Current Cites

August 2014

Edited by Roy Tennant

Contributors: Alison Cody, Peter Hirtle, Leo Robert Klein, Nancy Nyland, Roy Tennant

Furay, Julia. "Stages of instruction: theatre, pedagogy and information literacyReference Services Review  42(2)(2014): 209-228. ( - Library instruction as performance art is pretty much the focus of this article. "As teaching librarians," writes the author whose background is in the theater, "we act as playwright, director, performer and even stage crew for our information literacy instruction sessions." Storytelling, metaphor and even clowning are discussed. - LRK

Johnson, L., S.  Adams Becker, and V.   Estrada, et. al.NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Library Edition  Austin: Texas: New Media Consortium, 2014.( - An international panel of 47 experts has identified 18 of the most important trends, challenges, and developments in technology adoption for academic and research libraries. The six trends accelerating technology adoption are rated as fast, mid-range, and long-range trends. The six challenges impeding technology are divided into solvable, difficult, and wicked challenges. The solvable and difficult challenges are those that can be understood, and for which we may or may not have obvious solutions. "Those that are complex to even define, much less address" are the wicked challenges. The final section sorts six important developments in technology into time-to-adoption horizons of one year or less, two to three years, and four years or more. Each trend is considered in relation to its implications for policy, leadership, and practice. More detailed information about the process of selecting, filtering, and rating the issues is given on the project's wiki at Readers who are interested in participating in the next version of this report, or other NMC reports, can nominate themselves or others at - NN

Kelion, Leo. "Millions of historic images posted to FlickrBBC News   (29 August 2014)( - This piece describes how Kalev Leetaru wrote software to automatically extract images published before 1923 (and therefore in the public domain) and make them discoverable on the web. Using books digitized by the Internet Archive, Leetaru has so far uploaded over 2.5 million of these images to Flickr. Leetaru is hoping these images can be used to enhance Wikipedia pages about historic events, as well as other uses. He is planning on making the code available so that others can employ the same process. - RT

Leeder, Chris, and Steven  Lonn. "Faculty Usage of Library Tools in a Learning Management SystemCollege & Research Libraries  75(5)(September 2014): 641-663. ( - The authors of this article sought to learn more about the attitudes and behaviors of faculty regarding the use of library widgets in the learning management system (LMS) at their institution. The authors surveyed faculty in the ten departments that were identified as the heaviest users of these LMS-based library resources, collecting demographic data as well as information on faculty awareness and use of the widgets. (As a comparison, small group of librarians who have access to some course sites were also surveyed.) The authors found that those who used these resources had been employed as faculty longer than those who did not, and indicated that they were more experienced in conducting library research. However, overall awareness of the tools was low - even among users of the widgets. Despite this, faculty responses indicated a positive opinion of librarians, demonstrating an opening for the library to rethink how they publicize and support the widgets, and where to focus their efforts in order to have the most impact. An interesting read for any librarian trying to determine how best to integrate library resources into the LMS, or improve an existing implementation. - AC

Pekel, Joris. Democratising the Rijksmuseum: Why did the Rijksmuseum make available their highest quality material without restrictions, and what are the results?  The Hague, Netherlands: Europeana Foundation, 29 July 2014.( - The Dutch Rijksmuseum has received justifiable praise for its decision to make over 150,000 high resolution images of public domain works freely available on its web site. This was not a policy that was easily reached, however, as this case study makes clear. The museum had to overcome both the concerns of its curators and the potential loss of over $240,000 in licensing fees. The museum also worried about the confused state of rights issues associated with some of the artwork. In the end, though, it concluded that the museum's core goal was to "get the collection out and known to the public as much as possible." Internet access can achieve that. For this museum, "Releasing the material has resulted in an incredible amount of goodwill from the public and creative industries. Combined with the enormous exposure, reputational benefits and the ability to enter more cost-effective sponsor programs greatly outweighed the reduced images sales for the museum." - PH

Wilson, Dan. "Take the Library Disaster Readiness TestNational Network of Libraries of Medicine  (5 August 2014)( - Earlier this week I sat bolt upright in bed at 3:20am because our house was violently shaking. We soon found out that we were only about a dozen miles away from the epicenter of a 6.0 magnitude earthquake. So perhaps I can be forgiven for citing this short blog post that identifies 15 things a library can do to make sure that your building and your staff is prepared for a disaster and the aftermath. Of course earthquakes are a special kind of disaster that requires special kinds of precautions (for example, making sure your book shelves are properly secured), but the items listed here are a good start. - RT