Cites & Insights 12:5 (June 2012) Available

Cites & Insights 12:5 (June 2012) is now available for downloading at

A single-column 6×9 version, suitable for ereaders, is available at

The 24-page issue (43 pages in the single-column version) is PDF as usual. The individual essays are also available in HTML form at or use the essay name links below.

This issue includes:

The Front (pp. 1-4)

Announcing Give Us a Dollar and We’ll Give You Back Four, a study of public library benefits and funding designed to help libraries see where they stand and work to improve funding.

Also noting “the books your library needs”–two recent books published by professional library-oriented publishers that I believe are essential for, respectively, every academic and most special (and some public) library and every public and some academic and special libraries.

The Middle: Forecasts (pp. 4-12)

Following up the May essay on futurism with a whole bunch of specific forecasts–the one-year kind that can be tested and usually found wanting.

Policy: Copyright: Fair Use, Part 1 (pp. 12-24)

Two discussions of fair use in action (or, rather, in court). First, the concluding steps in a farce that has effectively broadened fair use and the recognition that it’s not a defense, it’s the law. Second, earlier steps in a situation more directly relevant to academic libraries, the Georgia State lawsuit–but not the outcome (for now, I stop at the point that the judge issued a decision).


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