Category Archives: Scholarly Communication

Owning and Using Scholarship: An IP Handbook for Teachers and Researchers

Owning and Using ScholarshipACRL announces the publication of Owning and Using Scholarship: An IP Handbook for Teachers and Researchers by Kevin L. Smith, JD.

Copyright and other types of laws regulating intellectual property create an increasing concern for contemporary scholarship. The digital environment has created exciting new opportunities and possibilities for scholars to work and distribute their work. But these new opportunities also create issues that did not arise in the analog world. Owning and Using Scholarship demystifies intellectual property, and especially copyright law, for academic authors and independent scholars who face these dilemmas. It also serves as a comprehensive resource for librarians who are asked to assist with these new and challenging decisions.

Throughout the book a clear explanation of the law is coupled with concrete examples drawn from actual issues encountered by scholars. This balance of theoretical background and practical application is designed to appeal to both those who want a quick discussion of potential approaches and those who prefer to know “why.” In addition to applying this approach to copyright issues that arise for research and teaching, the volume also discusses the options and obstacles that confront authors wishing to publish their work in new environment. Explanations and objective assessments of the different options available for disseminating scholarship are provided to assist authors and other creators in making their own decisions about the best choice for them.

Smith is director of the Office of Copyright and Scholarly Communications at the Duke University Libraries and is both a librarian and an attorney experienced in copyright and technology law. He also serves as a campus resource on national policy in order to help the community stay informed and involved with the changing landscape of scholarly publication. 

Owning and Using Scholarship: An IP Handbook for Teachers and Researchers is available for purchase in print, as an e-book, and as a print/ e-book bundle through the ALA Online Store; in print and for Kindle through Amazon.com; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

Owning and Using Scholarship is also available as an Open Access edition on the ACRL website. 

Register for ScholCommCamp Unconference at ACRL 2015

Join the first-ever unconference sponsored by the ARL/ACRL Institute on Scholarly Communication (ISC) to be held Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m., in Portland, Oregon. This collaborative and informal experience is right for you if you have good knowledge of scholarly communication topics and passion for library-led outreach on campus.

During this community-driven experience, you will come together with your fellow participants to share skills, learn what has worked at other campuses, and build plans for your library’s scholarly communication program throughout the day. You and your colleagues will set the day’s agenda on the spot during the first session of this spontaneous and timely event. ScholCommCamp will be an exceptionally productive day in which you define problems, create solutions, and develop plans so that you can improve your library’s scholarly communication program. Join us for this fun, lively day!

ScholCommCamp is being underwritten by the ARL/ACRL Institute on Scholarly Communication and being offered in conjunction with the ACRL 2015 Conference in Portland, Oregon. Registration for the ACRL 2015 conference is not required to register for ScholCommCamp.

Facilitators
Our lead “wrangler” for ScholCommCamp is Amy Buckland, institutional repository manager at the University of Chicago. She will help participants develop ground rules, build the agenda, and provoke participation. Amy will be joined by Char Booth, director of research, teaching, & learning services at the Claremont Colleges Library, to help participants get the most from the day. We will add additional facilitator name(s) to the ScholCommCamp webpage as they are confirmed.

Registration
You are not required to register for the ACRL 2015 conference to register for ScholCommCamp.

When you register for ScholCommCamp, be prepared to tell us about yourself and why you are interested in participating, in 75 words or less. What do you hope to contribute and learn? This information will be shared publicly with all participants.

Register online for $30 (lunch included). Participation is limited to 100 people—first come, first served.

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The Institute on Scholarly Communication (ISC) is jointly sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) to promote the development of library-led outreach on scholarly communication issues. Hundreds of institute alumni form a community that provides peer support and professional sharing of information relating to campus outreach. The ISC’s first signature event was an in-person immersive learning experience that prepared participants as local experts within their libraries and provided a structure for developing a program plan for scholarly communication outreach that is customized for each participant’s institution. The institute has supported additional professional development activities and also provides a set of shared resources. The ISC is on the web at http://www.arl.org/isc.

