Editorial note:

This section contains items culled from various Internet news services, discussion lists and other announcements.  Unless specifically noted, I have not visited the sites, used any of the software, reviewed the literature, or written the news items.  I present this digest to you in good faith but cannot vouch for the accuracy of its content.  

Kerry Smith


Advances in Research on Information and Technology

            New journal


From: Open Lib/Info Sci Education Forum [mailto:JESSE@LISTSERV.UTK.EDU] On Behalf Of Rebecca B Reynolds
Sent: Thursday, 8 January 2009 3:51 AM
Subject: Call for papers: new journal launching Summer/Fall 2009


Call for Papers

Advances in Research on Information and Technology

Integrative Papers for Practitioners and Scientists, published internationally in electronic and paper formats by the Academy of Asian Scholars (AAS)


The information field evolves quickly. Working professionals who manage information - in companies, libraries, government, education or non-profits - must strive to keep up with the rapid development of the field.

A new series of papers, entitled Advances in Research on Information and Technology will provide a concentrated dose of critical updates for busy professionals who must access the latest and most important findings in the information field. Advances will publish articles representative of the scholarship of "integration" -- defined by Ernest Boyer in his work, Scholarship Reconsidered: Priorities of the Professoriate (1990), as making connections across the disciplines, placing the specialties in larger context, illuminating data in a revealing way, and often educating non-specialists (18--19). Articles and publications representing the scholarship of integration are under-represented in the information and technology research literature, however such synthesis is increasingly necessary for effective and strategic practice in both the scholarly and professional domains.

Papers published in Advances will assemble, analyze, and synthesize primary research papers across the information disciplines, including:  library and information science, information systems, information policy, and related, newly emerging areas. The journal will target the readership of advanced information professionals, as well as the scholarly community, keeping readers current to the most timely and resonant themes in research on information and technology. Comprehensive literature reviews (e.g., synthesis articles derived from theses) and meta-analyses are encouraged.

The publishers of the Advances series is exploring a unique sales royalties model, in which authors will be paid for each published paper, based on print circulation, library and institutional subscriptions, and individual electronic article downloads.

Presently, we are soliciting submissions for the ongoing series, scheduled to launch with its inaugural issue in July 2009. Submissions of integration pieces may be either in "bulletin" format (~2500--3000 words) or "monograph" format (~5000--6000 words). We also welcome proposals for longer publications. Each paper should cover one topic in depth, with clarity.

The standard issue will cover a range of topics targeted towards the advanced information professional. Some special volumes will be themed. You may also propose to guest-edit a themed volume, thoroughly defining the theme proposed, and providing a list of relevant authors and individual article topics, to broadly reflect the given theme.

Below is a suggested list of topics in the field of information technology field; all topics related to information and technology are welcome.

* Data mining
* Digital asset management
* Digital literacy
* Digital libraries
* Evidence-based decision making
* Human-computer interaction
* Information economics
* Information management
* Information policy
* Information privacy
* Information retrieval
* Information security
* Large system design
* Library management
* Metadata
* Network management
* Open source technology
* User behavior
* Virtual organizations

Advances in Research on Information and Technology will deliver content to laptops, mobile devices, and book readers in multiple languages, almost immediately after the manuscript is finalized. The publication will also be available in paper and electronic form by subscription to libraries, institutions, and other organizations.

The editorial selection process is led by Senior Editor, Dr. Jian Qin of Syracuse University, as well invited guest editors for themed volumes, and our distinguished Editorial Board, to be announced in the first quarter of 2009.

The deadline for manuscript submission for the inaugural paper series is January 31, 2009. Submissions are accepted on an ongoing basis, and should be made in electronic format. Visit following link, provide the full article, and include an abstract of approximately 500 words.

For further instructions regarding format and submissions, please visit

To submit an article online:  Register at the above link, visit the "User Home" page, click "Author," and follow the instructions for uploading your file.

For questions and inquiries about manuscript topics and submission, or to propose a themed issue, please contact:

Jian Qin, Ph.D., Senior Editor
School of Information Studies, Syracuse University
235 Hinds Hall, Syracuse, NY 13244, USA
Tel: +1 (315) 443-5642, Fax: +1 (315) 443-5806, Email: arit [at]

Rebecca Reynolds, Ph.D., Managing Editor
School of Information Studies, Syracuse University
223 Hinds Hall, Syracuse, NY 13244, USA
Tel: +1 (315) 443-2527, Fax: +1 (315) 443-5806, Email: arit [at]





            Autumn issue


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Sent: Tuesday, 18 November 2008 12:18 AM
Subject: Re: Autumn 2008 Issue of Ariadne available


Issue 57 (Autumn 2008) of Ariadne Web Magazine available


Apologies for cross-posting:


Issue 57 of Ariadne Web Magazine

contains the following articles:


   Main Articles:


*OAI-ORE, PRESERV2 and Digital Preservation

- Sally Rumsey and Ben O'Steen describe OAI-ORE and how it can

contribute to digital preservation activities.


*A Bug's Life?: How Metaphors from Ecology Can Articulate the Messy

Details of Repository Interactions

- R. John Robertson, Mahendra Mahey and Phil Barker introduce work

investigating an alternative model of repository and service interaction.


*Get Tooled Up: SeeAlso: A Simple Linkserver Protocol

- Jakob Voss combines OpenSearch and unAPI to enrich catalogues.


*Implementing e-Legal Deposit: A British Library Perspective

- Ronald Milne and John Tuck summarise progress towards implementation

of the Legal Deposit Libraries Act 2003 which extended provision to

non-print materials. Particular reference is made to the British Library.


*Europeana: An Infrastructure for Adding Local Content

- Rob Davies describes a Best Practice Network under the eContentPlus

Programme to make available locally sourced digital content to the

Europeana Service.


*Copyright Angst, Lust for Prestige and Cost Control: What

Institutions Can Do to Ease Open Access

- Leo Waaijers writes about copyright, prestige and cost control in

the world of open access while in two appendices Bas Savenije and

Michel Wesseling compare the costs of open access publishing and

subscriptions/licences for their respective institutions.


*Get Tooled Up: Staying Connected: Technologies Supporting Remote Workers

- Having considered organisational issues in her previous article,

Marieke Guy takes a look at the many technologies that support remote

working, from broadband to Web 2.0 social networking tools.


*A Selection of Social Media Search Engines

- Phil Bradley takes a look at how social media output is being indexed,

sorted and made available for searching by looking at some

representative samples.


*'What Happens If I Click on This?': Experiences of the Archives Hub

- Jane Stevenson describes the results of usability testing for the

Archives Hub Web site.


At the Event reports:


*iPRES 2008

- Frances Boyle and Adam Farquhar report on the two-day international

conference which was the fifth in the series on digital preservation of

digital objects held at the British Library, in September 2008.


*Embedding Web Preservation Strategies Within Your Institution

- Christopher Eddie reports on the third one-day workshop of the

JISC-PoWR (Preservation of Web Resources) Project held at the University

of Manchester in September 2008.


*CILIP Cataloguing and Indexing Group Annual Conference

- Christina Claridge reports on the conference, held 3-5 September 2008,

University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland.


*Digital Preservation Planning: Principles, Examples and the Future

with Planets

- Frances Boyle and Jane Humphreys report on the one-day workshop on

digital preservation planning jointly organised by the Digital

Preservation Coalition (DPC) and Planets held at the British Library, in

July 2008.


*eResearch Australasia 2008

- Tobias Blanke, Ann Borda, Gaby Bright and Bridget Soulsby report on

the annual eResearch Australasia Conference, held in Melbourne,

Australia, 29 September - 3 October, 2008.



News and Reviews:


*Newsline: News and events


*Website Optimization

- Pete Cliff used to think 'Website Optimisation' simply

meant compressing images and avoiding nested tables, but

in this he book finds out how much more there is to it,

even in the Age of Broadband.


*Managing the Crowd: Rethinking records management for the Web 2.0 world

- Marieke Guy reviews a text that could offer the blueprint for moving

records management into the 21st century.


*Patent Failure: How Judges, Bureaucrats, and Lawyers Put Innovators at Risk

- Stuart Hannabuss reviews a work which debunks some key assumptions

about IPR and contends that current patent arrangements are ineffective.


*Pro Web 2.0 Mashups: Remixing Data and Web Services

- Ralph LeVan looks at a comprehensive work on how to consume and

repurpose Web services.


*Against the Machine: Being Human in the Era of the Electronic Mob

- Mahendra Mahey reviews a book which examines popular Internet culture

and how it may be having negative effects on many of us.


Contributions to Ariadne issue 58 are being arranged and prepared;

please send proposals for articles to me at our regular contact point:


Kindly send books and ideas for review to the Editor's address (below).


Please note that an RSS feed for Ariadne is available:



I hope you will enjoy the new issue. If you would like to discuss making

a contribution, do contact me on:


Best regards,



Richard Waller

Editor Ariadne


The Library

University of Bath

Bath BA2 7AY


tel +44 (0) 1225 383570

fax +44 (0) 1225 386838







Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science


Special issue: image indexing and retrieval: challenges and new perspectives – call for papers


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Sent: Sunday, 29 March 2009 11:24 PM


********************Apologies for cross-postings. Thanks!*************************





Submission Deadline: September 1st, 2009

Guest Editor


Elaine Ménard

School of Information Studies

McGill University

Montreal, Canada




The guest editor of this special issue of the Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science invites original research from all disciplines reporting on various aspects of digital image perception, understanding, indexing, and retrieval. This includes, but is not limited to:


*     Image indexing strategies within an information retrieval context

*     Social computing, image tagging and folksonomies

*     Methods, models, and theories applicable to image research

*     Image users and uses

*     Cognitive aspects of image perception and understanding

*     Cross-Language Image Retrieval

*     Content-Based Image Retrieval (CBIR)


Applications described in the papers can be academic prototypes or commercial software.


Manuscripts will undergo the normal double-blind review process for submissions to CJILS.


The journal


The Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science, established in 1976, is the official journal of the Canadian Association for Information Science. Its objective is to promote the advancement of information science in Canada.



Submissions are accepted in either English or French.

Inquiries and Submission

Please send your manuscript (Word or RTF) to:

Elaine Ménard

School of Information Studies

McGill University

3459 McTavish Street Room MS72

Montreal (Quebec) Canada H3A 1Y1

E-mail: <>


Instructions for authors are available on-line on the journal website: ( <> ).





Date limite de soumission : 1er septembre 2009

Rédactrice invitée

Elaine Ménard

School of Information Studies

McGill University

Montréal, Canada



La rédactrice invitée de ce numéro thématique de la Revue canadienne des sciences de l'information et de bibliothéconomie invite les chercheurs provenant de différentes disciplines à soumettre les résultats de travaux de recherche originaux traitant tout aspect se rapportant à la perception, l'Interprétation, l'indexation et le repérage de l'image numérique. Ce thème inclut, sans pour autant s'y limiter, les aspects suivants :


*     Stratégie pour l'indexation de l'image à l'intérieur du processus de recherche d'information

*     Indexation collaborative, tagging et folksonomies pour l'image

*     Méthodes, modèles, théories en lien avec le repérage d'image

*     Utilisations et utilisateurs d'images

*     Aspects cognitifs de la perception et la compréhension de l'image

*     Recherche d'images en contexte multilingue

*     Repérage d'images basé sur le contenu


Les applications décrites dans les publications peuvent être de nature académique ou destinée à des utilisations commerciales.


