Current Cites

August 2019

Edited by Roy Tennant

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

Boyle, James, Cory  Doctorow, and Cindy  Cohn, et. al."The Past and Future of the Internet: A Symposium for John Perry Barlow Duke Law & Technology Review  18(August 2019)( - John Perry Barlow, songwriter, political activist, and founding member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, was both a Utopian believer in the Internet and a fearful critic of what it might become. His analysis and vision continue to inspire some of our sharpest legal minds, as the essays in this symposium volume in his memory demonstrate. Read Barlow's two twenty-five-year-old essays on the nature of the then-emerging network, and then explore the essays that explicate what did happen and what may lie in our future. We live in the 'net; we had better understand it. - PH

Cox, Andrew M., Stephen  Pinfield, and Sophie  Rutter. "Academic Libraries' Stance toward the Futureportal: Libraries and the Academy  19(3)(2019): 485-509. ( - Probably no better way to kick off the academic year than an article on the future of academic libraries. The authors interviewed 33 academics, both inside the library ('library commentator') and outside the library ('nonlibrary participant'). Their opinions are discussed and the authors conclude, perhaps a bit too pessimistically, that 'longer-term thinking is needed'. - LRK

Lewis, David W. "Is Scholarly Publishing Like Rock and Roll?IUPUI ScholarWorks Repository  (2019)( - In this e-print, the author uses Alan B. Krueger's analysis of the music industry in Rockonomics: A Backstage Tour of What the Music Industry Can Teach Us About Economics and Life to examine the scholarly publishing industry. He discusses seven key points from that book in this regard: (1) supply, demand, and all that jazz; (2) scale and non-substitutability: the two ingredients that create superstars; (3) the power of luck; (4) the Bowie theory; (5) price discrimination is profitable; (6) costs can kill; and (7) money isn't everything. After this examination, he provides five suggestions for restructuring scholarly publishing's business models and practices. He concludes: "It took the music industry 15 years to recover from the digital disruption that began with Napster. It has been eight years since the founding of Sci-Hub, and the disruption in scholarly publishing is moving at a slower pace, but with Plan S and more libraries walking away from 'big deals', it seems like the disruption is accelerating. Alternative business models and processes are emerging even if they are not yet widely used. It is likely that the next decade will be one of great change ending, hopefully, with all scholarly content following the lead of recorded music in being freely, or at least cheaply, and easily available to everyone who has need for it." - CB

Wilkinson, Sarah. "Who Owns these Records? Authority, Ownership, and Custody of Iraq’s Baath Party RecordsRBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage  20(1)(Spring 2019)( - Almost all cultural repositories contain collections of uncertain provenance and ownership. Their unclear ownership often complicates whether and how these collections can be made available for research. They become particularly problematic when a presumptive owner demands the return of the material. Such is the fate of Iraq's Baath Party records, which were removed from Iraq and given on loan to the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Wilkinson echoes the growing professional consensus that the collection may belong to the Iraqi government, but she notes as well the ethical and moral complexities that complicate the legal analysis. Along the way, she does a nice job summarizing the discussion since World War II of how captured cultural property should be handled by victors. - PH

van Arnhem, Jolanda-Pieta (Joey). "Mobile Apps and Gear for Libraries: Augmented and Virtual Reality Round-UpThe Charleston Advisor  (July 2019)(;jsessionid=x24pyzlhlxvb.x-ic-live-03). - This article updates a 2018 LITA Guide on augmented and virtual reality co-edited by Ms. van Arnhem. It explains the difference between augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR), and that both together are referred to as mixed reality. The author compares the features and price of headsets like Google Cardboard, Merge VR Goggles, Google Daydream, HTC Vive, Lenovo Mirage Solo, Microsoft Hololens, Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift that can be used with personal cell phones, Apple’s ARKit, Daydream, Google Arts and Culture, Google Expeditions, 360 Video, Steam, and/or other gaming software. Technologies mentioned as being related to AR/VR are 360 Video, 3D modeling, Makerspaces, Arduino, the Internet of Things and 3D printing. Readers who want to explore these AR/VR resources are referred to the 2018 New Media Consortium Horizon Report for Higher Education or the volume Beyond Reality: Augmented, Virtual, and Mixed Reality in the Library, edited by Kenneth J. Varnum. Ms. van Arnhem is taking recommendations for apps and gear that you would like her to review at - NN