Category Archives: Scholarly Communication

Reminder: November 10 Deadline to Host ACRL Scholarly Communication Workshop

SC workshop block To help empower our community in accelerating the transformation of the scholarly communication system, ACRL is once again taking its popular workshop “Scholarly Communications: From Understanding to Engagement” on the road in 2016. The program continues its cost-sharing model as ACRL is committed to underwriting the bulk of the expense for delivering the road show for up to five locations, and the cost for successful host institutions is $2,000. Apply by Tuesday, November 10, 2015, at 5pm Central.

In addition to the competitive subsidized version, you may bring this one-day workshop, at full cost, to your campus, chapter, or consortia year round.

Start Campus Conversations about OA policies with New Introductory Video

COAPI Logo Learn about open access policies and their value to authors, readers, and the world at large in a new introductory video by the Coalition of Open Access Policies (COAPI). Start conversations on your campus about how to get started with an OA policy with this new short animated video, developed with generous support from SPARC and ACRL.

Feel free to embed the YouTube clip in your websites and to share it far and wide as you mark Open Access Week 2015 at your institution. Use COAPI’s short 5-step handout as a guide to getting started on the OA policy development path.

Find other videos, handouts, and presentation templates to adapt and use on your own campus in ACRL’s Scholarly Communication Toolkit. The toolkit also includes context and background by summarizing key issues to offer quick, basic information on scholarly communication topics making it a valuable resource for scholarly communication discussions inside the library and for outreach programs to faculty and administrators.

The Coalition of Open Access Policies brings together representatives from North American universities with established faculty open access policies and those in the process of developing such policies. It was formed to share information and experiences, and to illuminate opportunities for moving faculty-led open access forward at member institutions and advocating for open access nationally and internationally.

Libraries laud appeals court affirmation that mass book digitization by Google is ‘fair use’

Library Copyright Alliance LogoWashington, DC–The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit today ruled in Authors Guild v. Google that Google Book’s mass digital indexing of books for use in creating a searchable online library constituted a legal “fair use” of copyrighted material rather than an infringement.  Statements by members of the Library Copyright Alliance may be attributed as follows:

Sari Feldman, president, American Library Association (ALA):

“The Court’s decision today does much more than affirm the critical importance and clear legality of digitally indexing books on a large scale as fair use, hugely important as that is. The ruling’s broader and potentially landmark legacy is that vague fears of speculative harm due to possible copyright infringement cannot and must not be permitted to deprive every sector of our society of the very real and identifiable benefits of fair use and other legal limits on copyright.  In other words, the assumption that maximum restriction in copyright is the path to maximum benefit which for too long has animated US copyright policies, laws and treaties has been soundly and rationally rejected.”

Ann Campion Riley, president, Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL):

“I join my colleagues in applauding this ruling as it strongly supports fair use principles, allowing scholars and others to discover a wealth of resources.  This is a tremendous opportunity for our communities, in particular for students and others with visual disabilities, as Google Book search makes millions of books searchable.”

Larry Alford, president, Association of Research Libraries (ARL):

“The Association of Research Libraries applauds this victory for fair use regarding the Google Books project, which involved partnerships with many of our libraries.  This important project supports the goal of the copyright system to expand knowledge by supporting access for those with print disabilities with the creation of machine-readable digital copies, and by providing a new research tool for users who can, among other uses engage in text-and-data mining to understand in a deeper way the record of human culture and achievement contained in these books that would not otherwise be possible without the large, searchable database created by Google Books.”

About the Library Copyright Alliance
The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) consists of three major library associations—the American Library Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries, and the Association of Research Libraries—that collectively represent over 100,000 libraries in the United States, employing over 350,000 librarians and other personnel. An estimated 200 million Americans use these libraries more than two billion times each year.

Litigation Chronology (PDF)

Jonathan Band

Save the Date: SPARC/ACRL Forum at ALA Midwinter Meeting 2016

SPARC and ACRL once again offer their popular forum as part of the ALA Midwinter meeting. “Complying with Emerging Funder Public Access Policies: How Libraries Can Make It All Work” will be held Saturday, January 9, 2016, 3:00 – 4:30pm.

Over the past few years, there has been a proliferation of high-profile funders announcing policies requiring greater access to research articles and data. From the White House, to the Canadian Tri-Agency, to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, these policies are now moving into the implementation stage. This brings with it both the excitement of a new era, as well as the daunting challenge of determining how exactly to make things work. This challenge is compounded by differences in the requirements across policies, and the ability of individual researchers and institutions to make sense of these differences and comply effectively.

This forum will explore ways in which the library community can be instrumental in supporting the compliance efforts. Along with identifying some issues and possible strategies, the panelists will discuss services that are being, or have been created or expanded, to help address some of the issues that have been raised. We hope to provide you with some practical ideas that you will be able to take back and implement at your institution.

ACRL Presents Webcast – Celebrate Open Access Week all 52 weeks of the year (10/19)

Join ACRL for a free ACRL Presents webcast to kick-off Open Access Week.  The webcast, “Celebrate Open Access Week all 52 weeks of the year” will be held Monday, October 19, from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Central time (11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Mountain | 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Central | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern).

The work done to highlight open access on campus during OA Week is a significant opportunity to increase engagement.  How can you harness the energy from OA Week throughout the rest of the year?  Join us for some tips and tricks to integrate open access into the internal life of the library, and the external life of campus, year-round.  Learn ways to incorporate open access concepts in to various library departments and how to tie in open access to other campus events throughout the year.

Speaker: Amy Buckland, Institutional Repository Manager, University of Chicago

Free registration is now available.  The webcast will be recorded and the archive will be shared after the live event.  Contact with questions.

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