Les propositions reçues feront l'objet d'une évaluation anonyme par des pairs selon les modalités normales d'évaluation de la Revue canadienne des sciences de l'information et de bibliothéconomie.


La revue


La Revue canadienne des sciences de l'information et de bibliothéconomie, établie en 1976, est la revue officielle de l'Association canadienne des sciences de l'information. Elle a pour objectif de contribuer à l'avancement des sciences de l'information et de bibliothéconomie au Canada.



Les soumissions sont acceptées en français et en anglais.



Veuillez envoyer votre manuscrit en version électronique (Word ou RTF) à :


Elaine Ménard

School of Information Studies

McGill University

3459 McTavish Street Room MS72

Montréal (Québec) Canada H3A 1Y1

E-mail :

Les instructions pour les auteurs sont disponibles en ligne sur le site de la revue ( <> ).




Chinese Journal of Library and Information Science (CJLIS)

            Call for papers

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Sent: Monday, 20 October 2008 11:43 AM
Subject: FW: CFP: Chinese Journal of Library and Information Science (CJLIS)


Chinese Journal of Library and Information Science,  CJLIS

Call For Papers


Chinese Journal of Library and Information Science (CJLIS,ISSN

1674-3393/CN 11-5670/G2), being sponsored by the Chinese Academy of

Sciences (CAS) and published quarterly by the National Science Library

of CAS, is the first international English-language scholarly journal

in the field of library and information science (LIS) in China

Mainland. The goal of the journal is to provide an international

communication link between researchers, educators, administrators, and

information professionals, and to provide an open forum for Chinese and

international scholars and experts in library and information sciences

to exchange the results of their researches.Striving toward academic

excellence, innovation, and practicality, the Journal mainly includes

research papers both on the theoretical as well as on the practical

frontiers in all aspects of the field. More specifically, it includes

but not limited to informatics, library management, information

technology application, knowledge organization system,knowledge

management, archives, permanent preservation, LIS education, and so on.


Contributed papers are invited covering topics and themes such as those

which concern with national, regional or institutional construction of

digital libraries in China or other countries, specifically those

innovations in information services and technologies for digital

libraries and intellectual property, or those hot issues in the

developments of public and academic libraries, information science,

library education, cataloging, inter-library loan, subject reference,

and developments of library consortia.


Notes for Intending Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be

currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. All papers are

refereed through a peer review process. Guidelines for manuscript

submission can be requested at Editorial Office of CJLIS. CJLIS

publishes papers such as research papers, library practice & project

reports. For submission, you may send one copy in the form of an MS

Word or PDF file attached to an e-mail to:


Prof. Dr. ZHANG Xiaolin

Editor-in-Chief of CJLIS

CJLIS Editorial Office

National Science Library of the Chinese Academy of Sciences

Beisihuan Xilu 33, Zhongguancun, Haidian District, Beijing 100190, P.R. China


Tel: (86)-010-82624454 or (86)-010-82626611 ext. 6628

Fax: (86)-010-82621460





Current Cites

September 2008

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                                Current Cites


                                September 2008


                           Edited by [2]Roy Tennant



   Contributors: [3]Charles W. Bailey, Jr., [4]Frank Cervone, [5]Warren

   Cheetham, Brad Eden, [6]Susan Gibbons, [7]Leo Robert Klein, Brian




   Adamson, Veronica, Paul  Bacsich, and Ken  Chad, et. al.[8]JISC &

   SCONUL Library Management Systems Study  (March

   2008)( -

   Although published earlier this year, this report is just beginning to

   get attention outside the United Kingdom. While some would say that

   there is little new in this report, the value of this report is that it

   provides an additional perspective; one that confirmations what we see

   happening in North America is, in fact, a global phenomenon. In the

   report, we find that like the US and Canadian LMS markets, the UK

   market is dominated by four vendors with relatively little product

   differentiation among the various systems. Libraries are slow to adapt

   ERMS (Electronic Resource Management Systems) and remain unconvinced of

   the value of federated search products. Additionally, libraries are not

   using the information they gather about user preferences in ways that

   help enhance the position of the library as their patron's first choice

   for resource discovery. Finally, local OPACs are losing ground as

   preferred information discovery systems with the end result being the

   potential for the traditional LMS to become just a back-end system to

   other, more global and encompassing, resource discovery systems. -



   Albanese, Andrew. "[10]Senate Passes Orphan Works Bill; 'PRO IP' Bill

   Headed to President's Desk"  [11]Library Journal  (30 September


   =reg_visitor_id&source=title). - Two very important copyright bills

   have been acted on by Congress recently. The [12]Shawn Bentley Orphan

   Works Act of 2008 has been passed by the House. Both the House and the

   Senate have passed the [13]Prioritizing Resources and Organization for

   Intellectual Property Act (PRO-IP Act), which is being sent for the

   President's signature. ALA has issued a [14]call to action about the

   Orphan Works Act. Albanese's article provides a quick summary of the

   bills, then discusses the Orphan Works Act in more detail. - [15]CB


   Bothma, Theo J. D.. [16]Access to libraries and information: Towards a

   fairer world (IFLA/FAIFE World Report V. 7)  The Hague, Netherlands:

   International Federation of Library Associations and Agencies, May


   s_VII.pdf). - This is the 4th in a series of reports from IFLA/FAIFE on

   the state of intellectual freedom around the world. In this report,

   representatives from 116 countries provide information about

   intellectual freedom issues in their country. An encouraging sign is

   that this report contains reports from a number of countries that were

   not represented in prior reports. In addition to providing basic

   statistical information related to libraries, including details about

   Internet access, the report provides information at the country level

   about antiterrorism legislation, freedom of information laws,

   violations of freedom of access to information as well as violations of

   freedom of expression. In addition to the country reports, several

   commissioned articles are part of the report as well. These provide

   extended background information on topics related to intellectual

   freedom, such as censorship in Arab countries, the USA Patriot Act and

   its impact on libraries, and the role of libraries in fighting

   corruption in Russia. - [17]FC


   Kelton, AJ. "[18]Virtual Worlds?: Outlook Good "  [19]EDUCAUSE Review

   43(5)(September/October 2008): 15-22.

   ( - The Sept/Oct

   issue of EDUCAUSE Review focuses on the theme of virtual worlds in

   higher education. Each of the authors, who are also identified by their

   avatar names, are students, faculty or instructional technologists with

   substantial academic experiences in virtual worlds to share. AJ

   Kelton's (aka AJ Brooks) piece focuses on what is currently the most

   popular virtual world, Second Life. With more than 14 million users, of

   which 59% fall within the age brackets of 18-44 years, hundreds of

   educational institutions are building a presence in Second Life.

   Kelton, however, does not ignore the very real challenges ahead for

   virtual world use in education. For example, the wide perceptual that

   virtual worlds are nothing more than sophisticated games will need to

   be overcome if virtual world pedagogy is to gain acceptance. This

   entire issue is an excellent introduction, without the hype, to the

   potential application of virtual worlds by higher education

   institutions. - [20]SG


   Maness, Jack M., Tomasz  Miaskiewicz, and Tamara  Sumner. "[21]Using

   personas to understand the needs and goals of institutional repository

   users"  [22]D-Lib Magazine  14(9/10)(September/October

   2008)( -

   This article attempts to answer questions related to the underuse of

   institutional repositories (IRs) in higher education. Interviews were

   conducted by the authors at the University of Colorado at Boulder (UCB)

   with eight graduate students and twelve faculty members from several

   disciplines. The results were then compiled using the Latent Semantic

   Analysis (LSA) approach used in the human-computer interaction (HCI)

   field. The clustering of the results into four unique user groups, or

   personas, provide interesting results that can help to guide IR

   creators and managers in the design and marketing of IRs. The authors

   provide a brief background on IRs, a detailed description of personas

   and their use in the HCI discipline, their methodology for the

   interviews, and their results. A discussion of the four personas

   identified through the interview process reveals some of the challenges

   and concerns that potential depositors have with IRs, especially

   related to design, tools, and the use of intermediaries to facilitate

   IR deposit and description. An appendix gives an extended look at the

   four personas that emerged from the interview process, and their

   specific wants and needs in relation to an IR at UCB. The LSA technique

   applied to this study revealed some fascinating evidence and user

   groupings that should assist anyone thinking about establishing an IR

   or currently working with the challenges of users submitting content to

   an IR. - BE


   Metropolitan Library System, . "[23]Best Practices For the

   Customer-Focused Library"  [24]WebJunction  (27 August


   052623&name=DLFE-1830002.pdf). - Considering the recent discussion on

   library email lists and blogs about calling library users 'members'

   rather than 'customers', this analysis of library patrons by a retail

   consultant, phrased in retail terms, may irk some, but it is a very

   useful document for librarians wanting to understand their users.

   Commissioned by the Metropolitan Library System, the study looked at

   customer behaviour in four Chicago area libraries (public and

   academic). Use of the library was measured by tracking customers'

   movements within a library, by questionnaires and by video tracking of

   traffic flow, wait times and transactions times. Some results are

   surprising - 56% of people spent less than 10 minutes in the library

   and two-thirds did not know what they wanted before they arrived. The

   first half of the report outlines these and other key findings in brief

   paragraphs, and the second half contains best practice solutions,

   including suggestions for libraries with no budget, low budget or high

   budgets. Whether they use the terms members, patrons, users or

   customers, there is no doubt that libraries can learn a lot from the

   hard-nosed data collection and analysis that the retail industry has

   spent years refining. Supporting data from the consultants, and

   implementation plans from the library directors of the target libraries

   can also be found on the WebJunction site. - [25]WC


   Palmer, Carole L., Lauren C.  Teffeau, and Mark P.

   Newton. [26]Identifying Factors of Success in CIC Institutional

   Repository Development - Final Report  New York: Andrew W. Mellon

   Foundation, August 2008.( - There are

   now many institutional repository case studies available, but what sets

   this report apart is its comparative method, and especially its focus

   on IR development as an emerging area of professional

   librarianship--albeit one without established criteria for successful

   IR implementation. In addition to outlining the approaches of three

   research university IR programs, the report looks at the human and

   organizational infrastructure of IRs with a focus on development teams,

   the role of liaison librarians, core competencies, content acquisition

   issues, and suggested areas for future investigation. It calls on

   repository programs to think more strategically and specifically about

   the role of the repository by asking questions such as: "what specific

   problems can IRs solve for faculty?" Based on in-depth interviews

   (which are extensively quoted) with librarians, developers and faculty

   members, this report will reaffirm the experiences of many repository

   managers while providing them a number of new ideas for program

   development, and it provides a good overview of repository development

   issues for those librarians not as familiar with the field. - BR


   The British Library, . "[27]Digitisation strategy 2008-2011"

   [28]British Library  (August


   egy/). - When a major library institution like the British Library sets

   out its vision for digitisation over the next ten years (as well as

   drivers and priorities for the next three years), it's worth paying

   close attention to. Especially when the strategy says that the library

   will "open up access to content", "create a critical mass of digitised

   content" and "facilitate the interpretation of our content by others

   for new audiences". Very few other libraries in the world match the

   British Library's collection, however libraries of all shapes and sizes

   can take some pointers when developing their own strategic digitisation

   plans. Guiding Principles in the plan cover user needs, business

   models, intellectual property rights, storage and preservation,

   resource discovery and technical aspects of digitisation. Also worth

   noting is brief section titled "How we will measure success". It is

   framed in generalised terms, but perhaps more defined targets will be

   forthcoming. The library estimates that less than 1% of their

   collection has been digitised, so it will interesting to see how this

   new strategy goes about uncovering and sharing treasures from their

   collection. - [29]WC


   Wroblewski, Luke. "[30]The Information Architecture Behind Good Web

   Forms"  [31]Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science

   and Technology  34(6)(August/September

   2008)( -

   In a sense, the whole WWW is nothing but a bunch of forms. For that

   reason, speculation on what makes some forms work better than others is

   always a hot topic. In this article Luke Wroblewski, author of "Web

   Form Design: Filling in the Blanks" (Rosenfeld Media, 2008), gives his

   "top three tips for designing good forms". From the get-go, he states a

   truism that can't be repeated enough, "No one really wants to fill in a

   form". If people have to, they want to get it over as soon as possible.

