Current Cites

August 2016

Edited by Roy Tennant

Contributors: Charles W. Bailey, Jr., Alison Cody, Peter Hirtle, Nancy Nyland, Roy Tennant

Value of Academic Libraries Statement  Chicago, IL: Association of College and Research Libraries, June 2016.( - This 3-page document (5 with footnotes and executive summary) asserts justification for academic libraries. Citing research along the way, the following justifications are made: Support Recruitment, Retention and Matriculation, Enhance Student Learning, Support Faculty Research and Teaching, and Raise Institutional Visibility and Contribute to the Community. Academic librarians will likely find this a good starting point for making their case to their institutions for continued support. As a starting point, it should be buttressed by local, verifiable examples to obtain the best result. - RT

Albanese, Andrew. "Publishers Appeal GSU Copyright CasePublishers Weekly  (29 August 2016)( - Albanese, who has often written about copyright cases that affect libraries, provides a cogent summary about recent developments in this lengthy case, which began in 2008. For those libraries offering e-reserves services, keeping up with this critical case is essential as its eventual outcome will likely have lasting copyright ramifications, especially for fair use cases. For a brief description of the case, see ARL's synopsis, which has links to related resources. Or, if you really want to dive in, search Publishers Weekly for "Cambridge University Press v. Patton." - CB

Carlozzi, Michael. "Data for Decision Making: Tracking Your Library’s Needs With TrackRefCode4Lib Journal  (33)(19 July 2016)( - This article reports on the creation of a lightweight, web-based tool for quickly and easily tracking reference desk statistics. The author provides a brief, clear overview of the requirements he had for the software, and why existing options did not fit the bill. The instructions for installing and configuring the software appear to this reviewer to require quite a bit of technical expertise, so this is something that in many places will require the aid of a developer to set up. That said, the result is a minimalist, easy-to-use interface that can output a .csv file for analysis in Excel or a statistical package. The article also reports on some findings from an analysis of this library's statistics, and how the patron experience has changed as a result of the data collected via this simple tool. - AC

Gihring, Tim. "The Rise and Fall of the Gopher ProtocolMinnPost  (11 August 2016)( - Two decades ago I spent part of my time teaching archivists how to implement Gopher. I still have the sneaking suspicion that its hierarchical structure and folder-based approach may be more appropriate for much archival information than the Web, the protocol that superseded Gopher. It is not surprising, therefore, that I found this account of Gopher's development and downfall to be highly engaging. Others might read it and think about why it is that one piece of software succeeds while others fail. Could something have been done to keep Gopher as the dominant internet protocol, or was it doomed to failure regardless of how much organizational support it received? And what about the 160 or so Gopher servers that are still up and running, many of which can be access from's Gopherspace? - PH

Noble, Safiya Umoja, and Brendesha M.  Tynes, Eds. The Intersectional Internet: Race, Sex, Class, and Cuture Online  New York: Peter Lang, 2016.( - Dr. Noble and Dr. Tynes are professors at UCLA and USC, respectively. They have gathered essays about how the technology of the Internet is influenced by cultural values, and in turn how online culture influences society. The field of critical information studies is relatively new. The editors suggest parsing it into further subdivisions, such as “Internet studies” and “intersectional critical race studies.” Fourteen essays look at how online culture has become pervasive, influencing all areas of modern life, such as feminism, masculinity, online dating, television and telecommunication, among others. Nations have to grapple with the impulse to censor social media, while their actions are simultaneously being observed around the globe and analyzed in real time. These wide-ranging discussions will form the basis for emerging fields of study analyzing our use of technology and the Internet, and the effect of that use on countries, societies and cultures. - NN