Current Cites

May 2012

Edited by Roy Tennant

Contributors: Charles W. Bailey, Jr., Warren Cheetham, Peter Hirtle, Roy Tennant,

Butler, Brandon C. Issue Brief: GSU Fair Use Decision Recap and Implications  Washington, D.C.: Association of Research Libraries, 15 May 2012.( - The long-awaited decision in the Georgia State fair use case is out, and its ramifications for the educational enterprise may be immense. Rather than wading through the 350-page opinion, your time would be better spent with Butler's concise explanation of the suit and the judge's findings. If Butler's essay wets your appetite, you can move onto other thoughtful commentators such as James Grimmelmann and Kevin L. Smith. We won't know the final impact until the judge orders the appropriate relief for the five cases of academic infringement that she did identify, and we do not know if any of the parties will appeal. But in the interim Butler's work remains the best introduction to the issues. - PH

Erway, Ricky. Lasting Impact: Sustainability of Disciplinary Repositories  Dublin, OH: OCLC Research, 2012.( - This report examines the important issues of how disciplinary repositories are funded and whether they are sustainable. It profiles the following disciplinary repositories: AgEcon Search: Research in Agricultural&Applied Economics,, EconomistsOnline, E-LIS: E-Prints in Library&Information Science, PubMed Central, RePEc: Research Papers in Economics, and SSRN: Social Science Research Network. The primary sources of funding were found to be: "institutional support," "use-based institutional contributions," "support via consortium dues," "distributed network of volunteers," "federal government funding," "decentralized arrangement," and "commercial 'freemium' service." Regarding these funding strategies, Erway says: "there is no single answer and, in fact, most repositories use a combination of approaches." - CB

Grajek, Susan,  The 2011-2012 EDUCAUSE IT Issues Panel , and Judith A.  Pirani. "Top-Ten IT Issues, 2012  47(3)(May/June 2012)( - Through a somewhat involved process, 19 academic information technology professionals identified what they believe to be the top ten issues facing higher education IT. They are as follows, with more complete explanations available at the open article: 1) Updating IT professionals' skills and roles to accommodate emerging technologies and changing IT management and service delivery models, 2) Supporting the trends toward IT consumerization and bring-your-own device, 3) Developing an institution-wide cloud strategy, 4) Improving the institution's operational efficiency through information technology, 5) Integrating information technology into institutional decision-making, 6) Using analytics to support critical institutional outcomes, 7) Funding information technology strategically, 8) Transforming the institution's business with information technology, 9) Supporting the research mission through high-performance computing, large data, and analytics, and 10) Establishing and implementing IT governance throughout the institution. - RT

Wright, Richard. "Preserving Moving Pictures and SoundDigital Preservation Coalition Technology Watch Reports  12(01)(March 2012)( - Commencing a project to digitise and preserve audio and video content? Add this report to your first list of readings. It covers the broad scope of works required and challenges to solve, to successfully preserve AV content. The range of materials needing digitisation is vast, and the preservation and access needs of each type of collecting agency can differ. There are also differences to consider between AV content on analogue recordings (audio tape, vinyl disks etc), digital recordings on dedicated physical carriers (CDs, minidiscs etc) and digital recordings existing as files on digital storage. This report clearly and systematically addresses each difference and offers best practice advice with links and references to other relevant guides and readings. Intangible issues like access and rights management to content are also discussed, along with some valuable advice for how small institutions and collections can effectively approach AV digitisation. An extensive glossary is a valuable addition and the reference list is comprehensive. - WC