Current Cites

June 2019

Edited by Roy Tennant

Contributors: Charles W. Bailey, Jr., Warren Cheetham, Nancy Nyland

Burns, Dylan, Alex  Sundt, and Darcy  Pumphrey, et. al."What We Talk About When We Talk About Digital Libraries: UX Approaches To Labeling Online Special CollectionsWeave: Journal of Library User Experience  2(1)(2019)(;rgn=main). - Librarians and archivists are constantly faced with the challenge of translating the terms that are familiar to us into labels that make sense to users. This study concludes that one of our familiar terms, digital library, is “clearly jargon” to users. A survey of ARL libraries determined that “digital collections” is the label used most often, followed by digital library, digital repository, and digital archives. User testing found that library patrons were much less likely than librarians to find the term “digital” to be helpful to them at all. Some preferred a label reflecting the content of the collection, such as “History Collection,” rather than digital, which describes the format. While these differences in terms may seem minor to those of us who work with them every day, they are critical factors in the effort to label “our collections in ways that are meaningful to our users….” As a result of the findings, the library selected the labels “digital collections” and “digital history collections,” rather than digital library. The researchers concluded that “[g]ood labeling is a key factor for making usable websites.” - NN

Easton, Stephen. "Australia’s Top Librarian Tells How The National Library Fosters a Culture Of In-house Innovation. The Mandarin  (24 June 2019)( - How do you capture and archive an entire continent’s worth of internet content? By a process of ‘radical incrementalism’ over a twenty year period, according to the National Library of Australia’s director-general, Dr Marie-Louise Ayres. In this short interview-style article, the statement “nothing really significant happens in less than 20 years” caught my attention and kept me reading. Innovation and technology is usually characterised by rapid and accelerating change, so this long view approach offers a different perspective on how major library institutions approach wicked problems such as effective and efficient web archiving. One of the factors of success for the National Library is a strong, in-house IT team who work in cross-disciplinary teams with project managers, policy and media officers, collections specialists, and user experience designers. This approach has helped solved challenges such as how to make approximately 9 billion files accessible through a customised full-text search engine. - WC

Ivanovic, C., B.  Schmidt, and R.  Grim, et. al.FAIRness of Repositories & Their Data: A Report from LIBER's Research Data Management Working Group  The Hague, Netherlands: LIBER, 2019.( - Once you've got research data in your repository, you need to make it comply with the FAIR Data Principles ( FAIR stands for Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable. The FAIR Data Principles outline how to achieve these goals. For example, to be reusable data should be "released with a clear and accessible data usage license." The surveys described in this report of 29 managers/librarians and 14 technical staff of EU data repositories provide an interesting snapshot of how their repositories are complying with these increasingly influential guidelines. As you would expect, FAIRness is typically an aspiration, rather than a given, at this stage of data repository development. - CB