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Cites & Insights 9:9 (August 2009) is now available–just in time for the 2009 ALA Annual Conference. That’s not a coincidence, to be sure; although the issue may not be directly relevant to the conference, if I didn’t publish it now, it wouldn’t be out until at least July 19. This one’s 32 pages, PDF…

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…

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…

Interesting & peculiar products

The third section of the July 2009 Cites & Insights is an installment of an occasional series, Interesting & Peculiar Products. When C&I began (in December 2000, as the ejournal continuation of a monthly print-newsletter section that ran from 1995 through 2000), much of its focus was personal computing and related technologies. This is one…

A few words about Bibs & Blather

Long-time readers of Cites & Insights will know all this. Bibs & Blather is my alternate name for the ejournal itself–and may have made more sense when the ejournal (ezine?) was heavily composed of “Cites,” that is, citations for various articles and discussions of those articles. Bibs & Blather is also the running head for…

The first major essay in Cites & Insights 9:8 carries forward a set of discussions that began in the April 2009 issue, Cites & Insights 9:5. Both essays are largely “masses of metablogging”–that is, blogging about blogging–with a healthy amount of commentary and synthesis. The earlier essay (which, if you hate PDF and don’t mind…