Current Cites

September 2013

Edited by Roy Tennant

Contributors: Charles W. Bailey, Jr., Alison Cody, Peter Hirtle, Leo Robert Klein, Nancy Nyland

Bonnet, Jennifer L, and Benjamin  McAlexander. "First Impressions and the Reference Encounter: The Influence of Affect and Clothing on Librarian ApproachabilityJournal of Academic Librarianship  39(4)(July 2013): 335-346. ( - 'Approachability' is something on the minds of most librarians as they sit at Reference, waiting for patrons to come by. That is why going through this article is interesting; it looks at such 'variables' as facial expression, direction of gaze and even the color of one's shirt (among other things). The authors conducted this survey using online 'image-ratings'. Participants were asked to rate the 'approachability' of images on a scale of 1 to 10. Not surprising, smiling and looking up rate highest. Apparently, blue shirts are more approachable than white shirts which, in turn, are more approachable than red shirts. While results may vary, it is hard not to agree with the authors' conclusion, that "librarian behaviors do matter, and that efforts to appear approachable will not go unnoticed." - LRK

EBSCO. "Serials Price Projections for 2014  (26 September 2013)( - EBSCO's annual serial price projection estimates a 6 to 8 percent price increase in 2014 for journals priced in US dollars. It also discusses journal marketplace trends, with special attention to open access developments and the economy. Regarding the projected price bump, it says: "The most obvious conclusion is that the many different initiatives in the academic publishing world are having very little impact on the fundamental business model and pricing strategies. The pay-for-access model, especially as represented by the "Big Deal" bundled content approach, reigns supreme, and the pricing power wielded by the top STM publishers remains well intact." - CB

Emanuel, Jenny. "Digital Native Librarians, Technology Skills, and Their Relationship with TechnologyInformation Technology and Libraries  32(3)(15 September 2013): 20-33. ( - This article reports on a survey and interviews looking at on the technology skills of Millennial- generation librarians and library school students. The popular stereotype of this generation (here defined as those born between 1982 and 1990) is that they grew up with technology surrounding them, and thus are more comfortable and skilled in using it than those from previous generations. The author found that her subjects reflect the digital divide that still exists - not all of them had computers or high-speed internet access while growing up. They also have a variety of attitudes and opinions toward technology. Emanuel also found that, while library school students do indicate that they are learning more about technology in graduate school, they are primarily acquiring additional skills with software and technologies they already use, rather than acquiring new skills. While none of the results here are particularly surprising to this reviewer (who is sometimes included in this generational group herself) it will hopefully serve as a good reminder to others that ultimately, being skilled with technology has little, if anything, to do with age. - AC

Mossink, Wilma, Magchiel  Bijsterbosch, and Joeri  Nortier. European Landscape Study of Research Data Management  Utrecht: SURF, 2013.( landscape report vs1 4_14.08.13.pdf). - The recent proliferation of research data management jobs in research libraries speaks to the rapidly growing importance of this emerging library function. SURF's new report provides an in-depth look at research data management (RDM) activities in Europe, examining national, institutional, funding agency, and publisher RDM plans and policies. Almost half of funding agencies had a RDM policy, and a quarter had an RDM plan requirement for grantees. About a third designate a specific RDM preservation organization. Publisher policies were less well-developed, mainly focusing on article data links and dataset submission. Only 15% of research institutions had a mandated RDM plan, but 42% of those without one will have a policy within a year. Researchers' top RDM concerns were: "responsibilities and roles for managing data, mechanisms for storage, backup, registration, deposit and retention of research data, access and re-use of data, open accessibility and availability of data, and long term preservation and curation." - CB

Quint, Barbara. "LeverageOnline Searcher  37(5)(September/October 2013): 33. ( - Useful technologies do not automatically become available to libraries just because they were invented. Libraries depend on commercial companies to offer them new technologies, preferably at an affordable price. No one has been more of an advocate for libraries with these vendors than Barbara Quint. She takes them to task on our behalf when their pricing seems greedy, or their marketing appears to exaggerate the features of a product. She exhorts us to band together and insist on subsequent versions of products that are more easily accessible, better constructed, and cheaper than those offered by database vendors initially. She offers us a platform for new product ideas: "If you have an idea to add to the piles, just send it my way ( I'll find some way to get it out to the world." ("The Searcher's Voice," Online Searcher, May/June 2013.) She lobbies for a branded presence on the Web for libraries: "Here's where I … send out the siren call for our professional organizations to go after a DOT-LIB." Barbara Quint draws us in to the competitive world of library technology companies and explains it in a refreshingly forthright way. Get your Barbara Quint fix in Information Today, Online Searcher or at Information Today Newsbreaks ( - NN

Spoo, Robert. Without Copyrights: Piracy, Publishing, and the Public Domain  New York: Oxford University Press, August 2013.( - Spoo's ostensible purpose in this new legal and literary history is to assess the impact that copyright may have had on the development of literary modernism in the early 20th century. His masterful and readable text does much more, however. For example, its first chapter is a thorough history of the practice of trade courtesy in the 19th century. In spite of the absence of copyright protection for foreign authors, publishers developed their own system for protecting their works. Books were written, publishers grew rich, readers had access to a wide selection of titles, and copyright was nowhere to be seen. The later chapters tell the fascinating story of James Joyce's battles in the U.S. courts to protect his own works from a publisher who refused to follow trade practice. Spoo's book is a timely reminder that copyright law did not grow from careful empirical analysis, but is the product of colorful characters and challenging court cases. - PH