   This means making the form as short and easy to navigate as possible.

   Indeed, Wroblewski argues for a cumulative approach to collecting

   information, something he calls 'gradual engagement', where you only

   ask for those bits of information you absolutely need to accomplish the

   specific task at hand and through later activities you build out a

   fuller picture. This is just one of several interesting articles in

   this edition of the 'Bulletin of the ASIST'. - [32]LRK


   Zorich, Diane M., Gunter  Waibel, and Ricky  Erway. [33]Beyond the

   Silos of the LAMs: Collaboration among Libraries, Archives and

   Museums  Dublin, OH: OCLC Programs and Research,

   2008.( -

   Collaboration between libraries, archives, and museums. It sounds like

   a good idea, but how to make it work? To find out, RLG Programs held

   one-day workshops at the University of Edinburgh, Princeton University,

   the Smithsonian Institution, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and Yale

   University. It also had phone conversations and meetings with thought

   leaders and representatives of other RLG Programs partners. This report

   summarizes its findings, and offers guidance about how to effectively

   collaborate - [34]CB



   Current Cites - ISSN: 1060-2356 is hosted by the community at

   (c) Copyright 2008 by Roy Tennant

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      October 2008

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                               Current Cites


                                October 2008


                          Edited by [2]Roy Tennant


   Contributors: [3]Charles W. Bailey, Jr., Keri Cascio, [4]Warren

   Cheetham, [5]Alison Cody, Brian Rosenblum



   Castiglione, James. "[6]Environmental scanning: an essential tool for

   twenty-first century librarianship"  [7]Library Review

   57(7)(2008): 528-536.



   - This paper sets a lofty goal -- a global, coordinated effort towards

   consistent Environmental Scanning (ES) by professional library

   associations. Fortunately, before we reach that global level, the

   author takes an introductory journey through the field of ES and

   encourages the use of ES in all levels and sectors of LIS practice, in

   order to achieve a "more precise alignment of library resources and

   services with the rapidly changing information service requirements of

   our stakeholders". In arguing for a comprehensive ES program,

   Castiglione singles out monitoring of the technological environment as

   an important specialist role that could be shared globally by

   professional library organisations. He argues that such a high level

   information gathering and sharing effort could help present a unified

   global voice with which our profession could engage in dialogue with

   major companies spearheading technological changes. - [8]WC


   Lankes, R. David. "[9]Credibility on the internet: shifting from

   authority to reliability"  [10]Journal of Documentation

   64(5)(2008): 667-686.



   - As internet technology develops and as people become more

   "information self-sufficient", the tools and techniques they use to

   determine the credibility of online information changes. It feels like

   this paper sits the internet searcher at the centre of a conceptual

   "onion" surrounded by translucent layers of thought-processes,

   judgements, decisions, and technologies which all lead the searcher to

   make a sub-conscious assessment about the credibility and reliability

   of the information they have found online. Lankes does a good job of

   patiently peeling back the onion layers, explaining the significance

   and importance of each layer. The paper moves from an exploration of

   non-library use of the internet (online banking, purchasing books,

   voting etc), through to how users learn and participate online, a

   detailed look at the technological levels of the internet which affect

   users, and a discussion about the growing culture of transparency. This

   all builds to a discussion about how "the power of choice is shifting

   models of credibility from traditional authorities to what will be

   called a 'reliability approach' where the user determines credibility

   by synthesizing multiple sources of credibility judgements". This is

   the point where the high concepts reach real-world practice, and should

   be of particular interest to LIS educators training the next generation

   of library staff, and library staff involved in information literacy

   training. - [11]WC


   Leetaru, Kalev. "[12]Mass Book Digitization: The Deeper Story of Google

   Books and the Open Content Alliance"  [13]First Monday  13(10)(6



   wArticle/2101/2037). - This article compares and evaluates in some

   detail the Google Books and Open Content Alliance (OCA) initiatives,

   providing an excellent overview of their production workflows (to the

   extent they are known), how they address issues of transparency and

   openness, their approach to rights management, and their use of

   metadata. Because the purpose of these initiatives is access rather

   than preservation, the transparency of the production and scanning

   operations is not as crucial as the transparency of rights issues and

   the usability of the final product. Despite OCA's "open" model and the

   common criticisms of Google as being secretive and proprietary, the

   author finds that Google is in many ways more transparent, and he

   raises concerns about the long-term sustainability of the OCA rights

   model, its metadata management, and its transparency. On a related

   note, as this issue of Current Cites was going to press, Google, the

   Association of American Publishers, and the Authors Guild [14]announced

   a settlement to the class action lawsuit filed against Google in 2005.

   The settlement (not addressed in this article) should clarify a number

   of rights issues, but will undoubtedly receive much commentary as

   people work through it over the coming weeks. - BR


   Osswald, Achim . "[15]E-science and information services: a missing

   link in the context of digital libraries"  [16]Online Information

   Review  32(4)(2008): 516-523.



   - Librarians wanting to make a significant professional impact in the

   online environment should consider how to share their skills with

   scientists working on the web. e-Science is "based on distributed

   networks providing the software and computer power necessary to process

   large sets of data, by interconnecting computers and tools wherever

   they are available". The supposed benefits of this are enhanced

   information exchange, better communication and cooperation, and

   increased competitiveness. According to Osswald's research, very few

   e-Science projects in the European Union and Germany use the expertise

   of library and information services (LIS). The danger of this is

   two-fold; reduced quality of e-Science-related research, and a decrease

   in the role and influence of LIS experts in the field. This paper

   outlines how scientists use e-Science resources, some of the problems

   they face in using and sharing large datasets, and outlines some areas

   where LIS can add value to e-Science. These areas include;data capture,

   reference and access, personalisation, value-adding services, and

   academic publishing and resource linking. A brief comparison of similar

   e-Science projects in the UK and USA suggest an absence of LIS

   expertise in these regions as well. Librarians have been quick to adapt

   to the online world, however it appears that the profession has some

   work to do to become influential in the field of e-Science. In doing

   so, perhaps in some small way we will repay the debt we owe scientists

   for the creation and development of the internet, which has become so

   central to our professional. - [17]WC


   Salaway, Gail, Judith B.  Caruso, and Mark R.  Nelson. [18]The ECAR

   Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2008

   Boulder, CO: EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research,


   a/47485). - This study presents the results of a 2008 survey of

   information technology use by selected categories of U.S. higher

   education students (i.e., freshmen, seniors, and community college

   students) as well as focus group findings from that population. The

   sample included 27,317 students from 98 institutions. Although we tend

   to think of today's students as the "Net Generation," 46% of

   respondents did not own a desktop computer and 20% did not own a laptop

   (all figures rounded). Nonetheless, students averaged 20 hours a week

   online. The library Web site (93%), social network sites (85%), text

   messaging (84%), course management systems (82%), downloading music and

   videos (77%), and instant messaging (74%) were popular online

   destinations and activities. Online content creation was a much less

   frequent activity, ranging from 47% who put up content on photo and

   video sites to 17% engaged in social bookmarking. - [19]CB


   Sessoms, Pam, and Eric  Sessoms. "[20]LibraryH3lp: A New Flexible Chat

   Reference System"  [21]The Code4Lib Journal  (4)(22 September

   2008)( - Open source software

   allows developers to find answers to problems without reinventing the

   wheel. The "Night Owl" virtual reference service in North Carolina was

   getting frustrated with using IM chat services and a commercial virtual

   reference system simultaneously. The chat widgets and services were

   consistently getting more traffic, but there were some usability

   concerns, including compatibility with screen readers and the lack of

   clickable links during the chat. Using the XMPP (jabber) protocol, the

   authors were able to reach their design goals, including flexible

   routing of chats, clickable links, and pop-out chat windows. The

   article gives lots of technical information about the LibraryH3lp

   system, but also brings to light many of the challenges faced by "real,

   working librarians who [are] struggling with using the existing tools

   while striving to expand their growing service." - KC


   Vishwanath, Arun, and Hao  Chen. "[22]Personal Communication

   Technologies as an Extension of the Self: A Cross-Cultural Comparison

   of People's Associations with Technology and Their Symbolic Proximity

   with Others"  [23]Journal of the American Society for Information

   Science and Technology  59(11)(September 2008): 1761-1775.


   &SRETRY=0). - What's your emotional attachment to IM? Which modes of

   communication do you prefer to use when talking to particular groups of

   people? Vishwanath and Chen set out to find out, and to compare answers

   across cultures. They asked college students in the U.S., Germany and

   Singapore to estimate the distance between themselves and seven

   personal technologies (cell phone, personal e-mail, blog, IM, home

   page, home phone and office/school phone), and then to indicate which

   technologies they used to contact particular groups of people

   (partners, family, friends, strangers, etc.). They found that the

   technologies considered closest to the self are similar in each of the

   three cultures (e-mail and cell phone were in the top four for each),

   but they were used to maintain contact with different groups of people.

   In addition, results for the U.S. showed that the respondents were very

   clear in using particular modes of communication to maintain particular

   relationships; conversely, U.S. respondents were also more willing to

   cross those self-imposed lines. Overall, if you can wrap your head

   around the idea of measuring the emotional attachment between yourself

   and your cell phone as a distance (not to mention the methods used to

   analyze the data), the article provides some interesting food for

   thought. Of potential interest to U.S. reference librarians was their

   finding that the modes of communication associated with "strangers from

   the same country" were cell phones, personal home pages and IM. This

   may point to the popularity of IM reference services on some college

   campuses, and also begs the question: do we try out an SMS reference

   service? - [24]AC




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   Contributors: [3]Charles W. Bailey, Jr., [4]Frank Cervone, [5]Warren

   Cheetham, [6]Alison Cody, [7]Susan Gibbons, [8]Leo Robert Klein, Brian

   Rosenblum, [9]Karen G. Schneider, [10]Roy Tennant,



   Band, Jonathan. [11]A Guide for the Perplexed: Libraries & the Google

   Library Project Settlement  Washington, DC: Association of Research

   Libraries and the American Library Association,

   2008.( - Few

   copyright cases are as important as the lawsuit brought against Google

   by the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers (The

   Authors Guild, Inc., et al. v. Google Inc.) over Google Book Search.

   There is a tentative joint [12]settlement for this lawsuit; however the

   [13]document is over 200 pages long and it is complex. Needless to say,

   you are unlikely to want to try to decipher the whole thing yourself.

