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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…

A quick note about the archives

Most, but not all, of the archives for the original version of this blog now appear here. I omitted old movie reviews, cruise line commentaries, and a handful of “temporal posts”–ones that really have no meaning at this point. In all, I omitted less than 10% of the posts. There are a lot of posts…

Enlightening or disturbing?

I was going to write a series of posts describing each essay in the current Cites & Insights, and still plan to do so. But this hit me by surprise–a LISNews item pointing to a makeuseof.com post pointing to Blind Search. Blind Search? People who care deeply about open web search engines spend a lot…

I’ve just published Cites & Insights 9:8 (July 2009). The 30-page issue, PDF as usual but with HTML versions of most essays, includes: Bibs & Blather Notes on sponsorship for C&I, the status of four possible future projects–and the move of Walt at Random to ScienceBlogs. Making it Work Perspective: Thinking about Blogging 2: Why…

A bit of background for those new to Walt at Random The Library Leadership Network (LLN) is “a platform designed to help library leaders (and those who will become leaders) communicate, coordinate, find resources and share information.” It’s a service of Lyrasis, a large library network formed from the merger of two regional library networks,…

I’m Walt Crawford. This is another blog in ScienceBlogs’ new Information Science channel. As with the pioneers, John Dupuis and Christina Pikas, it’s not a new blog. And as with those two–both of whose blogs I’ve followed for years–I was pleasantly surprised when ScienceBlogs contacted me, in the person of Erin Johnson. I was maybe…