Current Cites

June 2012

Edited by Roy Tennant

Contributors: Leo Robert Klein, Roy Tennant

Breeding, Marshall. "New Library Collections, New Technologies: New Workflows"  Computers in Libraries  32(5)(June 2012): 23-25. - In this thoughtful piece, Breeding (who is widely known as the "go to" guy on the library automation marketplace), considers the potential impacts of a new type of library automation system that is now hitting the market. Breeding calls this new generation "library services platforms" and specifically names as examples of this new type of system "Intota from Serials Solutions, Alma from Ex Libris Ltd., OCLC's WorldShare Management Services, the Kuali OLE open source project, and Sierra from Innovative Interfaces, Inc." Breeding correctly asserts that the key benefit of these new systems are the opportunity to rethink what we do and how. "In these times when most libraries face slimmed-down budgets and fewer personnel," Breeding writes, "it's essential for them to find the most efficient ways to do their work and to make strategic decisions on where to concentrate their efforts." These new kinds of systems are encouraging and enabling exactly that. Full disclosure: I am employed by OCLC. - RT

Gatenby, Janifer, Richard O.  Greene, and W. Michael  Oskins, et. al."GLIMIR: Manifestation and Content Clustering within WorldCatCode4Lib Journal  (17)(1 June 2012)( - "The GLIMIR project at OCLC," reads the abstract of this article in part, "clusters and assigns an identifier to WorldCat records representing the same manifestation. These include parallel records in different languages (e.g., a record with English descriptive notes and subject headings and one for the same book with French equivalents). It also clusters records that probably represent the same manifestation, but which could not be safely merged by OCLC’s Duplicate Detection and Resolution (DDR) program for various reasons." Thus, the resulting identifying number can be use by libraries everywhere to identify items that are the same intellectual content. Anyone who has worked with bibliographic data will know how useful this can be. Although the project is not yet complete, the present schedule indicates these new identifiers will be available by the end of the year. Full disclosure: I am employed by OCLC. - RT

Grajek, Susan, and Judith A  Pirani. "EDUCAUSE Review OnlineEDUCAUSE Top-Ten IT Issues, 2012  (May/June 2012)( - Tis the season for 'Top Ten' lists, or maybe it just seems that way coming fresh from ALA Anaheim. In any case, one of the eagerly anticipated examples of this genre is EDUCAUSE's 'Top-Ten IT Issues'. This year EDUCAUSE changed the methodology and as a result, this year's list was "surprisingly different from those of previous years". Nonetheless, this year's 'Top Ten' consists of a number of things which are guaranteed to strike a chord with anyone connected to IT in an educational setting. First, there's the tendency of our users to already come equipped with their own devices or as the trend is described in the report: "Bring-Your-Own Device". Institutions unable to accommodate this onslaught "… [risk] being irrelevant". Other trends including developing an institutional 'cloud' strategy, increasing the use of analytics, and of course everyone’s chronic favorite, managing IT funding. On this last point, the report quotes one of its own members, Christopher Watts as saying, "…[Y]ou don't plan a trip to the moon without arranging for transportation, and you don't build a rocket if you're not planning a trip." - LRK

Horwath, Jenn Anne. "How Do We Manage? Project Management in Libraries: An InvestigationPartnership: The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research  7(1)(2012)( - Many librarians are called upon to manage projects, and yet few have real training in how to do so. This leaves most of us to scramble for on-the-job training, advice from peers, and articles such as this. And if you chose this article as your starting place, a very good choice it would be. The article consists of a literature review, an online survey of Ontario library staff and interviews with library administrators. Although it might seem to focus more on the state of library project management today, particularly in Ontario, the literature review is so thorough and helpful that it can serve as a good starting point in further investigations. Also, the survey and interview results provide additional insights into how libraries are managing projects today, and what they feel works for them. Recommended to anyone charged with managing a project, and the managers to whom they report. - RT