–articles grow and change depending on what I encounter and what’s suggested to me. Many LLN articles are composites,…

Counting cycles

I picked up a little buzz about Google software engineers planning to rework the guts of some major open-source software to make it run faster. Since it wasn’t software I use, I didn’t read enough to remember what software, but it brought up memories… Walking to school in the snow, 3 miles, uphill, both ways…

I’m not snarky by nature. Really I’m not. Or, well, I’m recognizing that pure snark rarely improves a situation, and trying to reduce the amount of it within the e-zine. I got rid of one running section that was always negative by nature, just because it was always negative by nature. But sometimes, just for…

Trends & Quick Takes

The penultimate section of the July 2009 Cites & Insights is Trends & Quick Takes–another “occasional” feature, this one for little thoughts that are more substantive than the foolishness in My Back Pages but not substantive enough for their own essays. Realistically, most pieces of this section would work nicely as blog posts–and there is…

Perspective: On Privatization

Do words have meanings–meanings that change slowly over time–or did that noted logician Charles L. Dodgson get it right when he had one of his more scholarly characters, H. Dumpty, assert that: When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean–neither more nor less To some extent, this essay–the second…