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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.

Current Cites for Nov 2013

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 11/27/13 (2:11pm)

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I wrote about an usually sharp article in IFLA Journal from a librarian who obviously was writing from (less than happy) personal experience. The article is called, "Non-librarians As Managers : The Case of State University Libraries in Saudi Arabia".

Current Cites for Sept 2013

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 9/30/13 (9:10pm)

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Roy has got the latest version of Current Cites up. I wrote about an interesting article that looked at how librarians can appear more "approachable" to patrons by smiling and looking up. It's something I think about every time I'm at the Reference Desk waiting for students to drop by.

Current Cites for January 2013

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 1/31/13 (6:38pm)

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I wrote about this refreshingly idealistic article, "The Consequences of a Life in Scholarly Publishing" by Morris Philipson who sadly passed away in 2011.

To be honest, I didn't realize while reading the piece that it actually was a reprint from 1995. The author mentions "tapes or CDs of music" and that seemed a bit 'old school' but as the author explains in his conclusion: "The scholarly experience as I now understand it transcends format innovations, market changes, and fashion changes, for they are all the means. The enrichment of mind, soul, or intellect is the end." Fine stuff.

Current Cites for December 2012

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 12/21/12 (3:01pm)

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Current Cites for December is out. I wrote about an interesting article on library staff magazines in the UK in the first half of the 20th Century. The author did a good job explaining the context of why such magazines were becoming necessary -- more complex systems of communication, transportation and information management, growing organizations, increasing wealth and leisure time for working people, all of which predated the computer/internet by 50 to 100 years.

Current Cites for September 2012

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 9/29/12 (12:11pm)

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I featured an article from the journal Electronic Library titled, 'An Analysis of American Academic Libraries Websites: 2000-2010'.

Current Cites for November 2011

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 11/29/11 (2:28pm)

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I've got two 'cites' this month: one on Libraries moving to Drupal and another on the use (or non-use as the case may be) of Library Subject Guides by college students.

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