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Study On Copyright Limitations And Exceptions For Libraries And Archives: Updated And Revised (2017 Edition) | WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights

From Dr. Kenny Crews and the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights:

Copyright statutes from most countries of the world include exceptions or limitations applicable
specifically to libraries and archives. These provisions play an important role in facilitating
library services and serving private and public interests in copyright law. This report offers an
examination and analysis of copyright exceptions applicable to libraries and archives from the
copyright laws of all 191 countries of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

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Source: http://www.wipo.int/edocs/mdocs/copyright/en/sccr_35/sccr_35_6.pdf

Books and the OA effect: One publisher’s perspective – OASPA

From Ros Pyne, Head of Policy and Development, Open Research at Springer Nature

Where there are undeniable challenges in introducing a sustainable OA books model, we also see opportunities to drive open access forward and advance discovery through experimentation. As of October 2017, Springer Nature has published more than 400 open access books on SpringerLink, from our SpringerOpen and Palgrave Macmillan imprints. This means that we have a solid and growing dataset from which to investigate the so-called ‘OA effect’.

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Source: Books and the OA effect: One publisher’s perspective – OASPA

Who posted all those articles to ResearchGate anyway? | Scholarly Communications @ Duke

From David Hansen, J.D.:

You may have heard about recent legal action against ResearchGate brought by several large academic publishers organized under name of the “Coalition for Responsible Sharing” (Elsevier, Wiley, Wolters Kluwer, Brill, and ACS). Some of its members filed a lawsuit against ResearchGate and sent ResearchGate copyright takedown notices for many articles posted there. There are some good summaries of the dispute already, including this one by Mike Wolfe at UC Davis and this one on Science Magazine Online.

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Source: Scholarly Communications @ Duke – Discussions about the changing world of scholarly communications and copyright

SPEC Kit 357 Libraries, Presses, and Publishing

From Laurie N. Taylor, Brian W. Keith et al.:

Abstract

Many Association of Research Libraries (ARL) members have robust and long-standing publishing activities, often in collaboration with or running parallel to the press of the larger institutional entity. As reported in the Association of American University Presses (AAUP) 2015–2016 annual report, 30 AAUP member presses are in libraries. Eighty-one institutions are both ARL and AAUP members, and at 21 of those institutions, the press reports to the library. Other libraries—including Amherst College Press and the University of Cincinnati Press—launched new presses within libraries. Most of the 123 ARL member libraries are engaged in publishing or publishing support activities such as hosting digital publications, administering open access publishing systems, creating open educational resources, providing editorial services, or participating on scholarly advisory boards.

The findings from this survey complement the ongoing work of LPC, ARL, and AAUP on libraries and publishing to inform on the expansive breadth of practice taking place at the intersection of research libraries, presses, and publishing. By investigating ARL institutional landscapes and practices as they relate to presses and publishing, this study complements and extends prior SPEC Kits that focused on digital scholarship, digital humanities, open educational resources, and digital collections and services by exploring aspects of publishing activities in the specific context of press collaborations, integrations, and partnerships. The survey results are based on responses from 63 of the 123 ARL member libraries (51%) between July 5 and August 8, 2017, and document activities in libraries, presses, and publishing and their relation to digital scholarship and workforce development.

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Source: “SPEC Kit 357 Libraries, Presses, and Publishing November 2017” by Laurie N. Taylor, Brian W. Keith et al.

Leading Across Boundaries: Collaborative Leadership and the Institutional Repository in Research Universities and Liberal Arts Colleges – ProQuest

From David M. Seaman, Simmons College:

Libraries often engage in services that require collaboration across stakeholder boundaries to be successful. Institutional repositories (IRs) are a good example of such a service. IRs are an infrastructure to preserve intellectual assets within a university or college, and to provide an open access showcase for that institution’s research, teaching, and creative excellence. They involve multiple stakeholders (librarians, IT experts, administrators, faculty, and students) and are typically operated by academic libraries. They have existed since the early 2000s….

