At the Ref Desk (8/13/18): Complaints upstairs about someone playing the trumpet in one of the computer labs. Oy. [more...]
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Current Cites for June 2018

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 7/12/18 (9:04pm)

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I wrote about an interesting usability study published in Journal of Web Librarianship measuring the effectiveness of library research guides. I guess the best take-away from the article might be, 'know your audience'.

Current Cites for May 2018

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 6/2/18 (1:03pm)

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MIT Technology Review devoted its entire May/June issue to blockchain and cryptocurrency. It's something that's getting a whole lot of press so if ever there was a opportunity to actually read anything on it, this is it.

50 Years of Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 3/19/18 (5:51pm)

Congrads on 50 yrs to the LITA Journal ITAL (more here)! The 50th anniversary issue includes a short review of tech articles from the 1960s as well as two pieces on (what else?) present-day social media [1], [2].

UPDATE (4/1/2018): I listed the articles as well as the issue on this month's Current Cites.

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Current Cites for February 2018

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 2/28/18 (3:25pm)

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Being involved with Citation management at DPU, I found an interesting study which actually polled faculty as to what system they use. Although the response rate wasn't great, it is a good example -- at least a beginning -- for evaluating reality in these services.

Current Cites for December 2017

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 12/28/17 (9:50pm)

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It's the end of year update and I was already in holiday mode so naturally I went with an article on (what else?) Twitter. Fun and academic at the same time, you might say.

Current Cites for May 2017

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 6/2/17 (12:16pm)

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I couldn't resist recommending something non-library this month -- an interview with Tim Berners Lee, inventor of the WWW. His advice for "young computer scientists" was what you might expect from a true innovator, namely, "ignoring conventional wisdom and following their own instincts."

Current Cites for Apr. 2017

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 4/29/17 (11:12am)

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The article I recommended almost seemed like an April Fool's joke when I first saw the title, "The Rewards of Predatory Publications at a Small Business School". But nope, it was serious -- the argument being, if you don't understand the 'incentives', you won't know how to counter them. Um, okay.

Current Cites for Jan. 2017

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 1/31/17 (6:16pm)

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Current Cites for Sept. 2016

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 10/1/16 (10:55am)

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This month I recommended a helpful article from the Journal of Web Librarianship that discussed the use of Google Analytics to improve library website design.

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."

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