Current Cites

February 2012

Edited by Roy Tennant

http://lists.webjunction.org/currentcites/2012/cc12.23.2.html

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


Auckland, Mary. Re-skilling for Research  London: Research Libraries UK (RLUK), January 2012.(http://www.rluk.ac.uk/files/RLUK%20Re-skilling.pdf). - Research Libraries UK commissioned this work to determine what the new requirements of researchers are, and how best those needs could be met by the library. They also wanted to consider how library staff may need to change to meet these new requirements. This excerpt from the Executive Summary might entice you to read more: "Building on existing competencies may only be part of the picture if research libraries are to continue to provide responsive and relevant support and services to support the information and data management needs of researchers. The support and services research libraries are charged with providing will have to be clearly articulated and their benefits expressed in terms of researchers' needs and how these will be met actively, they will have to be delivered within a timeframe that corresponds to researchers' patterns of work, and they will have to be vigorously and assertively promoted. They will need to ensure they have staff who embrace the role they play and feel confident and skilled to deliver the support and services expected of them, and they will need to do it soon." - RT

Deloitte. "Deloitte Technology, Media and Telecommunications Predictions 2012Deloitte  (January 2012)(http://www.deloitte.com/assets/Dcom-Australia/Local%20Assets/Documents/Industries/TMT/Deloitte_TMT_Predictions_2012.pdf). - Technology trend-spotting and crystal ball gazing is part and parcel of each new year. The predictions of a company like Deloitte are worth taking a look at, with numerous trends in their latest ‘Technology, Media & Telecommunications Predictions’ having relevance to libraries. According to Deloitte’s 2012 predictions, consumer technology purchases (mobile phones, smart phones, tablets, computers and TVs) will grow, despite general economic slowdowns. Tablets in particular will grow in ownership and use, which has implications for content providers and WiFi hotspots. Near Field Communications (NFC) on mobile devices offers interesting options for library membership, circulation, bookings and payments. The section of predictions about Media should be of interest to library marketers, with insights into television advertising, online advertising, market research and social gaming. With only 18 predictions summarized to a page or two each, including a ‘bottom line’ summary, this report is quick and easy to digest and provides good food for thought for short and medium term library technology and marketing planning - WC

Dumbill, Edd. "What is Apache Hadoop?O'Reilly Radar  (2 February 2012)(http://radar.oreilly.com/2012/02/what-is-apache-hadoop.html). - Apache Hadoop describes a growing ecology of software capabilities that enable processing of huge amounts of data. Outfits like Google and Yahoo use it to power their systems, as do many other Internet companies, government agencies, and yes, library organizations like OCLC. This article serves as a useful overview to the full set of software tools under the Hadoop umbrella. Recommended for library systems staff. - RT

Kules, Bill, and Robert  Capra. "Influence of Training and Stage of Search on Gaze Behavior in a Library Catalog Faceted Search InterfaceJournal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology  63(1)(January 2012): 114-138. (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/asi.21647/abstract). - In this article, the authors investigate searchers' use of facets in a testbed version of NCSU's library catalog. Eighteen undergraduates were broken into three groups: a control group, a group that was shown a short video on how to use the facets, and a third group that used a version of the catalog that included a help link in the facet bar. All of the students were given six exploratory search scenarios to complete, in which they were told to act as though they were trying to identify a possible paper topic. Their gaze behavior was tracked for the final two searches and played back so that they could identify when they were in various stages of conducting research. The study found that while students in all groups used the facets, showing a brief video greatly increased their use. Students also made the most use of the facets at decision points in their search process, suggesting that in addition to their usefulness for conducting a search, they are also consulted when a decision needs to be made about a new search term. - AC

Prom, Christopher J. Preserving Email  [York]: Digital Preservation Coalition, 16 February 2012.(http://dx.doi.org/10.7207/twr11-01). - Given its ubiquity and importance in communications, it has always disappointed me that archivists have not done a better job of identifying and implementing methods of preserving email. Chris Prom's new report in the Digital Preservation Coalition's excellent Technology Watch Reports series gives me some hope. Prom notes that while technical, cultural, ethical, organizational, and legal constraints have prevented the adoption of one single, standardized email archiving solution, a range of options exist for institutions of different sizes and missions. His overview of the current state of technical options and his inclusion of two case studies of functioning email preservation programs are especially welcome. For anyone who finds email preservation added to their remit, Prom's report will be an excellent place to start. - PH

REBIUN, The Spanish Academic Libraries Network. Ciencia 2.0: aplicación de la web social a la investigación  (2011)(http://eprints.rclis.org/handle/10760/16161#.T0vgbGwRr2E). - REBIUN, The Spanish Academic Libraries Network, introduced in 2011 a working guide for the use of resources in the implementation of scientific research support services, to the Spanish university libraries. The three areas of activity are a) share the science b) sharing of resources and c) share the results. The text presents a selection of tools and support services, and offers guidelines on how libraries may provide them as part of their services. In this sense, it indicates possible applications, and the library's role as facilitator and as a trainer in literacy programs. The text includes descriptions of scientific social networks, platforms, instrumental services, bibliographic management, citation indexes, scientific news services and so on, all encompassed within the 2.0 universe. - JT

Reese, Terry. "Purposeful Development: Being Ready When Your Project Moves From ‘Hobby’ to Mission CriticalCode4Lib Journal  (16)(3 February 2012)(http://journal.code4lib.org/articles/6393). - Terry Reese is the developer of the hugely popular MarcEdit program, which provides Swiss Army Knife-like capabilities for working with MARC records. Terry's personal journey from working on this program as a hobby, to one day realizing how widely used it had become, is the framework upon which this piece hangs. But from there he provides useful advice to library developers who may find themselves also needing to take a project from "hobby" to "production". He covers doing this from both open source and closed source perspectives, as MarcEdit is actually the latter. Highly recommended for software developers, probably not of much interest to anyone else. - RT

Seadle, Michael. "Library Hi Tech at 30Library Hi Tech  30(1)(2012)(http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/07378831211213184). - This year marks the 30th 'birthday' of one of my favorite journals, Library Hi Tech, and to celebrate this milestone, editor Michael Seadle looks back briefly at some of the topics and themes covered during the period. He goes from microcomputers and early accessibility systems to digital archiving and e-books. He identifies a sort of handing off from one generation to the next, a shift in focus from improving the efficiency of our own work as librarians to making it "easier for those using our resources" through greater interest in user studies and human-computing interaction. - LRK