Current Cites

May 2009

Edited by Roy Tennant

Contributors: Charles W. Bailey, Jr., Warren Cheetham, Alison Cody, Roy Tennant

Folkestad, James E. "Promoting Collaboration: The Physical Arrangement of Library ComputersLibrary Hi Tech News  26(1/2)(2009): 18-19. (;jsessionid=20D63580D393946EE328BD5F553256BF?contentType=Article&contentId=1789958). - As library print collections shrink and libraries are reconfigured to provide learning spaces and easy access to growing digital collections, the fundamental layout of computing spaces becomes an important consideration. Web 2.0 tools encourage collaboration, discussion and sharing, so why shouldn't the physical layout of the computers used to access online information do the same? This paper looks at "the interface of the concepts of collaborative learning and physical arrangements of computer laboratories". The author considers a number of layout options for computer desks in a library / learning environment based on published case studies, and then proposes an adaptation of the Center for Science, Mathematics and Technology Education (CSMATE) model of computer work station arrangement. - WC

Hadro, Josh. "Cornell Library Lifts Restrictions on Public Domain WorksLibrary Journal Academic Newswire  (14 May 2009)( - The Cornell University Library has eliminated license requirements for reproductions of digitized public domain works, including over 70,000 e-books donated to the Internet Archive. In a May 11, 2009 press release, Oya Y. Rieger, Associate University Librarian for Information Technologies, said: "Imposing legally binding restrictions on these digital files would have been very difficult and in a way contrary to our broad support of open access principles. It seemed better just to acknowledge their public domain status and make them freely usable for any purpose. And since it doesn't make sense to have different rules for material that is reproduced at the request of patrons, we have removed permission obligations from public domain works." The press release also said: "Institutional restrictions on the use of public domain work, sometimes labeled 'copyfraud,' have been the subject of much scholarly criticism. The Cornell initiative goes further than many other recent attempts to open access to public domain material by removing restrictions on both commercial and non-commercial use." - CB

Jaeger, Paul T., Jimmy  Lin, and Justin M.  Grimes, et. al."Where is the Cloud? Geography, Economics, Environment, and Jurisdiction in Cloud ComputingFirst Monday  14(5)(4 May 2009)( - The concept of "cloud computing" seems to have burst upon the general consciousness in recent times, although it is not all that new. Amazon has been offering cloud services for several years, for example, to anyone willing to pay. And before that there were research implementations. But nonetheless, the authors assert that there are several important questions to ponder regarding effective cloud computing that have yet to be answered. Some of these questions include legal jurisdictions, corporate or government control of information, legal and policy issues, and environmental concerns. One of their key recommendations is that "it is imperative for cloud providers and cloud users to promulgate initiatives to promote awareness of these issues among government officials and to bring these issues before the proper legislative bodies." - RT

Liston, Samuel. "OPACs and the Mobile RevolutionComputers in Libraries  29(5)(May 2009): 6-17. ( - Have you ever tried to use your library's website and OPAC from a smartphone (such as the iPhone or a BlackBerry)? Many of us probably think that the number of patrons who try to use the library from a smartphone is relatively small, and thus not worth worrying about. While the author notes that smartphone adoption within the general public ranges from 5-10%, use of these types of devices by college freshman is already up to 66%. That's a number that should make you wonder what they're seeing when they try to find a book from their BlackBerry. In this article, Liston uses online emulators that simulate the experience of surfing the web from an iPhone, a BlackBerry, and a phone running the Windows Mobile operating system. Using these tools, he conducts a search for a book in a SirsiDynix catalog, one from Innovative Interfaces, and finally an AquaBrowser catalog. Results for Windows Mobile and the BlackBerry's OS were mixed; they ran into a variety of problems, but in most cases managed to display the information in some way. It is probably not surprising to hear that the iPhone's browser handled all of the catalogs quite well. Overall, Liston finds that Innovative does the best job of displaying on a mobile device, while AquaBrowser does the worst -- it won't even load on the BlackBerry. Along the way, he points out a variety of pitfalls and display problems; these include the BlackBerry's inability to use JavaScript, and problems with Flash on the iPhone. While there may not be much that an individual library can do to make their catalog more accessible for mobile users, we can lobby our vendors to do so, and at least make our websites usable. That way, when someone can't find a book from their BlackBerry, they can at least find the number for the reference desk. - AC

Milstein, Sarah. "Twitter for Libraries (and Librarians)Computers in Libraries  29(5)(May 2009): 17-18. ( - My brother recently said that he hadn't ever heard of Twitter and now he hears about it all the time. Although Twitter has been around for years, it only recently made it big -- at least partly through the attention of famous people. So this piece is timely and serves as a useful introduction to this "microblogging" service and how it can be effectively used by librarians -- both for personal reasons and to promote their organizations. Milstein provides examples on how different types of libraries use Twitter as well as specific suggestions on how to interact. - RT

Suber, Peter. "An OA Mandate for U of Oregon Library FacultyOpen Access News  (7 May 2009)( - On May 7, 2009, the University of Oregon Library Faculty unanimously adopted a strong open access mandate that included putting its scholarly articles under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States license. The mandate states that: "To facilitate distribution of the scholarly articles, as of the date of publication, each faculty member will make available an electronic copy of the author's final version of the article and full citation at no charge to a designated representative of the Libraries in appropriate formats (such as PDF) specified by the Libraries. After publication, the University of Oregon Libraries will make the scholarly article available to the public in the UO's institutional repository." The mandate provides for a waiver that can be granted by the Dean of the Libraries. The mandate follows one by the Oregon State University Libraries faculty on March 6, 2009 and a mandate by the Academic Council of Libraries and Cultural Resources at the University of Calgary on May 1, 2009. It was followed by an open access pledge by the Gustavus Adolphus College library faculty on May 14, 2009. In an interesting related development, the Department of Romance Languages at the University of Oregon adopted a mandate on May 14, 2009 that also included a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States license requirement. - CB