Current Cites

Current Cites, July 2006

Edited by Roy Tennant

Contributors: Charles W. Bailey, Jr., Leo Robert Klein, Roy Tennant

Bakkalbasi, Nisa, Kathleen  Bauer, and Janis  Glover, et. al."Three Options for Citation Tracking: Google Scholar, Scopus and Web of ScienceBiomedical Digital Libraries  3(7)(2006)( - You want a citation database that gives you the highest number of citations possible for articles. Should you use Google Scholar, Scopus, or Web of Science? This article is "an observational study examining these three databases; comparing citation counts for articles from two disciplines (oncology and condensed matter physics) and two years (1993 and 2003)." Its findings: which database is best depends upon the discipline and the year of publication. - CB

Farkas, Meredith. "Continuous Learning: Making it a Priority Without Breaking the BankTechEssence  (23 July 2006)( - I had not intended to cite blog postings or summaries of library technologies being posted at given my deep involvement with that site. So be as wary of this review as you wish, but I urge you to do yourself a favor and check out this piece. Meredith Farkas of Information Wants to be Free fame does her usual insightful, spot-on job with this topic and given that "continuous learning" is also what Current Cites is all about, I couldn't pass it up. Neither should you. - RT

Frade, Patricia A., and Allyson  Washburn. "The University Library: The Center of a University Education?portal: Libraries in the Academy  6(3)(2006): 327-346. ( - Apparently the death of (academic) libraries is premature if the results of usage patterns at BYU can be extended to libraries in general. The authors discuss a survey of library usage from 2001-2002 plus follow-up work they've conducted since. The verdict: Stats are up! Not only are the library and its resources heavily used but the trend is up as well, thanks to extending hours and implementing such popular new services as an "Information Commons". The popularity of these new services are helpful in giving us a glimpse into the library environment of the future. - LRK

Hane, Paula J. "OCLC to Open WorldCat Searching to the WorldNewsBreaks  (17 July 2006)( - Big news at the American Library Association Annual Conference was that OCLC was going to open up WorldCat for free searching by anyone. This formerly licensed-only resource has the combined holdings information thousands of libraries worldwide and is the premier source for information on library held materials. Set to be unveiled in "beta" form sometime in August 2006 at, the service will include all 70-plus million records in the database with an easy-to-use interface and the ability to add a search box to your own web site. In this article Hane provides an overview of the offering based on information from Chip Nilges, vice president, OCLC New Services. - RT

Highsmith, Anne L., and Bennett Claire  Ponsford. "Notes on MetaLib Implementation at Texas A&M University"  Serials Review  (28 July 2006) - Interesting look at the implementation of a federated search system, in this case MetaLib (ExLibris) at Texas A&M University. The library quite wisely set up an "implementation committee" and after several weeks of configuration, tested it on various user groups. The authors discuss the reception the final product received among library staff and they end with a number of suggestions to improve the system. (Note: Article in Press, Corrected Proof) - LRK

Jacobs, Neil, ed. Open Access: Key Strategic, Technical and Economic Aspects  Oxford: Chandos, 2006.( - If you want to know about open access, look no further. Editor Neil Jacobs has assembled a stellar group of OA experts to write chapters on pertinent OA topics that are organized into five major sections: "Open Access -- History, Definitions and Rationale"; "Open Access and Researchers"; "Open Access and Other Participants"; "The Position Around the World"; and "The Future." The book itself isn't OA, but Peter Suber has identified links to self-archived chapters in his "Self-Archived Chapters in the Neil Jacobs Anthology on OA" Open Access News posting. - CB

Lupien, Pascal. " Virtual Reference in the Age of Pop-Up Blockers, Firewalls, and Service Pack 2ONLINE Magazine  30(4)(July/August 2006)( - In this cover story, Lupien identifies a "minefield of obstacles" to providing virtual reference services with full-featured commercial virtual reference software. Such applications can provide a sophisticated interaction with the library user, including such things as screen sharing and co-browsing, but this high level of interaction comes at a price. The full cost of this type of interaction is identified here, with such problems as pop-up blockers, users sequestered behind firewalls, and operating system upgrades getting in the way. All of this Lupien uses as an introduction to Instant Messaging (IM) as a possible substitute or replacement, while acknowledging that it provides many fewer features for both the user and the library. - RT

Roberts, Micheal M. "Lessons for the Future Internet: Learning from the PastEDUCAUSE Review  41(4)(July/August 2006): 16-25. ( - Short but sweet review of what it took to get the Internet to its current stage of development by someone who's been involved with it since the Eighties. This is a healthy reminder that the openness and flexibility of the system didn't happen by accident and yet it's precisely these qualities that have made it a rip-roaring success. On the recent attempt by the Telcos to create what essentially are vertically integrated systems, the author has this to say: "Silos may be fine for grain, but as a business strategy on the Internet, they are headed for the trash heap." I wish I could be as confident. - LRK