   Fortunately, [14]Band, a noted intellectual property expert, has done

   that for you in a svelte, comprehensible 23-page document. - [15]CB


   Breeding, Marshall. "[16]Open Source Integrated Library Systems"

   [17]Library Technology Reports  44(8)(December


   systems.html). - As the one person most knowledgeable about the

   integrated library systems (ILS) landscape in the United States (and

   probably beyond), few are as well-positioned to take a look at open

   source ILS software as Marshall Breeding. Here is exactly the kind of

   straightforward expository look at these options you have come to

   expect from Breeding. Although it is not an in-depth comparison, he

   provides charts of specific functions (e.g., faceted browsing, book

   jacket display, invoice processing, etc.) and identifies which of these

   each of the four highlighted options supports. Systems covered in this

   detail include Koha, Evergreen, OPALS, and NewGenLib. Unfortunately,

   this also makes the shelf-life of this LTR likely to be measured in

   months. As Breeding himself says, "This report provides a snapshot in

   time of the open source ILS products and companies. The world of ILS is

   evolving rapidly, even more so than previous trends in library

   technology." So get it now, while it's hot, or else don't bother. -



   Cain, Thomas J., Joseph J.  Branin, and W. Michael

   Sherman. "[19]Knowledge Management and the Academy"  [20]EDUCAUSE

   Quarterly  31(4): 26-33.

   ( - The care,

   organization, and distribution of institutional data appears to be a

   growing trend within academic librarianship. Ohio State University

   Libraries was one of the first to recognize this need and provide its

   institution with a viable solution. This article describes how

   authoritative data derived from university online systems, such as

   human resources, registrar, libraries, and sponsored research, were

   combined to create OSU:pro. The reports and visuals generated by this

   data provide university administrators with a better understanding of

   faculty activity, helps faculty to manage research reporting, and

   offers students and the greater community a way to locate specialists

   and scholars. While a very complex challenge, it is certainly one that

   many academic libraries will need to address in the coming years. -



   Fogel, Karl. [22]Producing Open Source Software : How to Run a

   Successful Free Software Project  Sebastopol, California: O'Reilly,

   October, 2005.( - This stupendously useful

   book addresses not simply the tools valuable to open source products,

   which are subject to change, but the human factors of these projects,

   which are timeless. Throughout the discussions of version control,

   wikis, licensing, and other "how-to" issues, Fogel repeatedly circles

   back to people issues, with a strong emphasis on that bete noir,

   communication. Fogel's deep experience with open source projects shines

   through in chapters such as "Social and Political Infrastructure,"

   where he frankly addresses one of the larger mysteries of open source

   development: who gets to decide? The chapter called "Money" should be

   read by any nonprofit organization embarking on an open source project,

   as Fogel clarifies the need to shake piggy-banks to provide quality

   assurance, usability testing, documentation, and even development.

   "Producing Open Source Software" is not only good reading for anyone

   involved in open source development, but it is also an engaging and

   useful introduction to open source for library managers and operational

   staff trying to wrap their heads around this very important software

   development model. The book is online for free in multiple formats, but

   also available for purchase in a handy dead-tree edition. - [23]KGS


   Horrigan, John B. "[24]Use of Cloud Computing Applications and

   Services"  [25]Pew Internet & American Life Project  (12 September

   2008)( - More

   and more of us are getting used to cloud computing -- whether we

   realize it or not. This was the subject of a recent study by the Pew

   Internet&American Life Project. The study asked if internet users had

   done of one of six cloud computing activities (used webmail, stored

   photos or videos online, used a service like Google Documents, paid to

   store files online or backed up a hard drive to an online service) and

   found that 69% of internet users had done at least one of those

   activities; 40% had done at least two. Younger users in particular are

   growing more and more acclimated to cloud computing: 87% have done at

   least one activity, and 59% have done two. But despite our growing

   willingness to let someone else store this data on our behalf, we still

   expect to have control of the data. The study found that 90% of those

   surveyed said they would be "very concerned" if a company hosting their

   data sold it; 80% said they would be "very concerned" if their photos

   and video were used in an ad campaign. This paradox points to a slew of

   issues, running the gamut from better-educating users about password

   strength to pushing for more transparency from the companies providing

   these services. It's also worth considering whether there is a place

   here for libraries to step in. Can we build on our reputation for

   protecting our patrons' privacy when it comes to their reading choices,

   and offer them an alternative storage space for materials relating to

   their academic pursuits? - [26]AC


   Horrigan , John B, and Sydney  Jones. "[27]When Technology Fails"

   [28]Pew Internet & American Life Project  (16 November

   2008)( - The

   focus of this study is the failure rate of various consumer electronic

   and ICT devices, user's reactions to those failures, and how people

   attempted to fix the problem. Internet connections at home are most

   likely to fail, and iPods and other MP3 players seem to be the most

   resistant to failure. When faced with a failed device, over one third

   of users contacted user-support and 28% attempted to fix the problem

   themselves. The course of action that people choose to remedy a failure

   depends on the device, and people's reaction to a failed device may

   depend on age and gender. Some interesting points to ponder for library

   services, in considering what "user-support" is offered for

   library-related technology products and services. (P.S. My printer

   failed when I first tried to print this report.) - [29]WC


   Ito, Mizuko, Heather  Horst, and Matteo  Bittanti, et. al."[30]Living

   and learning with new media: summary of findings from the Digital Youth

   Project (white paper)"  [31]Digital Youth Research and The John D. and

   Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation  (November


   h-WhitePaper.pdf). - Most adults seem to be aware that young people

   integrate digital media and online communication into their lives in

   ways not understood or experienced by most adults. The question of how

   this online life shapes young people's experience of literacy, learning

   and authoritative knowledge are explored in these results of a

   three-year study of 800 youth and young adults. The results and

   implications for the education profession (and libraries) are exciting

   and challenging. Young people are motivated by a desire to manage and

   strengthen existing friendships, as well as "geeking out", a highly

   social and engaged way of peer-based, self-directed learning. The

   report suggests that adults can play an important role in the online

   life of young people -- by removing barriers that deprive teens of

   access to online participation, and by setting learning goals when

   teens are engaged in interest-driven online learning. - [32]WC


   Maron, Nancy L., and K. Kirby  Smith. [33]Current Models of Scholarly

   Communication: Results of an Investigation Conducted by Ithaka for the

   Association of Research Libraries  Washington, DC: Association of

   Research Libraries, November

   2008.( - This study,

   which involved 301 librarians at 41 institutions interviewing

   professors about their use of digital resources, attempts to increase

   our understanding about new models of scholarly communication by

   identifying a large list of specific resources and asking questions

   about emerging patterns, genres, quality control practices, and other

   issues. The survey identifies and discusses eight types of digital

   resources (e-only journals, reviews, preprints, reference sources, data

   resources, blogs, discussion forums, and academic hubs) and provides a

   useful list of over 200 digital scholarly resources (also available

   online in a [34]searchable database). Among the study's main

   conclusions are: digital innovations are taking place in all

   disciplines; digital publishing is shaped powerfully by the traditions

   of scholarly culture; many digital resources are small, niche

   resources; and achieving sustainability is a universal challenge. The

   study also suggests there is a valuable role for libraries to play in

   supporting these digital initiatives, through knowledge-sharing with

   faculty, proactive preservation initiatives, guiding the creation of

   new projects, and, more generally, serving as a "nexus of

   communication" on campus. - BR


   Millard, Elizabeth. "[35]How to Make Web 2.0 Productivity Tools Work"

   [36]Baseline Magazine  (10 October


   =5237&pop=1&hide_ads=1&page=2&hide_js=1). - Although written more with

   a corporate audience in mind, this short article highlights some of the

   more important things to keep in mind when trying to encourage the use

   of Web 2.0 tools in an organization. Although some of the suggestions

   might seem self-evident to Library 2.0 advocates, the author reminds us

   that if we want to encourage innovation we have to abandon some

   preconceived notions of how things should be managed. For example, the

   author stresses the point that we should abandon attempts at detailed

   productivity measures where Web 2.0 tools are concerned and look

   instead at overall productivity of workers in relationship to their

   projects and tasks. Another recommendation is to allow personal use but

   limit the amount of time people engage in personal work through common

   understanding rather than rigid control. Finally, the author suggests

   using microblogging as a recruiting and retention tool. In addition to

   signifying that the organization is interested in pursuing newer

   technologies, microblogging and other tools have an additional benefit

   as they help improve collaboration among workers. - [37]FC


   Rochkind, Jonathan. "[38]A Primer in Risk: Taking a Critical Look at

   Common Support Scenarios for Open Source Software"  [39]Library

   Journal  (15 November

   2008)( - There

   continues to be much hype and debate about open source software,

   although we appear to be approaching a level of mature discussion and

   serious consideration heretofore rarely seen. This piece by Rochkind (a

   programmer at Johns Hopkins University and well-regarded [40]Code4Lib

   regular) is an excellent contribution to the kind of level-headed

   discourse of which this topic deserves. As Rochkind points out, not all

   open source software is created (and more importantly, maintained)

   equally. Any library that chooses to go with open source (and make no

   mistake, there are plenty of very good reasons to do so, and probably

   every library already uses open source software) would do well to

   consider the source of support, which can range from one or a few

   programmers who may move on one day to being backed by the full faith

   and force of a large organization or commercial company. And as

   Rochkind also points out, even should the support go away you have the

   option of taking it on yourself, which is an escape hatch that is often

   not an option with closed source software. All in all, this is exactly

   the kind of informative and nuanced discussion of options that will

   hopefully presage a movement away from what often appears to be a

   religious debate into the realm of business like decision-making.

   Highly recommended. - [41]RT


   Schindler, Esther. "[42]6 Scripting Languages Your Developers Wish

   You'd Let Them Use"  [43]CIO Magazine  (13 October


   opers_Wish_You_d_Let_Them_Use?source=nlt_ciostrategy). - While many

   people are familiar with the more common scripting languages such as

   Perl and PHP, this article introduces us to some obscure, emerging, and

   specialty scripting languages. As has been true since the earliest days

   of programming language compilers, most of these languages are destined

   for obscurity as they are designed to fill specific niches which are

   not well-served by more traditional languages. Nonetheless, you never

   know where the next major language is going to come from. Who would

   have predicted in 1997 that PHP would become as important as it has

   been? The languages that are discussed in this article include

   [44]Scala, [45]Groovy, [46]Clojure, [47]Lua, [48]F#, and [49]Boo. While

   it is true that some of these languages are not, in fact, scripting

   languages that's almost irrelevant. These languages address a multitude

   of needs, including making it easier for people to learn how to

   program. The main point of this article is that there is a lot going on

   in the world of programming languages and it's important for us to keep

   up. While we may be Perl and PHP code monkeys today, that won't be true

   5 or 10 years from now. - [50]FC


   Tenopir, Carol, and Donald W.  King. "[51]Electronic Journals and

   Changes in Scholarly Article Seeking and Reading Patterns"  [52]D-Lib

   Magazine  (November/December

   2008)( -

   'If we build it, they will come', has been a guiding principle of most

   libraries putting their content online. One advantage of having done so

   now for several years, is studying the effect, if any, that such access

   has on scholarly reading habits. This the current authors have done

   since 1977. In this article, they offer a shortish yet interesting

   review of their findings particularly in how reading habits relate to

   what eventually gets cited. There is a difference and the narrower

   scope of what makes it to the bibliography may, the authors suggest, be

   due "to peer pressure in the form of choosing more often to cite those

   [items] that are cited by others." - [53]LRK


   Vielmetti, Edward . "[54]Focus on the interface"  [55]netConnect  (15

   October 2008)( -

   Mobile phone ownership and use is growing and this article is a good

   summary of what libraries are currently doing to provide library

   services and resources to mobile platforms. OPACs and library webpages

   can be specially coded for delivery to a mobile device or take

   advantage of "transcoding", which reformats regular library websites

   on-the-fly. Library notices delivered by SMS can help to provide

   "high-value notification and reminder services". Did you know that at

   least one library can SMS the title, location, floor and call number of

   an item found on the OPAC to a mobile device? Customers can then move

   from the OPAC terminal to the correct floor and shelf location of the

   desired item, using the information received by SMS. The article also

   looks at mobile services provided by Amazon and LibraryThing, which

   provides good food for thought for possible library applications. -



   Zuber, Peter A. "[57]A Study of Institutional Repository Holdings by

   Academic Discipline"  [58]D-Lib Magazine


   . - Based on a sample of forty-one four-year U.S. institutions with

   over 15,000 students, Zuber found that institutional repositories

   haven't yet attracted documents from a wide range of disciplines, that

   disciplines with a history of preprint/e-print use are the main

   repository contributors, and that most repositories are not using

   incentives for deposit, such as a "most popular" feature. Eighteen of

   the 41 institutions had institutional repositories, with nine

   evaluating or launching one. - [59]CB



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                                December 2008

