Current Cites

July 2019

Edited by Roy Tennant

Contributors: Peter Hirtle, Nancy Nyland, Roy Tennant

Maceli, Monica G.. "Librarians' Mental Models and Use of Privacy-Protection TechnologiesJournal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy  4(1)(Spring 2019): 18 - 32. ( - Busy staff librarians may have little time to keep up on the latest privacy protection technology (PPT), and are reminded that “[l]ibrarians’ required knowledge in the realm of PPT" goes beyond "that of the average information technology user.” Librarians are as likely as any other internet user to “take little action to protect their privacy, … despite their privacy concerns.” Librarians who want to catch up are pointed to ALA’s Privacy Toolkit, the Library Freedom Project, and a LITA Guide, Protecting Patron Privacy. A useful concept is the idea of privacy literacy within the larger field of digital literacy. The researcher tested librarians’ privacy literacy through their understanding of the DuckDuckGo search engine, the Ghostery web browser, and web browser incognito mode. An investigation of librarians’ mental models of these three tools resulted in the interesting finding that their understanding of PPT is not appreciably greater than that of the library’s patrons. Like their patrons, librarians exhibited “the privacy paradox” of having “privacy concerns but taking relatively little action….” Librarians who did have more technical knowledge appeared to have gained it by a “willingness to pursue the topic further, often in their leisure time.” - NN

Pulla, Priyanka. "The Plan To Mine The World’s Research PapersNature  (571)(17 July 2019): 316-318. ( - Carl Malamud is one of my access heroes. In the past, I have cited his efforts to facilitate public access to technical standards incorporated into laws and his defense of Sci-Hub. He now has a new mission: enabling text and data mining of scholarly periodical literature. He won't identify the source of his copies of 73 million articles, but they are not coming from publishers. They copies may come from the Sci-Hub collection, which could impinge on the legality of his effort. Nevertheless, it is fascinating to see now one visionary is trying to extend the usefulness of material traditionally found in libraries - albeit outside of that framework. - PH

van Veen, Theo. "Wikidata: From 'an' Identifier to 'the' IdentifierITAL: Information Technology and Libraries  38(2)(June 2019): 72-81. ( - The author makes a rather convincing (to this reader at least) argument for using the Wikidata identifier as the canonical identifier in library systems where one exists (e.g., for a person who authored a book). Although libraries have existed in their own world for many decades, the advent of the web and the opportunities it offers makes such isolation increasingly indefensible. The logical next step, van Veen asserts, is to adopt Wikidata identifiers and solidly join up library data to the wider world. Will catalogers be willing to work with Wikidata to enter new entities when required? OCLC has already explored this scenario with their recently concluded Project Passage, and the answer appears to be 'Yes'. - RT