Current Cites

July 2016

Edited by Roy Tennant

Contributors: Charles W. Bailey, Jr., Peter Hirtle, Leo Robert Klein, Nancy Nyland, Roy Tennant

"Write up! A Study of Copyright Information on Library-Published JournalsJournal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication  4(2016): p.eP2110. ( - Now that there are over 100 libraries in North America that have publishing programs, the movement has enough momentum that research into these newly minted publishers' practices is warranted. The vast majority of the studied sample of journals published by US Library Publishing Coalition members (93%) were open access. Problem solved, break out the champagne! Well, maybe if free access is the only goal, but how about reuse? If you follow developments in the open data and libraries-as-data-service-provider movements, you hear the word reuse used over and over again. Not so much in open access publishing. In fact, there has been a remarkable lack of interest in reuse. However, just because it hasn't caught on yet doesn't mean it never will, and now is when the foundations of future library publishing programs are being laid. So, status of open license copyright statements? It's a mess. Only 38% of journals had them, and 22% of those were Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs licenses. Only 46% had Attribution licenses. Conflicting copyright information was present in 9% of the journals. And that was hardly the end of the identified problems. Not so great for future reuse. Is this the publishing system of the future that we want? I think not, and it's time for library publishers to take a hard look at this issue. - CB

Bruno, Tom. Wearable Technology: Smart Watches to Google Glass for Libraries  Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015.( - The Bass Libraries at Yale University check out all kinds of media equipment to students, including a wearable technology, the GoPro camera. Following that interest, one of the librarians volunteered to be an early tester of Google Glass, and allowed both Instructional Technology staff and students to share the experience. While telling that story, he expands it to include other types of wearable technology, such as smart watches, wearable cameras, and virtual reality devices. Some libraries may feel unable to afford the technology, but finding partners is an option that turned out to be the way the author funded his experiment with Google Glass. He concludes that “The only wrong answer is not to try.” Far from being a technical explanation of suggested library projects, the book is comprehensible for library staff just starting out with wearable technology. The author displays a refreshing sense of humor about possibilities for the future, explaining in “About the Author” that “[i]n another life, Tom wanted to be an astronaut, and he eagerly looks forward to filling his first interplanetary interlibrary loan request." - NN

Chayka, Kyle. "The Library of Last Restortn+1   (14 July 2016)( - Carla Hayden has the good wishes of every librarian as she assumes her new role as Librarian of Congress, but this article suggests she made need our sympathy as well. Its dystopian account of the library's recent history is reflected in its subtitle - "Whatever early progress the Library of Congress made on the internet has been squandered." There is what sounds like lazy writing (do books in the Adams Building really "spill out onto the floor in dusty rows"?), and more attention could have been paid to the role the Copyright Office played in discouraging LOC's involvement in innovative projects such as Google Books. Still, the challenges that face the new librarian because of their size and complexity are both fascinating and sobering. - PH

Green, Adrienne. "A Snapshot of a 21st Century LibrarianThe Atlantic  (25 July 2016)( - This article inevitably begins with the usual librarian stereotype, but then moves quickly to dispel that notion by profiling a single librarian at Indiana University with a non-standard job. How non-standard? "[She] specializes in the relationship between geography and cultural behavior, and digital mapping. While she assists students in the same ways librarians traditionally have, she also works on projects like making maps based on interesting novels and indexing Russian war maps." Although such a position is more atypical than typical, the end result of the piece is to help explode some myths about what librarians do, and therefore is a breath of fresh air. - RT

Huebsch, Eddie. "NavApp at the University of Oklahoma LibrariesEDUCAUSE Review Online  (27 June 2016)( - What with all the talk about the Internet of Things (IoT), it is understandable that people get a bit queasy. All the more reason to appreciate the opening sentence from this piece on an innovative 'beacon-based' navigation system at the University of Oklahoma Libraries: " with other technologies before it, usefulness does not magically emerge from implementing new technology; rather, it is the culmination of a comprehensive plan for merging technical know-how with business knowledge or user-generated content." The article goes on to describe the project including a Q&A with the library's Emerging Technologies Librarian. - LRK