                           Edited by [2]Roy Tennant

   Contributors: [3]Charles W. Bailey, Jr., Keri Cascio, [4]Warren
   Cheetham, [5]Alison Cody, [6]Leo Robert Klein, [7]Roy Tennant,

   "[8]Big Data"  [9]Nature  (4 September
   2008)( - This special
   focus is interesting even if you aren't the proud owner of petabytes
   worth of data or more. In fact, as the owner of considerably less than
   that, it is the very contrast that I find fascinating. How can such a
   large pile of data be managed? What are the particular issues faced by
   data centers that manage such data (on this point, Cory Doctorow's
   piece "Welcome to the Petacentre" was particularly enlightening).
   Clifford Lynch also has a piece. We were uncharacteristically late to
   the game on this one, so the issue has long since disappeared from the
   newsstand. Check it out online or at your local library. - [10]RT

   Askey, Dale. "[11]We Love Open Source Software. No, You Can't Have Our
   Code"  [12]Code4Lib Journal  (5)(15 December
   2008)( - Open source software
   seems to have nearly achieved the level of overall righteousness
   formerly reserved for Mom and apple pie. We can detect this by how
   often libraries that write software want to tack the "open source"
   label onto projects without actually releasing the code. It may happen
   eventually, but either it is or it isn't. In this piece, Askey skewers
   the motivations he perceives as contributing to this problem:
   "perfectionism -- unless the code is perfect, we don't want anyone to
   see it, dependency -- if we share this with you, you will never leave
   us alone, quirkiness -- we'd gladly share, but we can't since we're so
   weird, redundancy -- we think your project is neat, but we can do
   better, competitiveness -- we want to be the acknowledged leader, and
   misunderstanding -- a fundamental inability to understand how an open
   source community works." - [13]RT

   Berman, Francine. "[14]Got Data?: a Guide to Data Preservation in the
   Information Age"  [15]Communications of the ACM  51(12)(December
   2008): 50-56. ( -
   Interesting discussion of trends and approaches concerning digital
   preservation. The world is "awash in digital data". In fact, we produce
   way more than we could ever possibly preserve. Determining what gets
   saved and how is comparable to strategies for dealing with
   infrastructure in the physical world. The approach must be "useful,
   usable, cost-effective, and unremarkable". Conceptually, the author
   discusses the 'Branscomb Pyramid' model where data is tiered off
   according to its value, whether personal (eg. photos, tax records) or
   more widespread (eg. government data or irreplacable cultural
   artifacts). Each level requires a different solution and different body
   in charge. The author concludes with a helpful 'Top 10 Guidelines for
   Data Stewardship' which boil down to planning ahead, being organized,
   and being ready for change. - [16]LRK

   Boyle, James. [17]The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the
   Mind  New Haven: Yale University Press,
   2008.( - [18]James Boyle, William Neal
   Reynolds Professor of Law and co-founder of the Center for the Study of
   the Public Domain at Duke University, is a well-known intellectual
   property expert. Like Lawrence Lessig, he has a talent for making
   arcane aspects of IP law clear, and he is a critic of ever more
   restrictive copyright and other IP laws. Here's a brief excerpt that
   describes The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind: "This
   book is an attempt to tell the story of the battles over intellectual
   property, the range wars of the information age. . . . I try to show
   that current intellectual property policy is overwhelmingly and
   tragically bad in ways that everyone, and not just lawyers or
   economists, should care about. We are making bad decisions that will
   have a negative effect on our culture, our kids' schools, and our
   communications networks; on free speech, medicine, and scientific
   research. We are wasting some of the promise of the Internet, running
   the risk of ruining an amazing system of scientific innovation, carving
   out an intellectual property exemption to the First Amendment." In
   addition to the print version, the book is freely available in [19]PDF
   and [20]CommentPress versions. - [21]CB

   Brown-Sica, Margaret. "Playing Tag In the Dark: Diagnosing Slowness in
   Library Response Time"  [22]Information Technology and Libraries
   27(4)(December 2008): 29-32. - This article summarizes the steps taken
   by systems librarians at the Auraria Library in Colorado to diagnose
   and resolve slow response time when users queried proprietary
   databases. As the authors point out, many factors play into the speed
   (or lack thereof) of library databases, and many of those factors are
   outside the control of the library itself. Systems librarians at
   Auraria set out to improve the response time, which they defined as
   "the time it took for a person to send a query from a computer at home
   or in the library to a proprietary information database and receive a
   response back, or how long it took to load a selected full-text
   article." Librarians began by testing bandwidth on library computers,
   and by consulting the university's IT department to determine if
   anything they were doing could potentially be impacting the library's
   traffic. Both investigations led to dead ends. The next factor up to be
   checked was the proxy server (III WAM); perhaps unsurprisingly, testing
   revealed that the response time was better when traffic was not routed
   through the proxy. As a result, the library stopped routing in-library
   traffic through the proxy server, leading to some gains in speed for
   those inside the building. Next up was an investigation of the proxy
   server hardware; A switch and some cabling were replaced, leading to
   additional gains in response time. In addition, specifications for a
   new server (already scheduled to be purchased) were changed: the new
   server will feature additional memory and a second processor. Overall,
   the article offers a specific roadmap for diagnosing and resolving
   response time problems, and as a bonus it is written in approachable
   language that should be easy-to-follow for those
   systems-librarians-by-default among us. - [23]AC

   Dietrich, Dianne, Jennifer  Doty, and Jen  Green, et. al."[24]Reviving
   Digital Projects"  [25]The Code4Lib Journal
   (5)(2008)( - Building new
   digital applications is often exciting and fulfilling, but grinding out
   voluminous documentation for them is not. The only thing that is worse
   is trying to maintain or migrate an old system only to find that the
   inner workings of said system are, in the words of Churchill, "a riddle
   wrapped in a mystery cloaked in an enigma." Of course, this isn't new:
   computer specialists have been wrestling with this problem since there
   were computer specialists. However, each new generation rediscovers
   this problem afresh, and it bears repeating. In this paper, the authors
   describe their travails reviving the University of Michigan Library's
   Online Atlas of Michigan Plants and offer cogent guidelines to consider
   when contemplating reviving other abandoned systems. - [26]CB

   Fang, Jiaming, Peiji  Shao, and George  Lan. "[27]Effects of
   Innovativeness and Trust on Web Survey Participation"  [28]Computers in
   Human Behavior  25(1)(January 2009): 144-152.
   b20). - Web surveys are increasingly used by many organizations --
   including libraries -- to gather data from users and potential users.
   Given their popularity, it is important to understand how people react
   when they encounter a survey online. The authors of this study looked
   at how much two factors impact a web surfer's decision to complete an
   online survey: trust in the organization behind the survey, and the
   surfer's own comfort level with web-based technology. The article
   provides an in-depth overview of the literature behind these two
   factors, and the results of a brief survey given to "university
   students in a computer practical course." The authors found that those
   who are more willing to try out new technologies on the web were more
   willing to take a web-based survey. They also found that trust in the
   organization behind the survey is important -- a more reputable
   organization gives the surfer a measure of confidence that the answers
   they give will be kept anonymous. Of course, the limitations of the
   study are obvious -- college students may not be representative enough
   for the results to be considered applicable in every circumstance.
   Overall, the article provides some good background material and points
   to consider before setting up an online survey. - [29]AC

   Solove, Daniel. [30]The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor, and
   Privacy on the Internet  New Haven: Yale University Press,
   2007.( - Daniel Solove, a lawyer and
   blogger, takes a look at the long term effects of the Internet on
   personal privacy and the legal ramifications of a loss of reputation.
   People often struggle with the fine line between privacy and free
   speech on the Web. You can share personal information about yourself or
   a friend on a blog, not realizing that it will be there for anyone --
   including future employers and dates -- to see. Solove looks at a
   libertarian approach to leave things as they are, and an authoritarian
   approach that would restrict personal expression and finds neither a
   good fit for keeping free expression on the Web and regulating rumors
   and gossip. He suggests that the law take into consideration that when
   we expose information to others, we do expect a certain limit on
   accessibility. The examples in Solove's book serve as a cautionary tale
   to anyone who thinks their Facebook and MySpace life is limited to
   friends and family. Solove says: "We need to spend a lot more time
   educating people about the consequences of posting information
   online... Teenagers and children need to be taught about privacy just
   like they are taught rules of etiquette and civility." The book is
   available in print from Yale University Press and for free online at - KC

   Souders, Steve. "[31]High-Performance Web Sites"  [32]Communications of
   the ACM  51(12)(December 2008): 36-41.
   ( - Kind of geeky but worth
   looking at for those interested in making their web pages load faster.
   The author makes clear from the get-go that you can have as powerful a
   'back-end' as the big boys (i.e. Google, Yahoo, etc.) and still suffer
   from slow loading times when the web-page hits the browser. Among the
   tips he offers: put the CSS at the top and the scripts at the bottom.
   As the author puts it, "Life's Too Short, Write Fast Code", or in other
   words, every milisecond counts. - [33]LRK

   Springer, Michelle, Beth  Dulabahn, and Phil  Michel, et. al."[34]For
   the Common Good: The Library of Congress Flickr Pilot Project"
   (October 30,
   2008)( - In
   January of 2008, the Library of Congress launched a pilot with Flickr
   by posting 3,000 out of copyright images for viewing and tagging. This
   pilot now has over 4,000 images, is logging 500,000 views a month, and
   crossed the 10 million view mark a few months ago. The larger Flickr
   Commons site grew out of the original pilot, with other institutions
   adding their images for the public. The strength of the Flickr project
   was the minimal amount of staff time involved, and the enormous
   contribution from the general public to tag and comment on the images.
   At the time of the report, 67,176 tags were created by 2,518 Flickr
   users. Even more impressive, 4,548 out of 4,615 photos had at least one
   tag created by the Flickr community. An unexpected bonus of the pilot
   was that the collections increased in their Google rankings, leading
   more users to the site. This report shows that a small step into the
   world of Web 2.0 rewarded the Library of Congress with information
   about images in their collection that would have been difficult to
   achieve otherwise. At the same time, it opened the field of digital
   library collections to a vast array of new users. The report lays out
   recommendations for moving forward from a pilot to a program,
   concluding that: "The benefits appear to far outweigh the costs and
   risks." A summary of the report can be viewed at - KC