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Source: Leading Across Boundaries: Collaborative Leadership and the Institutional Repository in Research Universities and Liberal Arts Colleges – ProQuest

v29 #4 Community-Led Teaching and Learning: Designing an Open Educational Resource for Scholarly Communication and Legal Issues | Against The Grain

From Josh Bolick,  Maria Bonn, and Will Cross via Against the Grain:

The open educational resources (OER) movement is growing at a rapid pace — not as rapidly as prices for textbooks have risen over the course of the last decades, and not rapidly enough to yet meet the exigent needs of students, many of whom take educational risks to alleviate costs by forgoing required materials.1  As discussed in last year’s Against the Grain special issue,2 in order to support those students, libraries and librarians have become staunch advocates for open education and open textbooks.  Yet, our community often still relies upon commercial textbooks for our own professionalization.  This is especially true for legal issues like copyright and privacy, which — when they are offered at all — often borrow textbooks that reflect the overpriced nature of law school textbook prices.

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Source: v29 #4 Community-Led Teaching and Learning: Designing an Open Educational Resource for Scholarly Communication and Legal Issues | Against The Grain

Research Data Management Services in Academic Libraries in the US: A Content Analysis of Libraries’ Websites | Yoon | College & Research Libraries

From Ayoung Yoon and Teresa Schultz via College & Research Libraries:

Examining landscapes of research data management services in academic libraries is timely and significant for both those libraries on the front line and the libraries that are already ahead. While it provides overall understanding of where the research data management program is at and where it is going, it also provides understanding of current practices and data management recommendations and/or tool adoptions as well as revealing areas of improvement and support. This study examined the research data (management) services in academic libraries in the United States through a content analysis of 185 library websites, with four main areas of focus: service, information, education, and network. The results from the content analysis of these webpages reveals that libraries need to advance and engage more actively to provide services, supply information online, and develop educational services. There is also a wide variation among library data management services and programs according to their web presence.

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Source: Research Data Management Services in Academic Libraries in the US: A Content Analysis of Libraries’ Websites | Yoon | College & Research Libraries

Open Access Without Tears – 2017 Edition | Library Babel Fish

From Barbara Fister/Library Babel Fish blog:

A couple of years ago, I wrote up a few ways you can make your work open access without breaking the bank, breaking the law, or risking your reputation. In honor of Open Access Week, I thought I’d review and update those suggestions. It seems especially timely, given how routine it has become for some academics to post their articles on ResearchGate and Academia.edu and how, suddenly, publishers are seeing this as a serious threat. You don’t want to rely on a commercial startup to share knowledge, especially if it leads to take-down notices. There are plenty of good options.

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Source: Open Access Without Tears – 2017 Edition | Library Babel Fish

Open Education: From Resources to Practice – ANU Online Coffee Courses

A short online course from Australian National University:

During Open Education Week in March this year, the coffee course ‘Open Educational Practice: An Introduction’, introduced OER and some of the foundational considerations to ‘adopting’ open education. In this upcoming course, you’ll explore some of the deeper issues surrounding open education; specifically, practical decisions and questions that should be asked when developing, reusing, and collaborating on open education activities. Each day the facilitators will provide stimulus for reflection and group discussion, as well as a synthesis of the previous days’ discussion.

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Source: Open Education: From Resources to Practice – ANU Online Coffee Courses

DPLA Exchange Offers Library-Centered Ebook Marketplace – DPLA

By DPLA Interim Executive Director Michele Kimpton, Ebook Consultant Micah May, and Ebook Program Manager Michelle Bickert

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is proud to unveil a pilot program to test a new model for a library-owned and library-centered ebook marketplace for popular ebooks, together with free public domain and openly-licensed ebooks. The DPLA Exchange (exchange.dp.la), will allow staff at six pilot libraries to log in and start selecting ebooks from over a hundred thousand licensed titles and thousands more that are openly-licensed.  The new program will be administered through a partnership with LYRASIS, which will provide the hosting and other technology resources.

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