ACRL e-Learning webcast series: Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy

Registration is available for the three-part e-Learning webcast series, From Awareness to Transformation: Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy in 21st Century Academic Libraries. This webcast series, organized by the ACRL Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy task force, will focus on practical approaches to building and strengthening connections between scholarly communication and information literacy in academic libraries.  These webcasts build on the work introduced in the ACRL white paper, Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy: Creating Strategic Collaborations for a Changing Academic Environment.

  • Webcast 1: Creating Strategic Collaborations – Starting the Conversations, Making the Connections, Taking Advantage of Opportunities (December 10, 2014)
  • Webcast 2: Designing Job Descriptions for New Roles: Integrating Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy into Library Liaison Job Descriptions (January 15, 2015)
  • Webcast 3: Is Copyright the Third Rail in Information Literacy, or a Common Denominator? (February 18, 2015)

These webcasts will provide content of use to a broad audience, from library staff who might have just begun these conversations to those who have already successfully addressing facets of the changing scholarly communication and information literacy landscape. Each webcast is related to the others but is also independent so you can do all three or just choose one or two that best meets your needs.

Complete details including webcast descriptions and learning outcomes for each webcast, and registration materials are available online. Contact Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org or call (312) 280-2522 with questions.

ACRL offering OER workshop at ALA Midwinter

Join ACRL for the workshop, “Tackling Textbook Costs through Open Educational Resources: A Primer,” on Thursday, January 29 (1:00 – 5:00 p.m.) and Friday, January 30, 2015 (8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) prior to the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. This event is organized by SPARC in collaboration with the ARL/ACRL Institute for Scholarly Communication.

The skyrocketing cost of textbooks is a hot topic on campus, and academic libraries have a burgeoning opportunity to advance the solution through Open Educational Resources (OERs). OERs include digital textbooks and other academic materials that carry an open license permitting their free use and repurposing by others. Join us for this action-packed primer on how libraries can leverage OER for textbook affordability-and beyond. Participants will learn from national experts, get inspired by successful projects, brainstorm with peers, and develop action plans. All levels of experience welcome.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn the basics of OER and how to talk about it on campus.
  • Learn how academic libraries are successfully advancing OER.
  • Begin developing an action plan for your campus.

Presenter(s)
Nicole Allen, Director of Open Education, SPARC. Additional presenters to be confirmed shortly.

How to register
Complete details and registration materials are online at http://www.ala.org/acrl/oerinstituteACRL and SPARC members, please enter the discount code “ACRL2015″ on the registration form in order to receive the discounted rate.

Questions should be directed to mconahan@ala.org.

Celebrate University Press Week

The Association of American University Presses (AAUP) and its more than 130 members will be celebrating the 3rd annual University Press Week from November 9 through 14. University Press Week showcases the unique role AAUP members play in producing high-quality works.

AAUP invites college and research libraries to join in celebrating this scholarship. This year the event will highlight vital collaborative projects spearheaded by university and academic presses with research libraries, scholars, and other universities around the world. The Press-Library Collaboration Report shares conclusions from a 2014 survey.

AAUP’s members will be showcasing examples of projects that highlight the success of collaboration in scholarly publishing, including projects with libraries, in its Collaboration Gallery. The focus on collaboration will culminate in an online discussion on Google+ moderated by Jennifer Howard from The Chronicle of Higher Education. Howard will be joined by Barbara Kline Pope, Executive Director for the National Academies Press and AAUP President, Peter Dougherty, Director of Princeton University Press, and Ron Chrisman, Director of the University of North Texas Press as these three press directors discuss three innovative collaborations that cross the boundaries of nations, institutions, and disciplines. Thirty-two members will also participate in a blog tour beginning Monday, November 10 that will continue throughout the week. Blog tour details are available on the AAUP website.

To help ACRL members participate in the celebration and promote the critical scholarship produced and distributed at our campuses, AAUP has made promotional materials available through a University Press Week toolkit.

– Faye A. Chadwell, Donald and Delpha Campbell University Librarian and OSU Press Director, Oregon State University

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