Current Cites

August 2017

Edited by Roy Tennant

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

Aedy, Richard, Kate  Pearcy, and Russell  Stapleton. "Not just about the book: the economics of librariesThe Money  (10 August 2017)( - “Which institution do we spend more than a billion dollars a year on, and generates three times that value in the economy?” When a major network’s national radio show about money and economics leads an episode about libraries with that headline, it’s worth taking 28 minutes and 31 seconds to have a listen. While it gives an outline of the Australian library ecosystem specifically (and associated economic benefit), this podcast is worth a listen for anyone who believes that the value of libraries doesn’t just rest with raw numbers of visitation, collections use or programming hours, but also the demonstrated impact and outcomes of the communities libraries serve. Aimed at a general audience, this podcast helps explain how libraries are dealing with fundamental shifts in service delivery (print to online). One of the interviewees, Kate Torney, CEO of the State Library Victoria, points to the library industry’s response to the digital shift over the past decade as a transformation role model for corporations and businesses to look to. The Learning Space, a new bookless library at the City of Canada Bay Council (Sydney, Australia) is highlighted as an interesting example of how libraries are responding to change. - WC

Albanese, Andrew. "Will Ruling in ReDigi Case Open the Door to a Used E-book Market? Publishers Weekly  (22 August 2017)( - Albanese's article does a good job of explaining why a court case about selling used mp3s could have a profound impact on libraries. The issue is whether the first sale doctrine, which is fundamental for library lending, extends to digital material. As the amici briefs from ALA and the Association of American Publishers note, a ruling against appellant ReDigi could threaten nascent library digital library lending programs, including the Internet Archive's Open Library. This is a case to watch. - PH

Howard, Jennifer. "What Happened to Google's Effort to Scan Millions of University Library Books?EdSurge  (10 August 2017)( - Although Howard doesn't actually answer the question posed by the title, at least why Google abandoned their much-lauded efforts to digitize the world's books, despite quoting a spokesperson claiming they continue to digitize, she focuses instead on the libraries that stepped forward to retain and preserve that content. Focusing mainly on HathiTrust, the consortium of organizations started by the University of Michigan Library, Howard explains how Google's scanning work is now being put to good use by libraries and researchers. For example, those interested in delving into the digital corpus are welcomed at the HathiTrust Research Center. In the end, it has fallen to libraries to do what they have always done -- preserve and provide access to their collections, now also in digital form. - RT

Kathleen, Gregory, Groth  Paul, and Cousijn  Helena, et. al."Searching Data: A Review of Observational Data Retrieval Practices  (21 July 2017)( - In discussions of open data, we often hear about the importance of data reuse, but do we hear about what data researchers want, what they would use it for, how they would find it, and how they would evaluate it? For a selection of disciples, these are precisely the questions that this e-print addresses. It is especially recommended for research data specialists and subject librarians in the covered fields. - CB

Lovett, Julia A., Andrée J.  Rathemacher, and Divana  Boukari, et. al."Institutional Repositories and Academic Social Networks: Competition or Complement? A Study of Open Access Policy Compliance vs. ResearchGate ParticipationJournal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication   5(24 August 2017)( - The authors set out to learn what motivates authors on the University of Rhode Island faculty to share their work via institutional repositories and/or social networks. What they found is that authors want to share the final versions of record and not the accepted manuscripts around which so many institutional repositories are built. It is one more bit of evidence that green open access fails as a strategy because it doesn't speak to perceived needs. Unsurprisingly, the authors also found much confusion over the legal status and ownership of the version of record. - PH

Oakleaf, Megan, Scott  Walter, and Malcolm  Brown. "The Academic Library and the Promise of NGDLEEDUCAUSE Review  (14 August 2017)( - The "next generation digital learning environment" or NGDLE is a hot topic of conversation in higher education these days. "First described in 2015," the authors explain, "the NGDLE posits that the future of the digital learning environment will be marked by a shift from an over-dependence on the learning management system (LMS) to a new vision of learning environment architecture, one made up of a variety of pedagogical tools and applications all connected by means of open standards." The idea is that these new tools and applications will feed data relating to student success into analytical tools to measure impact. The authors point out that libraries are not yet in most cases participating in these efforts, and thus their impact on student success may not be measured. However, they provide an example of one library that has participated, the DePaul University Library, and they make specific suggestions on what librarians can do to make sure that the impact of their services can also be reflected in the NGDLE. - RT

Samson, Sue, Kim  Granath, and Adrienne  Alger. "Journey Mapping the User ExperienceCollege & Research Libraries  78(4)(May 2017): 459-471. ( - No matter what high level of technology goes into library online products, the effort may produce less-than-optimal results if patrons do not feel that the interfaces are technophobe-friendly and easily usable. One way to assess and improve the usability of library software is journey mapping. Three librarians at the University of Montana improved their course guides, online chat and their library’s path to finding an article by observing users’ journeys through the Website. The library page was assessed by asking users whether the “Website is easy to use on all devices” and “[u]sers can easily accomplish critical tasks.” Usability rubrics were created by consulting Schmidt and Etches’ Useful, Usable, Desirable: Applying User Experience Design to Your Library. Newbie researcher-librarians may approach their first project with trepidation, but articles like this one are encouraging and show that it can be done. Finally, the researchers assessed one rubric that so often determines whether technology gets used to its full potential: “Staff members are friendly and genuinely want to help.” - NN

Shuai, Xin, Jason  Rollins, and Isabelle  Moulinier, et. al."A Multidimensional Investigation of the Effects of Publication Retraction on Scholarly ImpactJournal of the Association for Information Science and Technology  68(9)(September 2017): 2225–2236. ( - We tend to focus on legitimate articles both here and elsewhere so it is something of an eye-opener to come across a study of retracted articles. Such articles are increasing, the authors tell us, and consequently the number of articles studying their effect is increasing as well. Happily, the authors report, "retractions have grown not because of rising misconduct, but because researchers and journal editors are getting better at identifying fraudulent publications." The authors look at the areas where most retracted articles are found ("medical or biological-related research fields"), their frequency of citation ("more than an average article"), why they were retracted (scientific misconduct, errors, etc.) and their "relevance" both before and after. - LRK