Current Cites

March 2009

Edited by Roy Tennant

Contributors: Charles W. Bailey, Jr., Keri Cascio, Roy Tennant, Jesús Tramullas

Best Practices for Publishing Journal Articles  Philadelphia, PA: The National Federation of Advanced Information Services, 13 February 2009.( - The advent of the Internet and tools to foster the publication of journals online has led to a number of new problems faced by abstracting and indexing services. One of the major changes in online publication is the release of individual articles prior to the release of a journal issue. The National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS), which serves many such organizations, convened a working group to look into the problems arising from this practice. They identified the following problems that article-by-article publication posed to indexers: "1) Identifying the article of record; handling versions in a way that minimizes confusion and provides the appropriate citation data early. 2) Knowing that an issue - or a "package"of articles - is complete. 2) Abstracting and indexing services receiving articles published online without page numbers, while page numbers are added to another version at a later date. 4) Assuring that articles are published and included in A&I services more rapidly to provide the best services to authors, readers, and libraries. 5) Assuring that links are made to the article of record; other linking problems. 6) Dealing with workflow issues such as the absence of regular publication dates or the receipt of articles twice - for example, when an article is released and when an issue is completed. 7) Problems with citation structures - missing bibliographic elements, lack of standards for article-by-article publishing resulting in a hodge-podge of practices, no standard for handling articles that do not have page numbers." This 30-page PDF therefore describes a set of best practices for journal publishers that would help alleviate these problems. - RT

"Special Issue on Institutional RepositoriesLibrary Trends  57(2)(2008)( - This special issue on institutional repositories contains the following articles (links are to article preprints): "Introduction: Institutional Repositories: Current State and Future," "Innkeeper at the Roach Motel," "Institutional Repositories in the UK: The JISC Approach," "Strategies for Institutional Repository Development: A Case Study of Three Evolving Initiatives," "Perceptions and Experiences of Staff in the Planning and Implementation of Institutional Repositories," "Institutional Repositories and Research Data Curation in a Distributed Environment," "At the Watershed: Preparing for Research Data Management and Stewardship at the University of Minnesota Libraries," "Case Study in Data Curation at Johns Hopkins University," "Describing Scholarly Works with Dublin Core: A Functional Approach," "The 'Wealth of Networks' and Institutional Repositories: MIT, DSpace, and the Future of the Scholarly Commons," "Leveraging Short-term Opportunities to Address Long-term Obligations: A Perspective on Institutional Repositories and Digital Preservation Programs," and "Shedding Light on the Dark Data in the Long Tail of Science." - CB

Albanese, Andrew. "In a First, Oregon State University Library Faculty Adopts Strong OA PolicyLibrary Journal  (25 March 2009)( - Adding to the flurry of U.S. open access mandates this year at the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government, the Harvard Law School, MIT, and the Stanford University School of Education, the library faculty at Oregon State University have adopted an open access policy (see also the Guidelines for LFA Open Access Mandate). This appears to be the first such open access mandate adopted by a U.S. academic library. The policy applies to certain types of scholarly works (e.g., articles) created by library faculty during the course of their employment after March 2009, and it grants the library "a nonexclusive, irrevocable, worldwide license to exercise any and all rights under copyright relating to our scholarly work, in any medium, and to authorize others to do the same, provided that the works are properly attributed to the authors and not sold for a profit." By the time of a work's publication or distribution, library faculty are to deposit a digital copy of the published version of the work in ScholarsArchive@OSU or submit a copy to have it deposited for them. - CB

Jaeger, Paul T., and Zheng  Yen. "One Law with Two Outcomes: Comparing the Implementation of CIPA in Public Libraries and SchoolsInformation Technology & Libraries  28(1)(March 2009): 6-14. ( - COPA (Child Online Protection Act) was struck down this January, but CIPA (Children's Internet Protection Act) lives on. In 2000, CIPA was passed with requirements for both public libraries and public schools to filter their computer access in order to receive federal funding through E-Rate and LSTA. Jaeger and Yan point out that CIPA has been successful as a law since restricts access content instead of the content itself. There are economic problems to the law, though. By 2003, public schools had 100% access to the Internet with federal funding, and 100% had filters in place that complied with CIPA. In 2002, only about 43% of public libraries received E-Rate funding, and about 19% said they would discontinue their E-Rate grants if they were required to filter their computers. There are no hard figures on how many libraries have Internet access, and how many of those are then filtered. Jaeger and Yan lay out why the CIPA has been successfully implemented nation-wide in public schools, and why public libraries have been more cautious. They say it best with the comment: "[...] public libraries are torn between the values of providing safe access for younger patrons and broad access for adult patrons who may have no other means of accessing the Internet." The authors also call for a revision of public policy, and warns against treating public libraries and public schools as interchangeable entities in creating future legislation. - KC

Margaix, Didac. Informe APEI Sobre Web Social  (November 2008)( - This work (in Spanish) is a specialized report about different possibilities and tools that Web 2.0 technologies provide to libraries, archives, and information services units. Through the 15 chapters the features of blogs, wikis, syndication, social networks, and social tagging and cataloguing are detailed. This includes instructions and tools for cooperative digital collection development, as well as examples of the use of these tools in real library environments. - JT

Peis, Eduardo, Enrique  Herrera-Viedma, and José M.  Morales del Castillo. "Modelo de Servicio Semántico de Difusión Selectiva de Información (DSI) para Bibliotecas Digitales"  El Profesional de la Información  17(5)(October 2008): 519-525. - This work (in Spanish) proposes the application of semantic web technologies in order to develop a selective broadcast information service for digital libraries. Hence, personalized RSS feeds have been used, assigning index terms by automatically comparing the content against a SKOS tagged thesaurus. This functionality allows university libraries to provide personalized support to the their students. - JT

Salo, Dorothea. "Innkeeper at the Roach MotelLibrary Trends  57(2)(Fall 2008): 98-123. ( - This piece comes from a special issue of Library Trends (also cited separately in this issue of Current Cites). Anyone with an institutional repository (IR), or a hankering to have one, should read this piece. The author has been a self-described "repository rat" for some years, and so writes with not only a knowledge of the topic, but also with a righteous wrath that is expressed in direct prose that may surprise those accustomed to the usual academic separation of the author from the subject. No, here Salo is clearly writing about something quite important to her, and she's worked up a pretty good lather about it. Her main saving grace is that she is, by and large, right. Also, rather than end the article after a lengthy litany of failures, she redeems the piece with some specific suggestions on how to save the day. Since the preprint has been out for over a year, there has already been discussion of it, and as Salo herself reports, some remediation of the problems she identified. But I also expect the official publication to spur additional discussion and, one hopes, work to address the issues she identifies. The author's copy is also available (of course) in the author's institutional repository. - RT

Willinsky, John. "Toward the Design of an Open Monograph PressJournal of Electronic Publishing  12(1)(2009)( - The Public Knowledge Project's open source Open Journal Systems software has become the platform of choice for many scholarly electronic journals published by universities, libraries, and other noncommercial organizations. Consequently, its Open Monograph Press, which is under development, is of keen interest to the academic community, especially in a time when university presses are struggling to survive and a major press (the University of Michigan Press) has announced that it will emphasize digital monographs in the future. This paper overviews the sorry state of scholarly monograph publishing and provides the first detailed look into the innovative architecture of the Open Monograph Press. - CB