Current Cites

January 2019

Edited by Roy Tennant

Contributors: Charles W. Bailey, Jr., Nancy Nyland, Roy Tennant

Daniel, Katherine, Joseph J.  Esposito, and Roger C.  Schonfeld. Library Acquisition Patterns  New York, NY: Ithaka S+R, 29 January 2019.( - This publication reports on the work of the Library Acquisition Patterns (LAP) project supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to examine trends in the purchasing of US academic libraries. A few of the findings of the project include: "Serials and other continuing resources...account for more than 60 percent of total materials expenditures; books, many of which are one-time resource expenditures, constitute 24.5 percent of materials expenditures, Libraries spend 42.6 percent of their print book budgets on humanities titles. Forty-nine percent of books added by libraries to their collections were in the humanities...The average cost of an e-book in our sample rose by 35 percent between 2014 and 2017, while the cost of print books remained stable...GOBI and Amazon were the leading vendors of print books in our sample." There are a number of other findings, so those interested in trends in academic library purchasing would do well to absorb this entire 40-some page summary. - RT

Frantsvåg, Jan Erik, and Tormod Eismann Strømme. "Few Open Access Journals Are Plan S CompliantPreprints  (22 January 2019)( - cOAlition S's Plan S has certainly made waves in the scholarly publishing community, and a variety of objections have been raised to it. In this paper, the authors analyze how many current journals in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) could comply with ten criteria that the authors have identified as part of the plan's requirements (not all criteria identified could be analyzed). The result?: "Limiting our study to the 10 criteria we can analyse using DOAJ-metadata, we find that 8.8 percent (1085 of 12350) of open access journals meet all of these criteria. Fulfillment of the remaining 4 criteria might result in even fewer Plan S compliant open access journals. Furthermore there is a clear relation between journals charging APC, publisher size and the ability to comply with the criteria. Only 2.8 percent of non-APC journals and 25.6 percent of APC journals meet all criteria. Looking at academic disciplines it is clear that the humanities and social sciences will be most affected since the open access journals in these segments are usually smaller and free to publish in." - CB

Larson, Ronald. "Library Stakeholder Attitudes and New TechnologyLibrary Management  40(1/2)(2019): 128 - 140. ( - A decision to adopt a new technology in a library may encounter unanticipated resistance. Consulting stakeholders beforehand reduces the likelihood that library users will be unhappy with a new technology, or reject it outright. A broad definition of stakeholders increases the chance that all possible opinions will be included in the decision. Besides library patrons, include stakeholder groups such as staff, board members, community members, funders and vendors. Stakeholder perspectives can be gathered using surveys, focus groups and advisory groups. While acknowledging that “developing a good survey is challenging,” the author reminds us that “… good survey design is still essential….” RFID as a mechanism for self-service checkout is surveyed here, but the principles apply to the adoption of any new technology or service. Patrons may have concerns about their ability to use a new technology, (“technology anxiety”), for example, the accuracy of their data, and whether their data will be kept private. An extensive list of “tips for survey design and implementation” and a shorter list of tips for focus groups will help librarians avoid pitfalls when implementing a new technology. - NN