Reviews of Digital Scholarship Publications

Altmetrics Bibliography:

Long-time Current Cites contributor and noted digital bibliographer Charles W. Bailey, Jr. adds to his professional corpus this well-researched bibliography on "altmetrics'. Altmetrics is, as he quotes in his introduction, "the study and use of scholarly impact measures based on activity in online tools and environments." He cites sources from 2001 through September 2013, with links to openly available resources when possible. This is clearly an important resource for anyone interested in this topic, and will likely remain so if he releases updates to it as he has for his other biblioraphic works. Highly recommended. - Roy Tennant, Current Cites 24, no. 10 (2013).

The Cave of Hypnos: Early Poems:

I'm a big fan of the balance of simplicity and complexity in these poems. They clearly reflect another time in poetry when the influence of Wallace Stevens was still strong yet they are closer to James Wright or H.D. than they are to Stevens: still deeply attached to myth but as a matter of fact rather than an exotic evocation. . . .

The poems and the book are short enough that one can easily sample them at leisure. We recommend you do. - Charles Noreaster, The Seattle Star, 29 March, 2014.

Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography:

A selective but massive bibliography compiled by Charles W. Bailey, Jr, this resources presents more than 500 digital curation and preservation-related articles, books, and report. This tremendous resource is organized into chapters on subjects such as "copyright", "formats", "metadata", and other core topics. The resource is available as a free, open-access PDF file but may also be purchased in print from a number of worldwide retailers. Bailey's bibliography provides citations, but due to its size, resources are not annotated. Still, this remains an excellent place to survey much of the available research on a topic related to data curation. - Julia Flanders and Trevor Muñoz. "An Introduction to Humanities Data Curation." In DH Curation Guide: A Community Resource Guide to Data Curation in the Digital Humanities. n.p.: DH Curation Guide project, 2012. (Full review)

Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography 2010:

This massive resource, available in an open-access PDF version, provides a comprehensive list of publications on digital preservation issues. The contents are arranged by categories such as formats, metadata, and policy. If you're looking for a reading list that will keep you busy from now until the end of time, this is your one-stop shop for all things digital preservation. - Helen Bailey, "Digital Preservation Reading List," Preservation Services at Dartmouth College weblog, February 21, 2012. (Full review)

Digital Curation Bibliography: Preservation and Stewardship of Scholarly Works:

Librarians and scholars who are concerned with managing digital resources and preserving them for future use will find a crash course on the subject in this bibliography. . . . This book is recommended for librarians working with original digital resources, scholars interested in digital repositories, and students in the field. - Paul M. Blobaum, Journal of the Medical Library Association 101, no. 2 (2013): 158. (Full review.)

For those who need a curriculum for understanding or teaching the background and history of digital curation. . .this book will be a helpful item." - Margaret Heller, Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship 25, no. 1 (2013): 86.


This site is recommended for several types of users. Those who are new to digital libraries or librarians interested in digital librarianship will find this site to be a good overview and if a particular topic proves interesting, it is easy to find more information on that topic. Those who work in digital libraries will find this site useful for finding information on a particular topic in one place. . . . For job seekers this is an excellent site, with job ads placed almost daily under "digital library jobs" and "library IT jobs." - Maura Valentino Technical Services Quarterly 30, no. 2 (2013): 229-231.

Digital Scholarship 2009:

These four bibliographies, compiled in one volume, offer invaluable assistance to the researcher on all forms of digital scholarship. While not exhaustive, this volume gives researchers a much-needed representation of the most important citations on all forms of electronic publishing and related issues, from a burgeoning literature, through providing meticulous, complete, and accurate citations-the winnowing that has occurred in reviewing and compiling this Annual update is remarkable. The great advantage for the researcher is that Bailey's web site at provides current updates for citations to this volume as well.

Recommended for library science collections, and for professional collections of those involved in scholarly communication, institutional repositories, electronic publishing, copyright advisory services, metadata services, and related areas for libraries. In addition, this compilation is invaluable for anyone involved in information policy, legal affairs departments of universities, or research administration. - Craig Gibson. The Journal of Academic Librarianship 37, no. 1 (2011): 86-87. (Full review)

Institutional Repositories SPEC Kit 292 (Published by the Association of Research Libraries):

The text is well organized, comprehensive in scope, and provides a wide variety of examples that may be consulted for comparison and guidance. Institutional Repositories is appropriate for libraries with an operational institutional repository as well as those institutions that are in the planning or investigation stage. - Mary Beth Weber, Library Resources & Technical Services 52, no. 4 (2008): 270-271. (Full review)

The publication provides useful comparative data on website presentation and various policies required for the effective operation of an institutional repository. . . . For an institution considering the establishment of an institutional repository, the survey results provide information on the skill set required by staff and an indication of the costs which are likely to be incurred. . . . This SPEC Kit achieves its stated purpose and provides a useful snapshot of developments in the ARL institutions, while the detail provided by individual institutions provides useful insights and strategies. - Eve Woodberry, Australian Academic & Research Libraries 39, no. 2 (2008): 129-30.

Open Access Bibliography: Liberating Scholarly Literature with E-Prints and Open Access Journals (Published by the Association of Research Libraries and Digital Scholarship):

Those wishing to learn more about the open access movement would be well served by turning to Bailey's Open Access Bibliography. . . .This title is a major contribution to the study of the open access movement in general, as well as its emergence in the early twenty-first century. - Mary Aycock, Library Resources and Technical Services 52, no. 3 (2008): 212-213.

Available both online and in print from the Association of Research Libraries, this thorough and authoritative bibliography will serve as the seminal bibliographic source for this movement. . . . Anyone interested in the Open Access movement will likely find this contribution to the effort to be an instant classic. - Roy Tennant, Current Cites 16 (March 2005) (Full review)

This is an excellent resource for its extensive background documentation of the open access arguments and issues. -Ann Jensen, Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, no. 43 (2005) (Full review)

Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography (reviews of website that three paperbacks are based on):

Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography

This work gives an outstanding overview of scholarship relating to the growing Open Access movement. - George Machovec, The Charleston Advisor 12, no. 2 (2010): 3. (Text is part of a Best Content by an Individual award given to the author by the journal.)

Bailey is a master of compiling lists of articles, web pages, white papers, and books on a particular topic and distributing them to a wide audience. . . . This bibliography, like the others, is extensive and well organized with topical subheadings. A preface helps readers understand what "open access" means and what models are available. . . . This bibliography is recommended for everyone interested in open access publishing. - Paul M. Blobaum, Journal of the Medical Library Association 100, no. 1 (2012): 73. (Full review.)

SEP [Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography] is compiled with utter professionalism. It reminds me of the work of the best artisans who know not only every item that leaves their workshops, but each component used to create them-providing the ideal quality control. . . . The selection of items is impeccable. I have yet to find journal articles irrelevant to the scope of the bibliography. SEP could be used as a benchmark in evaluating abstracting/indexing databases that proudly claim to have coverage of electronic publishing, but do not come close to SEP. - Péter Jacsó ONLINE 27, no. 3 (2003): 73-76. (Full review)

This bibliography portal demonstrates that citation lists continue to play a role in research, in spite of the availability of powerful Web and digital library search engines and the near-extinction of print bibliography publishing. Summing Up: Recommended. - J. A. Buczynski, Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 45, no. 1 (1997): 58.