Current Cites

March 2017

Edited by Roy Tennant

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

Carey, John, and Pathak  Ajatshatru. "Reference Mode Preferences of Community College (Two-Year) and Four-Year College Students: A Comparison StudyEvidence Based Library and Information Practice  12(1)(2017): 50 - 71. ( - Some technologies seem to be adopted, at times, because they are the newest bright and shiny thing. Libraries need to determine whether a new technology is one that patrons actually prefer to use before implementing it. Multiple technologies now exist to conduct reference service: various online chat interfaces, e-mail, text message and telephone. But surveys at Hunter College and Queensborough Community College indicated an overwhelming preference for in-person reference by both two-year and four-year college students. All libraries are under pressure to “counter perceptions of decreased relevance” and academic libraries are being asked to “demonstrate the contribution of library services to student success.” The authors conclude that libraries “might enhance their impact” by supporting “those programs that more closely align with patron practises and preference,” like face-to-face reference. - NN

Matthews, Joe. "A Nostalgic Look Back at Library Hi Tech(nology)Library Hi Tech  35(1): 92-98. ( - The Tech Journal Turns 50 award goes this month to Library Hi Tech. To celebrate, the author reviews computer technology particularly as applied in the library. He points out characteristics that were not always too successful and then goes on to discuss future challenges. While perhaps too critical in places, after all technology has always been a bumpy ride, it still is worth a read. - LRK

Poynder, Richard. "Copyright: The Immoveable Barrier That Open Access Advocates Underestimated  (20 February 2017)( - Poynder's article is built around a story. He wanted to include in a web essay he was writing two charts from a very interesting article on green open access by Elizabeth Gadd and Denise Troll Covey. Sage wanted $2500 in permission fees to allow him to post the two charts for one year, even though an early version of the article with the charts was freely available in an institutional repository. (Others would argue that there is likely no copyright in the charts, and if there is, his proposed use was likely a fair use.) His description of his subsequent interactions with the publisher and authors suggest that some of the players in the story are confused by the interaction between open access and copyright. The whole thing leads Poynder to question the copyright knowledge of librarians and our ability to explain clearly to authors what is really happening with their articles. - PH

Zhu, Yimei. "Who Support Open Access Publishing? Gender, Discipline, Seniority and Other Factors Associated with Academics' OA PracticeScientometrics  (2017): 1–23. ( - This study investigated the open access publishing attitudes and activities of over 1,800 researchers at 12 Russell Group universities in the UK. Among the numerous findings, Medical and Life Sciences researchers were more likely to use Gold OA, while Natural Sciences and Engineering researchers were more likely to utilize Green OA. Researchers in all four of these fields typically had more Green and Gold OA activity than those in the Arts and Humanities and the Social Sciences. Older and more senior researchers had higher levels of OA activity than younger, more junior colleagues, with those under 35 being the least likely to engage in OA activity. Men were slightly more likely to engage in OA activity than women (perhaps reflecting their relative age and rank). In conclusion, the author states: "This paper has shown that whilst most academics agreed with the principle of making knowledge freely available to everyone, the use of OA publishing by UK based academics was still limited despite relevant established OA policies. Barriers to OA publishing include high expenses of APCs, limited awareness of the existence of OA repositories and OA policies, uncertainty of OA articles' citation impact and negative attitudes towards OA publishing." - CB