Princeton bans academics from handing all copyright to journal publishers

Princeton
bans academics from handing all copyright to journal publishers

By
Sunanda Creagh, The Conversation, September 28, 2011.

http://tinyurl.com/3orpfva

 

“Prestigious
US academic institution Princeton University has banned researchers from giving
the copyright of scholarly articles to journal publishers, except in certain
cases where a waiver may be granted. The new rule is part of an Open Access
policy aimed at broadening the reach of their scholarly work and encouraging
publishers to adjust standard contracts that commonly require exclusive
copyright as a condition of publication.”

Can’t Find ‘Orphan’ Authors? Writers Group Says It Had No Trouble

[From the article: Several universities recently declared, against the wishes of
the Author’s Guild, that they will begin sharing digital versions of so-called
orphan works—books whose copyright holders can’t be found. Now the Guild has
produced a surprise find to undermine the universities. The Guild announced
today that it tracked down the author of one of the orphan works that the
universities plan to release this fall—and that it did so with a simple Google
(NSDQ:GOOGNews) search. The discovery is a
public relations coup for the Authors Guild, and comes just two days after it
filed a lawsuit to stop the schools from going forward with their plan.]

Can’t Find ‘Orphan’ Authors? Writers
Group Says It Had No Trouble

Several universities recently declared, against the
wishes of the Author’s Guild, that they will begin sharing digital
versions of so-called orphan works—books whose copyright holders can’t be
found.

paidContent.org
via Yahoo! Finance – Sep 14

Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Cant-Find-Orphan-Authors-paidcontent-280011433.html?x=0&.v=2

Yale Library, Digitization, Hathi Trust

[From the article: For now, the cost and time required to digitize all of Yale’s volumes
exceed the library’s capacity, Gibbons said. But a growing digital community of
libraries can help the University move towards its goal of expanding access to
its holdings. “Companies that were doing big microfilming projects are now
doing big digitizing projects,” Reese said. “If the question was could all the
books in the Yale library be digitized, the answer is probably yes … Yale won’t
necessarily have to be the one to digitize them.” If another institution has
digitized a work also found in Yale’s print collections, for example, the
institutions might share access through the Hathi Trust. Based in Ann Arbor,
Mich. and operating in conjunction with the University of Michigan, the Hathi
Trust offers libraries across the country access to one another’s collections,
Pilette said. Yale became a member of the Trust in August 2010, when it became
the second Ivy League institution after Columbia University to join. Jeremy
York, project librarian for Hathi Trust, said most libraries choose to allow
unrestricted access to their materials in the repository, but Pilette said that
in some cases, copyright law dictates that only the affiliates of the library
that owns the print edition may access digital copies of those materials.]

UP CLOSE | A digital library?

Librarians
worldwide are adjusting to serve users in an age dominated by online resources
and e-readers.

Yale
Daily News – Sep 27 | Source:
http://www.yaledailynews.com/news/2011/sep/27/close-digital-library/

Using Tech to Engage Library Users Sparks ITHAKA Conference

[From the article: … [Susan Gibbons, Yale University Librarian] pointed out that
that it was important to realize the difference between what a librarian
perceives users’ needs to be, and what their actual needs are. A key is simple
communication—directly asking users what they want, and then finding the best
way to provide it. Those needs often intersect with technology. In a survey,
for example, the library found that many graduate students were asking for
access to online citation management tools, such as EndNote and RefWorks, but once offered,
they largely went unused, Gibbons said. Looking closer and asking students
questions allowed the library to understand that it had introduced the new
tools at the wrong time of the academic year—after the students were embroiled
in their dissertations and unwilling to alter their work methods. The library
reintroduced the tools at the very beginning of the academic year, and they
were then used extensively.]

Using Tech to Engage Library Users Sparks ITHAKA Conference

Library Journal

A focus on using technology to engage
with library users kept participants tuned into the second day of the
nonprofit ITHAKA’s Sustainable Scholarship Conference 2011 in New York on
September 20.

Source: http://www.libraryjournal.com/lj/home/892135-264/using_tech_to_engage_library.html.csp

Bookshare’s Digital Library Paves the Way for Accessible Reading

[From the article: One of the best
kept secrets in the world of publishing stems from nothing more than a lack of
consumer knowledge regarding the copyright laws as they pertain to individuals
with disabilities. As more and more readers tune in to the ever-increasing
numbers of electronic content, a wider understanding of the law is spreading,
especially among educational institutions, so that individuals can take full
benefit from existing legislation such as the Chafee Amendment and the Instructional Materials Accessibility Act. While
organizations have existed for many years to produce expensive and unwieldy
print editions of large-print and Braille-print books, new groups are forming
with the advent of digital publishing to make that accessibility even less
cumbersome. “We operate under the copyright law,” says Betsy Burgess of Bookshare.org, “meaning that
students who have a print disability can have access to books in alternate
formats without having to purchase them or compensate the author. Qualifications
for this purpose are things like a visual impairment, a physical disability, or
a severe learning disability like dyslexia, just to name a few.”]

Bookshare’s
Digital Library Paves the Way for
Accessible Reading

 

Good
E-Reader (blog) – Mercy Pilkington – 3 hours ago

Bookshare
maintains an online library of over 120000 copyrighted materials,
Very simply, how you read the book depends on how you use the technology,