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Current Cites for July 2016

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 8/2/16 (6:37pm)

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This month I recommended an article describing an innovative 'beacon-based' navigation system which opened with this excellent piece of advice, "...as with other technologies before it, usefulness does not magically emerge from implementing new technology; rather, it is the culmination of a comprehensive plan for merging technical know-how with business knowledge or user-generated content."

Current Cites for April 2016

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 4/29/16 (1:36pm)

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This month I recommended a rather enjoyable research article that looked at focus groups involving college students and their searching habits -- a situation rather familiar to those of us fortunate enough to work in public service. Included were lines like, "few students were aware of what a 'subject librarian' was".

Current Cites for March 2016

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 4/2/16 (12:30pm)

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This month I recommended an article that took text-based content analysis and applied it to tweets from the Twitter accounts of 10 different academic libraries. Interesting results.

Current Cites for January 2016

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 1/30/16 (10:39am)

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Starting the year out right. I pointed to the "big anniversary issue" coming from the Journal of Electronic Publishing (JEP) celebrating its 20th year as an open access journal.

Current Cites for November 2015

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 11/30/15 (1:39pm)

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I recommended an article titled, "When IT No Longer Remains Anonymous -- For All the Right Reasons" (EDUCAUSE Review). It looks at two approaches to academic IT depts. -- one reactive (okay) and the other pro-active (better).

Current Cites for September 2015

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 10/1/15 (9:44am)

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I recommended an article from Computers In Libraries that's near and dear to anyone who's experienced the same on a website they've managed, namely "Hacked! Lessons Learned From An URL Injection".

Current Cites for March 2015

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 3/31/15 (2:23pm)

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I recommended an article from The Journal of Web Librarianship with the title, "Use and Usability of a Discovery Tool in an Academic Library". It went over usability testing of the "discovery tool" (in this case, Primo by Exlibris) at KU Libraries. Funny thing is, I kept switching back and forth from the article to the two institutions I'm connected to -- just to compare notes.

Current Cites for Jan 2015

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 1/30/15 (8:53am)

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Although my focus is usually tech, I went this month with a set of articles from Library Trends that looked at the state of libraries in countries from the former "eastern block". How libraries fared in what used to be known affectionately as "communist dictatorships" makes for interesting reading -- as well as what they've done since.

Current Cites for Aug 2014

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 8/30/14 (2:04pm)

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My pick this month was an article on modeling library instruction as 'performance art' -- from a librarian whose background not surprisingly is in theater. The focus was on instruction sessions but there's no reason why such an approach can't be incorporated, at least to a certain extent, in face-to-face interactions at the Reference Desk.

Current Cites for Mar 2014

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 4/3/14 (4:11pm)

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I wrote about an article that looked at the various iterations of the library home page at UNLV down through the ages (i.e. 1996-2012): "Tracking Changes: One Library's Homepage Over Time - Findings from Usability Testing and Reflections on Staffing", Journal of Web Librarianship 8(1)(2014): 23-47.

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