Current Cites

June 2013

Edited by Roy Tennant

http://currentcites.org/2013/cc13.24.6.html

Contributors: Peter Hirtle, Leo Robert Klein, Nancy Nyland, Roy Tennant, Cassie Wagner


Allen, et al., Laurie, et. al."Analyzing the MISO Data: Broader Perspectives on Library and Computing TrendsEvidence Based Library and Information Practice  8(2)(2013): 129 - 138. (http://ejournals.library.ualberta.ca/index.php/EBLIP/article/view/19564). - The Measuring Information Service Outcomes (MISO) survey has been conducted for eight years, "providing a rich source of data" (p. 138) for analyzing trends in the use of library services in the 38 participating colleges and universities. This multi-year trend analysis confirms what academic librarians probably observe on a daily basis: "The only library services use trend common to both faculty and students is increased utilization of databases like JSTOR..." (p. 136.) The comparison of online and distance services with those related to the "library as place" (p. 135) is required reading for anyone designing a library space. Those interested in more recent data can consult the MISO Web site at www.misosurvey.org. - NN

Barrera-Gomez, Julianna , and Ricky  Erway. Walk This Way: Detailed Steps for Transferring Born-Digital Content from Media You Can Read In-house  Dublin, Ohio: OCLC Research, June 2013.(http://www.oclc.org/research/publications/library/2012/2012-06r.html#walkthisway). - Fifteen years ago, when a faculty member gave me a shoebox full of floppy disks containing data in a obsolete format, I blithely took them home to one of my antediluvian computers and hacked away to read and extract the information. Thanks in part to lessons learned from digital forensics, the management of born-digital files has become much more sophisticated. This new report from OCLC is intended to ensure that proper preservation of digital information does not become impossibly hard for the small repository. It presents the discrete steps that I should have followed when given that shoebox. More importantly, it contains links to available tools and software and has references and resources for further explorations. Anyone who needs to migrate and preserve digital files will want to make use of this practical report. - PH

Georgas, Helen. "Google vs. the Library: Student Preferences and Perceptions When Doing Research Using Google and a Federated Search Toolportal: Libraries and the Academy  13(2)(April 2013): 165 - 185. (http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/portal_libraries_and_the_academy/v013/13.2.georgas.html). - If library research services are to compete with Google, both libraries and their database creator/vendors "must follow Google's example and focus on the needs and preferences of the user..." (p. 180.) For example, searchers often cannot parse a citation to puzzle out what type of a source they are looking at, and would like to see the source type identified (p. 176 - 177.) This is a study of federated search, but some of the suggestions for improvement apply to individual databases as well. The comparison is between federated search and Google, not Google Scholar, even though some of the users found Google Scholar on their own. The article begins to answer the question "is Google now a much more viable (and free) alternative to federated search?" (p. 166.) The next interesting question to answer would be: is Google Scholar an even more viable alternative? - NN

Lefevre, Julie, and Terence K.  Huwe. "Digital Publishing from the Library: A New Core CompetencyJournal of Web Librarianship  7(2)(3 June 2013): 190-214. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19322909.2013.780519). - This brief case study of digital publishing efforts by two libraries at the University of California-Berkeley provides a glimpse of the sort of projects academic libraries can take on to raise their profiles, stake a claim to a place in a growing service, and maybe even raise revenue. It's inspiring to see how well our library-honed skills translate to the online publishing world. We do have the editing, design, and digital media abilities to do things right. We just need the time and personnel to make our mark. - CW

Lynch, Clifford. "Ebooks in 2013: Promises Broken, Promises Kept, and Faustian Bargains. "  Digital Content: What's Next? E-Content Supplement to the June American Libraries  (June 2013): 12-16. - What is the position of ebooks in libraries in 2013? If you listen to observers such as Andrew Albanese, there is nothing but good news after the tensions of 2012. All of the big 6 publishers now offer ebooks to libraries in some form, and vendors such as Overdrive seem to be thriving. Anthony Marx of the New York Public Library praises the addition of ebooks from the last publishing holdout to its collections. Yet in this important article, Clifford Lynch argues convincingly that libraries, by blindly accepting whatever terms the publishers insist upon in order to get ebooks in some form in the library, have engaged in a Faustian bargain that strikes at the root of what it means to be a public library. The license terms currently negotiated by NYPL or licensed by Overdrive are a sorry shadow of rights libraries had when they owned rather than licensed published material. Technologist Bill Rosenblatt suggests that in agreeing to the terms that the major publishers have offered, libraries have doomed themselves to a two-tiered world of library ebook lending. Our only hope is that new copyright legislation might recover the rights that major libraries have negotiated away. Read Lynch's article and decide for yourself if it is worth having ebooks at all under the terms currently offered. - PH

Moulaison, Heather Lea, and Susan Nicole  Stanley. "Beyond Failure: Potentially Mitigating Failed Author Searches in the Online Library Catalog Through the Use of Linked DataJournal of Web Librarianship  7(1)(18 March 2013): 37-57. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19322909.2013.738562). - Among the many problems users face using OPACs one of the most frustrating must be figuring out how to input an author's name to make the darn thing return the right books. Does the last name come first? How do you spell that guy's name again? Moulaison and Stanley have an interesting solution: Automatically run a keyword search against an open linked data file (like VIAF or DBpedia) when a patron submits an author search. That way, if the OPAC can't find what the patron seems to be asking for, s/he won't be faced with a big old failure notice, but be given a little something to nudge them in the right direction. Unfortunately, Moulaison and Stanley don't have any practical advice or code for how to make this sort of search work. - CW

Nicholas, David, David  Clark, and Ian  Rowlands, et. al."Information On the Go: A Case Study of Europeana Mobile UsersJournal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology  64(7)(July 2013): 1311-1322. (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/asi.22838/full). - In this digital world of ours, we've gone from 'you are what you eat' to 'you are what your digital device happens to be'. This interesting metric is what the authors set out to study, comparing content consumption between pc/laptops and mobile devices. Not surprisingly, results indicate that "information seeking" by mobile users is "characteristically faster, more abbreviated, and less intensive". - LRK

Zickuhr, Kathryn, Lee  Rainie, and Kristen  Purcell. Younger Americans' Library Habits and Expectations  Washington, DC: Pew Research Center, 25 June 2013.(http://libraries.pewinternet.org/2013/06/25/younger-americans-library-services/). - This Pew Internet study blows the doors off of assumptions that many make about how young people (16-29 in this study) view libraries. Rather than being the kind of "if it isn't online I don't want it" person that most assume they are, they actually both appreciate and use print materials and library buildings more than their older counterparts. "...Americans under age 30 are strong supporters of traditional library services," the report boldly states, "Large majorities of them say it is “very important” for libraries to have librarians and books for borrowing, and relatively few think that libraries should automate most library services or move most services online. And younger Americans, like older adults, think that print books should have a central place at libraries; only 23% strongly support moving some stacks of books out of public areas to create room for things such as technology centers, meeting rooms, and cultural events." Librarians will find much to consider in this report. - RT