Current Cites

May 2020

Edited by Roy Tennant

Contributors: Peter Hirtle, Edward Lim Junhao, Nancy Nyland

Evans, Benedict. "The VR WinterBenedict Evans  (16 May 2020)( - Benedict Evan is an independent analyst on mobile, digital media, and technology. He makes the claim here that virtual reality (VR) is not the next platform after smartphones, but another branch off the side of tech – like console games. More importantly, we’re unable to determine what kind of place VR will occupy in the future. We just know VR has a place. Have you been playing a VR game while under lockdown? Please don't do this. It's also why we need a pass-through headset. - ELJ

Thompson, Kim M., and Anindita  Paul. "Factors of Digital Inclusion among Women: Revisiting India and Extending to Chile and Australie for Additional AnalysisLibrary Quarterly  90(2)(April 2020): 173-188. ( - As stated in the title, this article continues on the theme of a 2016 study. In the countries they have chosen, the authors focus “not only on digital technology use but also information-seeking behaviors.” (p. 174) They chose six factors to explore: digital literacy, privacy and security, social networking, professional use, everyday life and time. Interestingly, they found that "[p]articipants who helped others ...with digital technology tended to feel more confident with digital technology themselves." (p. 178). For this second study they added two more factors: device dependency and physical access. (p. 183). Although they consider their data exploratory, it may encourage researchers to do similar studies in other countries, and can be used by policymakers to "create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive digital and information world." (p. 187) - NN

UC Berkeley Library, . "UC Berkeley Library makes it easier to digitize collections responsibly with novel workflows and bold policy Berkeley Library News  (14 May 2020)( - This article announces and provides background for the responsible access workflows developed in support digitization in the library. The workflows guide users through four key law and policy areas that should be considered by any cultural heritage institution engaged in a digitization project: copyright, contracts, privacy, and ethics. The workflows are not conclusive; there are still going to be cases in which each institution that applies the workflows will need to make its own determination of how to proceed. And item-level review using these workflows may not be manageable for large collections. But they are an extremely clear reminder of possible problematic issues that can be unearthed through digitization, and can serve as a valuable framework for discussion of the issues in any digital project. - PH