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It’s Gonna Get a Lot Easier To Break Science Journal Paywalls | WIRED

From Adam Rogers at WIRED, an interesting piece about Google Scholar and paywalls:

“Anurag Acharya’s problem was that the Google search bar is very smart, but also kind of dumb. As a Googler working on search 13 years ago, Acharya wanted to make search results encompass scholarly journal articles. A laudable goal, because unlike the open web, most of the raw output of scientific research was invisible—hidden behind paywalls. People might not even know it existed.”

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Source: It’s Gonna Get a Lot Easier To Break Science Journal Paywalls | WIRED

CopyTalk Webinars | Advocacy, Legislation & Issues

A free webinar series from ALA with recordings and slides available:

“The OITP Copyright Education Subcommittee sponsors CopyTalk, a series of webinars on specific copyright topics that include orphan works, mass digitization, international copyright developments, pending and recent copyright court cases, the copyright implications of new technologies, and more.”

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Source: CopyTalk Webinars | Advocacy, Legislation & Issues

Affordable Textbooks Symposium | IUPUI University Library

From IUPUI’s University Library, a symposium on March 9, 2018:

With sponsorship from the Indiana University Office of Scholarly Publishing and UITS, IUPUI University Library is hosting a half-day symposium on affordable course materials. The National Center for Education Statistics estimates that IUPUI undergraduates paid $1,204.00 on books and supplies in the 2016/2017 academic year. The high cost of textbooks contributes to student debt, low retention rates, and negatively impacts the quality of student life. This expense adds to the many barriers to success faced by lower income and food-insecure students.

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Source: Affordable Textbooks Symposium | University Library

The Evolving Institutional Repository Landscape | Choice360 | White Papers

From Choice 360:

“Last year saw a variety of changes in the institutional repository landscape. Download Choice and Informed Strategies’ 2018 report for a snapshot of where institutional repositories stand and perspective on future directions from thought leaders such as Lorcan Dempsey, Vice President and Chief Strategist of the Online Computer Library Center, and Clifford Lynch, Director of the Coalition for Networked Information.”

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Source: The Evolving Institutional Repository Landscape | Choice360 | White Papers

Open Education Symposium | Florida State University Libraries

From the Florida State University Libraries:

“FSU Libraries are excited to host a one-day Open Education Symposium on March 8th, 2018. The purpose of the symposium will be to raise awareness about Open Educational Resources (OER) and their potential to support student success by reducing textbook costs and creating opportunities for open, learner-centered pedagogy.
David Wiley, Chief Academic Officer of Lumen Learning, will deliver the opening keynote presentation, which will be followed by invited presentations from FSU faculty and students in addition to collaborative breakout sessions.
Registration is free and participants are welcome to attend the entire event or individual sessions in person or remotely through our live webcast.”

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Source: Open Education Symposium | Florida State University Libraries

Color Our Collections 2018 | DPLA

From the DPLA Blog:

“Sharpen your colored pencils and crack open the crayon box! We are once again pleased to team up with libraries, archives, and museums across the country and around the world for #ColorOurCollections week, a celebration of public domain reuse and proudly coloring in your free time, taking place February 5 through February 9, 2018.”

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Source: Color Our Collections 2018

Format Aside: Applying Beall’s Criteria to Assess the Predatory Nature of both OA and Non-OA Library and Information Science Journals | Olivarez | College & Research Libraries

From CR&L (with thanks to The Idealis):

“Abstract: Jeffrey Beall’s blog listing of potential predatory journals and publishers, as well as his Criteria for Determining Predatory Open-Access (OA) Publishers are often looked at as tools to help researchers avoid publishing in predatory journals. While these Criteria has brought a greater awareness of OA predatory journals, these tools alone should not be used as the only source in determining the quality of a scholarly journal….”

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Source: Format Aside: Applying Beall’s Criteria to Assess the Predatory Nature of both OA and Non-OA Library and Information Science Journals | Olivarez | College & Research Libraries

Sharing and Republishing Content – Copyrightlaws.com

From Lesley Ellen Harris:

“Sharing and republishing content happens all the time on the internet. However, you need to keep copyright law in mind when sharing and republishing content you don’t own. Below are six essential facts about copyright law, plus six tips for staying on the right side of it whenever sharing and republishing articles, images and presentations and other content.”

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Source: Sharing and Republishing Content – Copyrightlaws.com: Copyright courses and education in plain English