   Waller, Vivienne, and Ian  McShane. "[35]Analysing the challenges for
   large public libraries in the twenty-first century: a case study of the
   State Library of Victoria in Australia"  [36]First Monday  13(12)(1
   /view/2155/2060). - Don't let the words "large public libraries" and
   the specific location of the case study put you off. This paper has
   something of relevance to most people grappling with strategic planning
   while questioning of the role of libraries in the current information
   ecology and information economy. The debate about the role of libraries
   and the use of physical library spaces is nothing new, and these
   debates have carried over into the role of libraries in the online
   world. Having a thorough knowledge of the nature of this changing
   online environment is one of the biggest challenges facing large public
   libraries. To this end, the authors identify a significant research gap
   in the area of understanding the changing nature of information-seeking
   and information-provision, and are currently engaged in research to
   address that. However they contend that the usefulness of that research
   data could be enhanced by the "development of a library policy
   framework that clarifies and re-evaluates institutional goals". -

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   Cody, Brad Eden, [6]Leo Robert Klein, [7]Karen G. Schneider, [8]Roy

   Clark, Larra, and Denise  Davis. [9]The State of Funding for Library
   Technology in Today's Economy  Chicago, Illinois: ALA Techsource,
   -funding.html). - This timely report--really a selection of
   mini-reports--provides both insight and advice at a crucial time for
   libraries (and everything else). The bulk of the report corroborates
   what those in the field are experiencing or intuit: expenditures are
   shifting; libraries are relying more heavily on soft money such as
   fees, donations, and grants; technology budgets are pinched; nobody has
   enough bandwidth. Then in chapter 7, "Doing More with Less," library
   technologist Jason Griffey offers tips for stretching those IT dollars,
   while in chapter 8 John Carlo Bertot taps his years of wisdom to write
   about increasing broadband capacity for libraries. At 44 pages this is
   a slim volume, but as Spencer Tracy once said about Katherine Hepburn,
   "what's there is 'cherce.'" Read it, share it with staff, hand it to
   trustees and government officials. - [10]KGS

   Darnton, Robert. "[11]Google and the Future of Books"  [12]New York
   Review of Books  56(2)(12 February
   2009)( - This erudite essayist
   takes on Google's impact on books, libraries, learning, and society,
   especially in light of its recent agreement with publishers. "After
   lengthy negotiations, the plaintiffs and Google agreed on a settlement,
   which will have a profound effect on the way books reach readers for
   the foreseeable future. What will that future be?," he ponders, and
   then immediately answers: "No one knows, because the settlement is so
   complex that it is difficult to perceive the legal and economic
   contours in the new lay of the land." Darnton holds out much for us to
   ponder as well, but he is also as bereft of solutions as are we:
   "Whether or not I have understood the settlement correctly, its terms
   are locked together so tightly that they cannot be pried apart. At this
   point, neither Google, nor the authors, nor the publishers, nor the
   district court is likely to modify the settlement substantially. Yet
   this is also a tipping point in the development of what we call the
   information society. If we get the balance wrong at this moment,
   private interests may outweigh the public good for the foreseeable
   future, and the Enlightenment dream may be as elusive as ever." -

   Dempsey, Lorcan. "[14]Always On: Libraries in a World of Permanent
   Connectivity"  [15]First Monday  14(1)(January
   /view/2291/2070). - Mobile communication has had a tremendous influence
   on libraries. The socialization and personalization of services has
   meant that "branding" the library in order to make it more visible and
   available to users is key. Rethinking how to promote collections,
   working collaboratively with other information organizations, and
   providing local expertise in computing and networks are only some of
   the effects that libraries are dealing with in this new environment.
   Dempsey provides an in-depth look at how this generational phenomenon
   changes the way libraries do business. When communication is always
   available and through multiple connection points with various levels of
   content presentation and thoroughness, and the library's current model
   of content delivery is the desktop or laptop computer, how does this
   have an impact on the way that we build applications? Dempsey discusses
   how syndication, synchronization, and feed-based integration affect
   libraries in five main ways: services, switching, sourcing, socializing
   and personalizing, and expectations. He then provides examples of how
   libraries are currently integrating mobile communication, focusing on
   themes such as space, alerting, reference/enquiry, people presence, and
   collections. In the end, Dempsey's article provides a concise
   presentation of mobile communication as it currently exists, and some
   directions for libraries to pursue in this new user environment. - BE

   Houghton, John, Bruce  Rasmussen, and Peter  Sheehan, et.
   al.[16]Economic Implications of Alternative Scholarly Publishing
   Models: Exploring the Costs and Benefits  London: JISC,
   ublishing.pdf). - This important report examines the costs and benefits
   of traditional subscription publishing, open access publishing, and
   self-archiving for UK higher education. It finds that: "open access
   publishing for journal articles [i.e., Gold OA] might bring system
   savings of around ?215 million per annum nationally in the UK (at 2007
   prices and levels of publishing activity), of which around ?165 million
   would accrue in higher education.. . . a repositories and overlay
   services model may well produce greater cost savings than open access
   publishing--with our estimates suggesting system savings of perhaps
   ?260 million nationally, of which around ?205 might accrue in higher
   education." - [17]CB

   King, Michael. "[18]Open Education: A New Paradigm"  [19]University
   Business  12(1)(January 2009): 13-14.
   ( -
   While news of layoffs and headcount reductions are a daily reality,
   between 2010 and 2025 close to 80 million "baby boomers" will retire.
   By 2025, "only 20% of workers will possess the skills required by the
   jobs created today" according to the article's author and this will
   create a crisis in education. If these projections hold true, we will
   see several demands placed on the educational system that will stretch
   the limits of our current models. The strains created will include the
   demand for increased delivery capacity in order to reach people in
   non-traditional education settings, declining workforce populations in
   many developed countries which will decrease the potentially population
   of teachers, and dealing with the ramifications of current poor
   educational system performance. In order to address these issues, the
   author proposes that we have to provide more open access to education.
   Some of the ways that institutions can do this include providing more
   transparency in the data individual institutions provide and making
   institutional processes more transparent to assure quality and the
   ability to measure outcomes effectively, Finally, institutions in the
   future will have to foster an open culture of collaboration that
   encourages reuse and sharing of materials across institutions. The
   author suggests that open source solutions and cloud computing are two
   of the major factors that will contribute to the fostering of a more
   open culture. - [20]FC

   McClure, Randall, and Kellian  Clink . "[21]How Do You Know That? An
   Investigation of Student Research Practices in the Digital Age"
   [22]Portal: Libraries in the Academy  9(1)(January 2009): 115-132.
   my/v009/9.1.mcclure.html). - Fruitful collaborative effort between a
   Freshman Composition Professor and an Academic Librarian that looks at
   the online research habits of undergraduates. Criteria for assessing
   student work consisted of the familiar three horsemen of information
   literacy: timeliness, authority and bias. Not surprisingly, the authors
   found that students need to work more on developing skills for judging
   authority and bias. Particularly interesting are the comments from
   teachers and students on the process. This is one of several
   interesting articles in the January issue of Portal. The issue is worth
   the visit just to have a look at Project MUSE's spiffy new website. -

   Nick, Nicholas, Nigel  Ward, and Kerry  Blinco. "[24]A Policy Checklist
   for Enabling Persistence of Identifiers"  [25]D-Lib Magazine
   2009)( -
   These authors from the Australian Persistent Identifier Linking
   Infrastructure (PILIN) project (funded from 2006-2008) report on a
   policy checklist that was a partial outcome of their work "to
   strengthen Australia's ability to use global persistent identifier
   infrastructure, particularly in the repository domain." They correctly
   proclaim that "policy is far more important in guaranteeing persistence
   of identifiers than technology," an assertion also made by others in
   previous publications. Toward the end of establishing policies to
   ensure identifiers are persistent they have developed a checklist that
   organizations can use to work through what needs to happen. They also
   adhere to a point John Kunze has made in the past (as cited in the
   article) that organizations should declare their intentions regarding
   identifier persistence. Having good intentions is one thing, but a
   solid statement of responsibility is another. - [26]RT

   Stvilia, Besiki, and Corinne  Jorgensen. "[27]User-generated Collection
   Level Metadata in an Online Photo-sharing System"  [28]Library &
   Information Science Research  (13 January
   2009)( - In this
   pre-press article, the researchers examined metadata provided by users
   of the photo-sharing website Flickr. Their goal was to see what they
   could learn about how users classify content, and if any of that
   knowledge could potentially be applied to our own systems. The
   researchers examined 3,000 photos from 879 individual users, 300
   photoset (album) descriptions, and discussions from 200 group photo
   pools. Overall, the team found that Flickr users focused primarily on
   identifying people, places and activities in their photos. They also
   found many users who did not use tags at all on their photos, and
   instead relied on photoset descriptions to provide metadata. For those
   who did use tags, they were used both individually (to identify a
   particular friend) and collectively (to identify a public event or
   place, for example). This data was mapped against a previous photo
   sorting and identification study, and the authors provide a brief
   analysis. In addition, they also briefly compared Flickr's group
   categories and the guidelines for posting within those groups to a
   handful of current metadata frameworks. Continuation of the research
   should yield some interesting, more concrete, recommendations. - [29]AC

   Vaughn-Nichols, Steve. "[30]Hands-on Linux: New versions of Ubuntu,
   Fedora and openSUSE Push the Envelope"  [31]Computerworld  online
   only(December 28,
   . - Many libraries have considered using Linux on the desktop but few
   have been bold enough to make the move. In this article, Vaughn-Nichols
   updates us on the latest versions of three of the most popular
   distributions of Linux: Fedora, openSUSE, and Ubuntu. For anyone
   looking for some quick talking points on why Linux is better than
   either Windows or Mac OS, this article will prove valuable. In addition
   to the author's tips on how each of these distributions faired during a
   side-by-side installation comparison, he provides information on the
   positives and negatives of the additional components in each packaged
   distributions. Of particular note are the short video demonstrations of
   each of the distributions that are embedded within the article, so you
   can see what the author is talking about rather than just reading about
   it. - [32]FC

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   Cody, [6]Susan Gibbons, [7]Leo Robert Klein, [8]Roy Tennant,

   "[9]Top Web 2.0 Security Threats"  [10]Secure Enterprise 2.0 Forum  (17
   rity%20Threats.pdf). - This report highlights several security
   vulnerabilities created by Web 2.0 applications. These include more
   familiar threats such as phishing, insecure authentication procedures,
   and insufficient measures taken to prevent automatic account
   creation/link spamming. Two of the more interesting flaws included were
   information leakage and information integrity, neither of which is a
   technical flaw. Instead, they are risks created by the fact that more
   and more of us are doing things online. "Information leakage" refers to
   the accidental exposure of sensitive corporate information: the number
   of employees over time, or turnover at the managerial level. The report
   notes that by simply surfing sites like LinkedIn, competitors can
   easily aggregate information to put together a corporate profile.
   "Information integrity" refers to the spread of misinformation, either
   intentional or accidental. Erroneous information posted to Wikipedia is
   perhaps the first example that comes to mind, but in the corporate
   world this could include bad information posted to a company intranet,
   or a slow growth of online misinformation that sets off rumors about a
   company within its industry. While the report is aimed at IT
   professionals exploring Web 2.0 technologies for enterprise use, the
   flaws and vulnerabilities pointed out do not disappear when these
   technologies are used in educational settings, and are worth
   considering - particularly for special libraries. (It should be noted
   that the report does not offer solutions to these flaws, but simply
   points them out and offers some basic information and examples.) -

