Current Cites, September 2013

Current Cites

September 2013

Edited by [2]Roy Tennant

Contributors: [3]Charles W. Bailey, Jr., [4]Alison Cody, [5]Peter
Hirtle, [6]Leo Robert Klein, [7]Nancy Nyland

Bonnet, Jennifer L, and Benjamin McAlexander. "[8]First Impressions
and the Reference Encounter: The Influence of Affect and Clothing on
Librarian Approachability" [9]Journal of Academic Librarianship
39(4)(July 2013): 335-346.
). – ‘Approachability’ is something on the minds of most librarians as
they sit at Reference, waiting for patrons to come by. That is why
going through this article is interesting; it looks at such ‘variables’
as facial expression, direction of gaze and even the color of one’s
shirt (among other things). The authors conducted this survey using
online ‘image-ratings’. Participants were asked to rate the
‘approachability’ of images on a scale of 1 to 10. Not surprising,
smiling and looking up rate highest. Apparently, blue shirts are more
approachable than white shirts which, in turn, are more approachable
than red shirts. While results may vary, it is hard not to agree with
the authors’ conclusion, that "librarian behaviors do matter, and that
efforts to appear approachable will not go unnoticed." – [10]LRK

EBSCO. "[11]Serials Price Projections for 2014" (26 September
– EBSCO’s annual serial price projection estimates a 6 to 8 percent
price increase in 2014 for journals priced in US dollars. It also
discusses journal marketplace trends, with special attention to open
access developments and the economy. Regarding the projected price
bump, it says: "The most obvious conclusion is that the many different
initiatives in the academic publishing world are having very little
impact on the fundamental business model and pricing strategies. The
pay-for-access model, especially as represented by the "Big Deal"
bundled content approach, reigns supreme, and the pricing power wielded
by the top STM publishers remains well intact." – [12]CB

Emanuel, Jenny. "[13]Digital Native Librarians, Technology Skills, and
Their Relationship with Technology" [14]Information Technology and
Libraries 32(3)(15 September 2013): 20-33.
( –
This article reports on a survey and interviews looking at on the
technology skills of Millennial- generation librarians and library
school students. The popular stereotype of this generation (here
defined as those born between 1982 and 1990) is that they grew up with
technology surrounding them, and thus are more comfortable and skilled
in using it than those from previous generations. The author found that
her subjects reflect the digital divide that still exists – not all of
them had computers or high-speed internet access while growing up. They
also have a variety of attitudes and opinions toward technology.
Emanuel also found that, while library school students do indicate that
they are learning more about technology in graduate school, they are
primarily acquiring additional skills with software and technologies
they already use, rather than acquiring new skills. While none of the
results here are particularly surprising to this reviewer (who is
sometimes included in this generational group herself) it will
hopefully serve as a good reminder to others that ultimately, being
skilled with technology has little, if anything, to do with age. –

Mossink, Wilma, Magchiel Bijsterbosch, and Joeri
Nortier. [16]European Landscape Study of Research Data Management
Utrecht: SURF,
DM landscape report vs1 4_14.08.13.pdf). – The recent proliferation of
research data management jobs in research libraries speaks to the
rapidly growing importance of this emerging library function. SURF’s
new report provides an in-depth look at research data management (RDM)
activities in Europe, examining national, institutional, funding
agency, and publisher RDM plans and policies. Almost half of funding
agencies had a RDM policy, and a quarter had an RDM plan requirement
for grantees. About a third designate a specific RDM preservation
organization. Publisher policies were less well-developed, mainly
focusing on article data links and dataset submission. Only 15% of
research institutions had a mandated RDM plan, but 42% of those without
one will have a policy within a year. Researchers’ top RDM concerns
were: "responsibilities and roles for managing data, mechanisms for
storage, backup, registration, deposit and retention of research data,
access and re-use of data, open accessibility and availability of data,
and long term preservation and curation." – [17]CB

Quint, Barbara. "[18]Leverage" [19]Online Searcher
37(5)(September/October 2013): 33.
age-91660.shtml). – Useful technologies do not automatically become
available to libraries just because they were invented. Libraries
depend on commercial companies to offer them new technologies,
preferably at an affordable price. No one has been more of an advocate
for libraries with these vendors than Barbara Quint. She takes them to
task on our behalf when their pricing seems greedy, or their marketing
appears to exaggerate the features of a product. She exhorts us to band
together and insist on subsequent versions of products that are more
easily accessible, better constructed, and cheaper than those offered
by database vendors initially. She offers us a platform for new product
ideas: "If you have an idea to add to the piles, just send it my way
(bquint). I’ll find some way to get it out to the
world." ("The Searcher’s Voice," Online Searcher, May/June 2013.) She
lobbies for a branded presence on the Web for libraries: "Here’s where
I … send out the siren call for our professional organizations to go
after a DOT-LIB." Barbara Quint draws us in to the competitive world of
library technology companies and explains it in a refreshingly
forthright way. Get your Barbara Quint fix in Information Today, Online
Searcher or at Information Today Newsbreaks
( – [20]NN

Spoo, Robert. [21]Without Copyrights: Piracy, Publishing, and the
Public Domain New York: Oxford University Press, August
927876). – Spoo’s ostensible purpose in this new legal and literary
history is to assess the impact that copyright may have had on the
development of literary modernism in the early 20th century. His
masterful and readable text does much more, however. For example, its
first chapter is a thorough history of the practice of trade courtesy
in the 19th century. In spite of the absence of copyright protection
for foreign authors, publishers developed their own system for
protecting their works. Books were written, publishers grew rich,
readers had access to a wide selection of titles, and copyright was
nowhere to be seen. The later chapters tell the fascinating story of
James Joyce’s battles in the U.S. courts to protect his own works from
a publisher who refused to follow trade practice. Spoo’s book is a
timely reminder that copyright law did not grow from careful empirical
analysis, but is the product of colorful characters and challenging
court cases. – [22]PH

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