Current Cites

July 2011

Edited by Roy Tennant

Contributors: Warren Cheetham, Alison Cody, Peter Hirtle, Leo Robert Klein, Roy Tennant, Jesús Tramullas

Una profesión, un futuro. Actas de las XII Jornadas Españolas de Documentación  (June 2011)( - The Jornadas Españolas de Documentación (Spanish Conference on Documentation) held in different cities of Spain every two years. They are organized by FESABID (Spanish Federation of Societies of Archivist, Librarians, Documentalist and Museology). The published proceedings reflect the state of activity and professional development, and it is possible to obtain an overview of the evolution of the field in Spain. Those for 2011 are structured around four themes: evolution, innovation, management and services. The proceedings include short papers on work experiences. - JT

Ashcroft, Linda. "Ebooks in libraries: an overview of the current situationLibrary Management  32(6/7)(2011): 398-407. ( - Recognising that the ebook marketplace, and library use of ebooks, is rapidly growing and evolving, it can be a daunting prospect to know where to start getting a birds-eye view of this topic. This paper presents a summary of various research projects conducted into the use of ebooks in Academic and Public libraries over the last few years. It presents a useful summary of numbers and percentages - how many libraries are providing how many e-titles and how many people are using them. This may be useful for library staff building business cases and trying to convince others of the take-up of ebooks in the sector. A short summary of new activities by ebook suppliers is useful, however the inevitable time lag between this literature review being completed and final publication being made available leads to obvious gaps. Still, it is a good start for library staff wanting to get a handle on the topic of ebook use. - WC

Clement, Gail, and Melissa  Levine. "Copyright and Publication Status of Pre-1978 Dissertations: A Content Analysis Approachportal: Libraries and the Academy  11(3)(July 2011): 813-829 . ( - Ph.D. dissertations represent the largest mass of unique bibliographic titles in any research library. There is therefore great interest in digitizing and making this material publicly available. How can it be done, however, without violating copyright? Clement and Levine examine everything they can find written on copyright and dissertations prior to 1978 and conclude that depositing a dissertation in a library or sending it to UMI "published" that thesis for copyright purposes. If the author did not follow the regulations regarding notice and renewal, the dissertation could easily have entered the public domain. A potentially large percentage of pre-1978 dissertations are therefore free of copyright restrictions. Clement and Levine also note that it is unclear whether dissertation authors knew that their works potentially entered the public domain when added to a library; they promise to investigate this topic further. This is substantial research on a difficult and important topic. While it hasn't changed the conclusion I reached in Copyright & Cultural Institutions that schools should seek the permission of former students before digitizing their dissertations, the article has convinced me that ethical, not legal, reasons are at the heart of my recommended approach. - PH

Doi, Carolyn, James  Mason, and Jared  Wiercinski. "Mobile Access to Audio and Video Collections in Libraries and Other Cultural InstitutionsPartnership: the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research  6(1)(July 2011)( - While there has been much written about how libraries can provide mobile access to library services, such as getting research help, there has been less focus on providing access to the collections themselves. Here, the authors chose to explore providing mobile access to online audio and video content. While libraries have put much of this online, the focus has not been on how mobile users will access it. To start, the authors provide a couple of examples of well-done webpages providing access to audio files, and compare how they render on mobile phones, where the user experience differs quite a bit. Next, they move on to three case studies. First, an iPhone app created by the National Film Board of Canada, which grew out of a project to provide online access to some of their holdings. Second, a project that took a similar path at Concordia University, where the library is providing mobile access to sound recordings from their course reserves. And lastly, Denver Public Library's initiative to expand storytime outside the library by creating podcasts of librarians reading children's books. The three projects offer a glimpse of some of the different methods a library can use when considering how to provide mobile access to audio and video materials. - AC

Donovan, Stephen K. "Big Journals, Small Journals, and the Two Peer ReviewsJournal of Scholarly Publishing  42(4)(July 2011): 534-538. ( - Everyone talks about ‘peer review’ but nobody does anything about it, or rather, nobody takes the time to describe how it actually works. The short answer at least according to the author of this article, is that it works in two ways depending on the standing of the journal. For journals at the very top, peer review serves "to provide a specialist assessment for editor(s) who need to reject many more papers than they have space to accept". In other words, the emphasis is on rejection. For journals further down the 'food chain' however, where every submission is a prized possession, peer review becomes more a process of coaching so that the article can be improved enough for eventual publication. This distinction, the author feels, is particularly helpful for understanding peer review for those contemplating the reviewing. - LRK

Ford, Paul. "Facebook and the Epiphanator: An End to Endings?New York  (18 July 2011)( - This thoughtful and thought-provoking piece isn't just about Facebook, despite the title. Don't get me wrong, it is a lot about Facebook but it is also about many other kinds of social media as well as other players in our media space. The colleague who turned me on to this article said he had read it three times, and having it read just once I can see why. A taste: "Apple couldn't get much bigger without selling oil, while the media industry has been reduced to dime-size buttons that show up on iPhone screens. Google regularly announces initiatives to "save" the newspaper and book industries — like a modern-day hunter who proclaims himself a conservationist. And Facebook, having already swallowed up enormous chunks of discretionary media consumption time, has its old- school media counterparts chasing after "Likes" as if they were cocaine being dispensed in a lab rat's cage." This is a feast in a world of sparse meals. Bon appetit! - RT

Potter, William Gray, Colleen  Cook, and Martha  Kyrillidou. ARL Profiles: Research Libraries 2010  Washington, DC: Association of Research Libraries, April 2011.( - This report summarizes and discusses the results from analyzing 82 "narrative profiles" of ARL member institutions. Six broad categories of themes were identified for analysis: 1) Management and Self-Assessment, 2) Collaboration and Support—External, 3) Collaboration and Support—Internal, 4) Library Services, 5) Branch Libraries, and 6) Collections. Although the outcome of this effort is targeted at assisting ARL in creating an effective strategic plan, the findings from this analysis provides a useful snapshot of large academic research libraries at this point in time. As they point out, such a survey has a limited and short lifespan given the nature and speed of change, but for now it is useful as a glimpse into how management staff at these institutions view their challenges and opportunities. - RT