   ARL Digital Repository Issues Task Force. [12]The Research Library's
   Role in Digital Repository Services: Final Report of the ARL Digital
   Repository Issues Task Force  Washington, DC: Association of Research
   Libraries, January
   2009.( - In
   this report, the Association of Research Libraries Digital Repository
   Issues Task Force takes an in-depth look at institutional repositories
   (IRs) and the roles that research libraries should play in them. It's a
   big picture analysis that focuses on major IR issues, and it includes a
   horizon analysis that envisions what the IR environment will look like
   in 2015. It suggests a half-dozen areas of focus for research
   libraries' IR efforts, and includes with a call to action that
   recommends five major actions for them to take regarding IRs. In
   conclusion, the report states: "Some may wonder if libraries can afford
   to develop repository services, especially in a time when research
   institutions face shrinking resource bases. The Task Force members
   believe that neither research libraries, nor the institutions they
   serve, can afford to do without repository services. Such services have
   a powerful potential to enable key work and enhance the effectiveness
   of a wide range of functions across research institutions. Researchers
   and scholars with access to a spectrum of repository services will
   possess a substantial advantage in conducting cutting edge research,
   delivering high quality teaching, and contributing valuable services to
   society." - [13]CB

   Albanese, Andrew. "[14]In New Letter, Library Associations Voice Strong
   Opposition to Anti-NIH Bill "  [15]Library Journal Academic Newswire
   (17 February
   =reg_visitor_id&source=title). - The [16]Fair Copyright in Research
   Works Act (H.R. 801), re-introduced in the House by [17]Rep. John
   Conyers (D-MI), would repeal the NIH Public Access Policy and prevent
   other federal agencies from enacting similar open access policies. Ten
   associations and advocacy groups, including the American Association of
   Law Libraries, the American Library Association, the Association of
   College and Research Libraries, the Association of Research Libraries,
   the Greater Western Library Alliance, and the Special Libraries
   Association, have sent a [18]letter to House Judiciary Committee
   members opposing the bill. Here's an excerpt: "The NIH Public Access
   Policy advances science, improves access by the public to federally
   funded research, provides for effective archiving strategies for these
   resources, and ensures accountability of our federal investment. Given
   the proven success of the revised NIH Public Access Policy and the
   promise of public access to federally funded research, we firmly oppose
   H.R. 801 and ask that you do the same." Both the [19]Alliance for
   Taxpayer Access and ALA have issued calls to action, with the ALA call
   including a [20]Web form where citizens whose Representatives serve on
   the [21]Judiciary Committee can contact those House members by e-mail
   about the bill. - [22]CB

   Brown, Malcolm. "[23]The NetGens 2.0: Clouds on the Horizon"
   [24]EDUCAUSE Review  44(1)(January/February 2009): 66-67.
   ontheHo/47939). - "NetGens 1.0" to "NetGens 2.0" is how the author
   describes the shift in tech requirements of today's college undergrads.
   In the space of four years, they've gone from an environment where
   getting a laptop was a big deal to one where pretty much everyone is
   born with a laptop. Reports indicate that today's 18-29 year olds are
   the most connected group in history; they're also interacting online
   the most. The author naturally wonders how these habits will affect IT
   requirements in higher ed. - [25]LRK

   Hadro, Josh. "[26]The LJ Academic Newswire Newsmaker Interview: Brad
   Wheeler on the HathiTrust"  [27]LJ Academic Newswire  (9 January
   2009)( - One of
   the more important recent developments in libraries is the creation of
   the [28]Hathi Trust by the University of Michigan, Indiana University,
   and a number of other large research institutions to hold the files
   digitized by the Google Books project at those various institutions.
   Since you're talking about millions of digitized books, with all the
   resulting page images and OCR'd text, the technical challenges are
   substantial. In this interview, Wheeler reveals some of the technology
   and techniques behind the Hathi Trust and how they are planning to put
   up a public interface to this archive. This is definitely an initiative
   to watch, and this piece gives a look under the hood for those of us
   interested in the technical infrastructure that supports it. [Full
   disclosure: I blog for LJ and work for OCLC, which is collaborating
   with the Hathi Trust] - [29]RT

   Head, Alison J., and Michael B.  Eisenberg. "[30]Finding Context: What
   Today's College Students Say about Conducting Research in the Digital
   Age"    (February
   . - This preliminary report from the Project Information Literacy
   [31] at the Information School,
   University of Washington, is the result of student discussion groups
   held on 7 U.S. campuses. The message is that research is more, not
   less, difficult in the digital age and that students are struggling to
   place their research needs within proper contexts. Plenty of
   implications for libraries here that deserve our careful thought. The
   Project Information Literacy project is continuing with a focus on
   "early adult" research processes and the impact of the design of online
   resources on them, so keep an eye on the project's website. - [32]SG

   Kennan, Mary Anne, and Danny A.  Kingsley. "[33]The State of the
   Nation: A Snaphot of Australian Institutional Repositories"  [34]First
   Monday  14(2)(2 February
   /view/2282/2092). - The development of institutional repositories in
   Australia has been stimulated by government policy and funding which
   supports open access and the dissemination of research. This paper
   provides a snapshot of what this policy has produced. In 2003 the
   Australian government provided funding for the development of research
   information infrastructure, which stimulated several testing and
   implementation projects. One of the projects investigated the
   feasibility of using open source software. Most of the universities
   surveyed for this paper have, or soon will have, institutional
   repositories with open access to the public. Despite this wide take-up,
   funding for the projects is not secure. The existence of institutional
   mandates (requiring researchers to deposit published works in the
   repository) is not widespread, but likely to grow. Libraries and
   library staff play a very clear role in developing and managing
   repositories within their institutions, with some sharing the load with
   information technology departments. - [35]WC

   Matthews, Brian. "[36]Web Design Matters: Ten Essentials For Any
   Library Site"  [37]Library Journal  (15 February
   2009)( - As the
   subtitle promises, Matthews lays out ten "essentials" for good library
   web site design. They are, in summary form, 1) Promotion, 2)
   Segmentation, 3) Visual Cues, 4) Inspiring Photos, 5) Search Boxes, 6)
   Mobile-Friendly Pages, 7) Feedback, 8) Redundancy, 9) Analytics, 10) An
   Easy Way to Ask for Help. See the article for details on what these
   mean, and most usefully, links to example sites that epitomize these
   techniques. [Disclosure: I blog for LJ] - [38]RT

   de Groat, Greta. [39]Future Directions in Metadata Remediation for
   Metadata Aggregators  Washington, DC: Digital Library Federation,
   February 2009.( - This is an
   interesting report for anyone who has labored in the orchard of
   metadata aggregation (as I have). de Groat reviews various aspects of
   the following metadata elements: topical subjects, genre, names,
   geographic information, dates, title information, type of resource,
   addressable raw object, rights, and identifiers. For each of these she
   identifies one or more desired services (for example, a desired service
   for genre is "Ability to accurately and consistently search by genre
   when appropriate"). For each of those desired services she looks at
   metadata support, existing tools, desired tools, provides comments and
   occasionally a bibliography. A glossary and appendices are included.
   Highly recommended for metadata wranglers and anyone interested in the
   challenges of working with metadata from diverse sources. - [40]RT

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March 2009


From: Public-Access Computer Systems Publications [mailto:PACS-P@LISTSERV.UH.EDU] On Behalf Of Roy Tennant
Sent: Wednesday, 1 April 2009 8:53 AM
Subject: [CurrentCites] Current Cites, March 2009


                                 Current Cites

                                   March 2009

                            Edited by [2]Roy Tennant

   Contributors: [3]Charles W. Bailey, Jr., Keri Cascio, [4]Roy Tennant,
   [5]Jesus Tramullas

   [6]Best Practices for Publishing Journal Articles  Philadelphia, PA:
   The National Federation of Advanced Information Services, 13 February
   2009.( - The
   advent of the Internet and tools to foster the publication of journals
   online has led to a number of new problems faced by abstracting and
   indexing services. One of the major changes in online publication is
   the release of individual articles prior to the release of a journal
   issue. The National Federation of Advanced Information Services
   (NFAIS), which serves many such organizations, convened a working group
   to look into the problems arising from this practice. They identified
   the following problems that article-by-article publication posed to
   indexers: "1) Identifying the article of record; handling versions in a
   way that minimizes confusion and provides the appropriate citation data
   early. 2) Knowing that an issue - or a "package"of articles - is
   complete. 2) Abstracting and indexing services receiving articles
   published online without page numbers, while page numbers are added to
   another version at a later date. 4) Assuring that articles are
   published and included in A&I services more rapidly to provide the best
   services to authors, readers, and libraries. 5) Assuring that links are
   made to the article of record; other linking problems. 6) Dealing with
   workflow issues such as the absence of regular publication dates or the
   receipt of articles twice - for example, when an article is released
   and when an issue is completed. 7) Problems with citation structures -
   missing bibliographic elements, lack of standards for
   article-by-article publishing resulting in a hodge-podge of practices,
   no standard for handling articles that do not have page numbers." This
   30-page PDF therefore describes a set of best practices for journal
   publishers that would help alleviate these problems. - [7]RT

   "[8]Special Issue on Institutional Repositories"  [9]Library Trends
   ml). - This special issue on institutional repositories contains the
   following articles (links are to article preprints): "Introduction:
   Institutional Repositories: Current State and Future," "[10]Innkeeper
   at the Roach Motel," "Institutional Repositories in the UK: The JISC
   Approach," "Strategies for Institutional Repository Development: A Case
   Study of Three Evolving Initiatives," "Perceptions and Experiences of
   Staff in the Planning and Implementation of Institutional
   Repositories," "Institutional Repositories and Research Data Curation
   in a Distributed Environment," "At the Watershed: Preparing for
   Research Data Management and Stewardship at the University of Minnesota
   Libraries," "Case Study in Data Curation at Johns Hopkins University,"
   "Describing Scholarly Works with Dublin Core: A Functional Approach,"
   "The 'Wealth of Networks' and Institutional Repositories: MIT, DSpace,
   and the Future of the Scholarly Commons," "Leveraging Short-term
   Opportunities to Address Long-term Obligations: A Perspective on
   Institutional Repositories and Digital Preservation Programs," and
   "[11]Shedding Light on the Dark Data in the Long Tail of Science." -

   Albanese, Andrew. "[13]In a First, Oregon State University Library
   Faculty Adopts Strong OA Policy"  [14]Library Journal  (25 March
   rce=title&rid=1427993535). - Adding to the flurry of U.S. open access
   mandates this year at the [15]Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the
   [16]Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government, the [17]Harvard Law
   School, [18]MIT, and the [19]Stanford University School of Education,
   the library faculty at Oregon State University have adopted an [20]open
   access policy (see also the [21]Guidelines for LFA Open Access
   Mandate). This appears to be the first such [22]open access mandate
   adopted by a U.S. academic library. The policy applies to certain types
   of scholarly works (e.g., articles) created by library faculty during
   the course of their employment after March 2009, and it grants the
   library "a nonexclusive, irrevocable, worldwide license to exercise any
   and all rights under copyright relating to our scholarly work, in any
   medium, and to authorize others to do the same, provided that the works
   are properly attributed to the authors and not sold for a profit." By
   the time of a work's publication or distribution, library faculty are
   to deposit a digital copy of the published version of the work in
   [23]ScholarsArchive@OSU or submit a copy to have it deposited for them.
   - [24]CB

