Current Cites

December 2017

Edited by Roy Tennant

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

La Bella, A., A.  Fronzetti Colladon, and E.  Battistoni, et. al."Assessing Perceived Organizational Leadership Styles Through Twitter Text MiningJournal of the Association for Information Science and Technology  69(1)(January 2018): 21–31. ( ). - Twitter no doubt is making it into most people's holiday readings. This is an example of the progress which the social media service is making in the world of research and academic literature. The goal of the authors is to develop an automated system for evaluating leadership styles for organizations (primarily corporate) through analysis of its tweets. In this case, they look at three weeks' worth of tweets from "five large Italian multinational companies". Both their evaluation method and the historical background in determining leadership styles are discussed at some length. - LRK

Library of Congress. Update on the Twitter Archive at the Library of Congress  Washington, DC: Library of Congress, December 2017.( - Noting the end of a collecting era, the Library of Congress announced that it would no longer be collecting every tweet, but would "do so on a very selective basis under the overall guidance provided by the Library's Collections Policy Statements and associated documents. Predictably, Twitterers were all over this. The LoC noted several reasons for shutting down comprehensive collecting, including the changing nature of Twitter (e.g., the volume has increased dramatically, they collect only text, not images, videos, or linked content), the Library now possesses 12 years of public tweets, which they feel documents "the rise of an important social media platform," and that the Library generally does not collect comprehensively. - RT

Lynch, Clifford. "Stewardship in the "Age of Algorithms"First Monday  22(12)(4 December 2017)( - Any time you sit down with a piece by Clifford Lynch, you know that you are going to get a thoughtful explication of a deep and complex problem that you may not have known existed. Here Lynch looks at the current practices in digital preservation and finds them wanting when presented with the challenge of capturing an Internet driven by algorithms. Instead he argues that "If we are to successfully cope with the new “Age of Algorithms,” our thinking about a good deal of the digital world must shift from artifacts requiring mediation and curation, to experiences." He calls for a new kind of archivist who can document the incredibly vast number of unique, personalized performances (including interaction with the participant) that define current web interaction. Stories such as the recent announcement that the Library of Congress will no longer preserve all Twitter postings suggest that Lynch is correct in his analysis, and make this article mandatory reading for anyone who cares about digital preservation. - PH

Thorngate, Sarah, and Allison  Hoden. "Exploratory Usability Testing of User Interface Options in LibGuides 2College & Research Libraries  78(6)(September 2017): 844 - 861. ( - This summary of user testing focuses on LibGuides in academic libraries, but the design concepts mentioned and the conclusions are helpful to anyone who is planning user testing of other types of subject guides written in open HTML in public and other libraries. A review of concepts such as intrinsic cognitive load, extrinsic load and germane load reminds subject guide designers that what you leave out of a page is as important as what you choose to include. The authors make use of the differences between exploratory testing to formulate design ideas, and comparative testing of two or three preliminary page designs. They conserve available resources by using three-minute “guerrilla usability testing, an effective strategy for testing a prototype without the significant commitment of time and funds involved in a large-scale formal usability test.” (p. 855) The literature review is comprehensive and invaluable as a starting point for anyone contemplating a usability testing project. - NN