   Jaeger, Paul T., and Zheng  Yen. "[25]One Law with Two Outcomes:
   Comparing the Implementation of CIPA in Public Libraries and Schools"
   [26]Information Technology & Libraries  28(1)(March 2009): 6-14.
   ( -
   COPA (Child Online Protection Act) was struck down this January, but
   CIPA (Children's Internet Protection Act) lives on. In 2000, CIPA was
   passed with requirements for both public libraries and public schools
   to filter their computer access in order to receive federal funding
   through E-Rate and LSTA. Jaeger and Yan point out that CIPA has been
   successful as a law since restricts access content instead of the
   content itself. There are economic problems to the law, though. By
   2003, public schools had 100% access to the Internet with federal
   funding, and 100% had filters in place that complied with CIPA. In
   2002, only about 43% of public libraries received E-Rate funding, and
   about 19% said they would discontinue their E-Rate grants if they were
   required to filter their computers. There are no hard figures on how
   many libraries have Internet access, and how many of those are then
   filtered. Jaeger and Yan lay out why the CIPA has been successfully
   implemented nation-wide in public schools, and why public libraries
   have been more cautious. They say it best with the comment: "[...]
   public libraries are torn between the values of providing safe access
   for younger patrons and broad access for adult patrons who may have no
   other means of accessing the Internet." The authors also call for a
   revision of public policy, and warns against treating public libraries
   and public schools as interchangeable entities in creating future
   legislation. - KC

   Margaix, Didac. [27]Informe APEI Sobre Web Social  (November
   2008)( -
   This work (in Spanish) is a specialized report about different
   possibilities and tools that Web 2.0 technologies provide to libraries,
   archives, and information services units. Through the 15 chapters the
   features of blogs, wikis, syndication, social networks, and social
   tagging and cataloguing are detailed. This includes instructions and
   tools for cooperative digital collection development, as well as
   examples of the use of these tools in real library environments. -

   Peis, Eduardo, Enrique  Herrera-Viedma, and Jos? M.  Morales del
   Castillo. "Modelo de Servicio Sem?ntico de Difusi?n Selectiva de
   Informaci?n (DSI) para Bibliotecas Digitales"  [29]El Profesional de la
   Informaci?n  17(5)(October 2008): 519-525. - This work (in Spanish)
   proposes the application of semantic web technologies in order to
   develop a selective broadcast information service for digital
   libraries. Hence, personalized RSS feeds have been used, assigning
   index terms by automatically comparing the content against a SKOS
   tagged thesaurus. This functionality allows university libraries to
   provide personalized support to the their students. - [30]JT

   Salo, Dorothea. "[31]Innkeeper at the Roach Motel"  [32]Library Trends
   57(2)(Fall 2008): 98-123.
   html). - This piece comes from a special issue of Library Trends (also
   cited separately in this issue of Current Cites). Anyone with an
   institutional repository (IR), or a hankering to have one, should read
   this piece. The author has been a self-described "repository rat" for
   some years, and so writes with not only a knowledge of the topic, but
   also with a righteous wrath that is expressed in direct prose that may
   surprise those accustomed to the usual academic separation of the
   author from the subject. No, here Salo is clearly writing about
   something quite important to her, and she's worked up a pretty good
   lather about it. Her main saving grace is that she is, by and large,
   right. Also, rather than end the article after a lengthy litany of
   failures, she redeems the piece with some specific suggestions on how
   to save the day. Since the preprint has been out for over a year, there
   has already been discussion of it, and as Salo herself reports, some
   remediation of the problems she identified. But I also expect the
   official publication to spur additional discussion and, one hopes, work
   to address the issues she identifies. The [33]author's copy is also
   available (of course) in the author's institutional repository. -

   Willinsky, John. "[35]Toward the Design of an Open Monograph Press"
   [36]Journal of Electronic Publishing
   12(1)(2009)( - The Public
   Knowledge Project's open source [37]Open Journal Systems software has
   become the platform of choice for many scholarly electronic journals
   published by universities, libraries, and other noncommercial
   organizations. Consequently, its [38]Open Monograph Press, which is
   under development, is of keen interest to the academic community,
   especially in a time when university presses are struggling to survive
   and a major press (the University of Michigan Press) has announced that
   it will [39]emphasize digital monographs in the future. This paper
   overviews the sorry state of scholarly monograph publishing and
   provides the first detailed look into the innovative architecture of
   the Open Monograph Press. - [40]CB

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Digital Document Quarterly Newsletter

volume 7 number 3

From: Henry Gladney []
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Subject: [IFLA-L] DDQ 7(3) is now available 6


The Digital Document Quarterly newsletter volume 7 number 3 is available at  Its table of contents is available at­/hgladney/ddq.htm#Y2008.

This number features a critique of scholarly writing and a continuation of the analysis underlying my prediction that university departments of Information Science will probably disappear within about twenty years.

DDQ's treatment of long-term digital preservation continues, featuring a column about how the technical component can be partitioned into pieces that are individually tractable for small R&D teams.

Best wishes, Henry

H.M. Gladney, Ph.D.     HMG Consulting   (408)867-5454



D-Lib Magazine

November – December 2008

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This issue contains four articles, a commentary, eight conference

reports, the 'In Brief' column, excerpts from recent press releases, and

news of upcoming conferences and other items of interest in 'Clips and

Pointers'.  This month, D-Lib features the Western Soundscape Archive at

the University of Utah, courtesy of Kenning Arlitsch, Anna Neatrour, and

Jeff Rice.


The commentary is:


The Future of Repositories? Patterns for (Cross-)Repository Architectures

Andreas Aschenbrenner, State and University Library, Goettingen; Tobias

Blanke and Mark Hedges, King's College, London; David Flanders,

University of London; and Ben O'Steen, Oxford University


The articles include:


Repository to Repository Transfer of Enriched Archival Information Packages

Priscilla Caplan, Florida Center for Library Automation


Social Annotations in Digital Library Collections

Rich Gazan, University of Hawaii


Electronic Journals and Changes in Scholarly Article Seeking and Reading


Carol Tenopir, University of Tennessee; and Donald W. King, University

of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


A Study of Institutional Repository Holdings by Academic Discipline

Peter A. Zuber, Brigham Young University


The Conference Reports include:


ECDL 2008 Conference Report

Jose H. Canos, Technical University of Valencia; and Pablo de la Fuente,

University of Valladolid


Cross-Language Evaluation Forum - CLEF 2008

Carol Peters, Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell'Informazione.

Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche


Report on the 8th International Workshop on Web Archiving - IWAW 2008

Andreas Rauber, Vienna University of Technology; and Julien Masanes,

European Archive


Report on the Third Workshop on Foundations of Digital Libraries

Leonardo Candela and Donatella Castelli, Consiglio Nazionale delle

Ricerche (CNR); and Yannis Ioannidis, University of Athens


The Use of Digital Object Repository Systems in Digital Libraries

(DORSDL2): ECDL 2008 Workshop Report

Gert Schmeltz Pedersen, Technical University of Denmark; Kåre Fiedler

Christiansen, The State and University Library, Denmark; and Matthias

Razum, FIZ Karlsruhe


Information Access to Cultural Heritage Workshop Report: ECDL 2008,

Aarhus Denmark, 18 September 2008

Martha Larson, University of Amsterdam; Kate Fernie, Kate Fernie

Consulting; Johan Oomen, Netherlands Institute of Sound and Vision; and

Juan Manuel Cigarran Recuero, UNED


Networked Knowledge Organization Systems/Services (NKOS): ECDL 2008

Conference Report

Marianne Lykke Nielsen, Royal School of Library and Information Science,



The NSDL Community at its Best: Report on the NSDL Annual Meeting 2008

Carol Minton Morris, Cornell University



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January/February 2009

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column, excerpts from recent press releases, and news of upcoming

conferences and other items of interest in 'Clips and Pointers'.  This

month, D-Lib features the website Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears,

courtesy of Jessica Fries-Gaither, The Ohio State University.



The articles include:


A Policy Checklist for Enabling Persistence of Identifiers

Nick Nicholas, Nigel Ward, and Kerry Blinco, Link Affiliates


A Set of Transfer-Related Services

Justin Littman, Library of Congress


Sharing Functionality on the Web: A Proposed Services Infrastructure for

The European Library

Theo van Veen and Michel Koppelaar, Koninklijke Bibliotheek; Georg Petz,

Austrian National Library; and Christian Sadilek, Austrian Research Centers


Search Web Services - The OASIS SWS Technical Committee Work: The

Abstract Protocol Definition, OpenSearch Binding, and SRU/CQL 2.0

Ray Denenberg, Library of Congress


Institutional Repository on a Shoestring

George Wrenn, Carolyn J. Mueller, and Jeremy Shellhase, Humboldt State



Classroom Information Needs: Search Analysis from a Digital Library for


Marcia A. Mardis, Florida State University


The Conference Reports include:


A Workshop Series for Grid/Repository Integration

Andreas Aschenbrenner, State and University Library, Goettingen; Tobias

Blanke and Mark Hedges, King's College London; Neil P Chue Hong, OMII

UK, and Nicholas Ferguson, OGF Europe


Baltimore SPARC IR and SUN PASIG Meetings: Towering Content and Evolving

Online Scholarly Publishing Models

Carol Minton Morris, Cornell University



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March/April 2009

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Pointers'.  This month, D-Lib features the Washington College of Law

Historical Collection, courtesy of

Susan McElrath, American University and Allison B. Zhang, Washington

Research Library Consortium.


The opinion piece is:


What's Wrong with Citation Counts?

Jose H. Canos Cerda and Manuel Llavador Campos, Technical University of

Valencia, Spain; and Eduardo Mena Nieto, University of Zaragoza, Spain


The articles include:


Going Grey? Comparing the OCR Accuracy Levels of Bitonal and Greyscale


Tracy Powell and Gordon Paynter, National Library of New Zealand


How Good Can It Get?  Analysing and Improving OCR Accuracy in Large

Scale Historic Newspaper Digitisation Programs

Rose Holley, National Library of Australia


Profiling Social Networks: A Social Tagging Perspective

Ying Ding and Elin K Jacob, Indiana University; James Caverlee, Texas

A&M University; Michael Fried, University of Innsbruck, Austria; and

Zhixiong Zhang, Chinese Academy of Science


Digitization Education: Courses Taken and Lessons Learned

Mats Dahlstrom and Alen Doracic, Swedish School of Library and

Information Science


Toward Digitizing All Forms of Documentation

George V. Landon, Eastern Kentucky University


The Conference Reports include:


International Data curation Education Action (IDEA) Working Group: A

Report from the Second Workshop of the IDEA

Carolyn Hank, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and Joy

Davidson, University of Glasgow


Report on the 2nd Ibero-American Conference on Electronic Publishing in

the Context of Scholarly Communication (CIPECC 2008)

Ana Alice Baptista, University of Minho, Portugal



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EarlyCite Launch

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Dear Dr Smith,

We are delighted to announce the launch of EarlyCite. EarlyCite is Emerald’s online pre-publication service that enables authors to get their work published, disseminated and so potentially cited, earlier. It also allows readers access to journal articles prior to official publication, ensuring they get the most up to date research. Papers will be made available at least three months and, in some cases, as much as one year before they appear in the hard copy and final online journal issue. A phenomenon of academic journal publishing is that articles can often be held in a queue, awaiting publication for many months until an issue becomes available. EarlyCite articles are fully peer-reviewed and made available online before they undergo the full sub-editing and page-proofing stages. Once the final copy of the article is ready for publication, it replaces the EarlyCite version. Every EarlyCite paper is assigned to an issue, which enables correct referencing.

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