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The Affordable College Textbook Act – SPARC

From SPARC, legislation introduced today:

The Affordable College Textbook Act seeks to reduce the cost of textbooks at U.S. colleges and universities by expanding the use of open textbooks (and other Open Educational Resources) that everyone can use, adapt and share freely. The legislation was introduced on September 26, 2017 by Representatives Polis (D-CO) and Sinema (D-AZ) in the House and  Senators Durbin (D-IL), Franken (D-MN), and King (I-ME) in the Senate.

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Source: The Affordable College Textbook Act – SPARC

Who Owns a Monkey Selfie? Settlement Should Leave Him Smiling – NYTimes.com

From Matthew Haag of the New York Times, a settlement has been reached in this famous copyright case:

The selfie of his bucktooth smile and wide amber eyes made Naruto an internet celebrity. But the widely shared image became embroiled in a novel and lengthy lawsuit over whether the monkey owned the rights to it. Naruto lost the first round in federal court in California in 2016, but won a victory of sorts in a settlement on Monday for himself and his friends.

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Source: Who Owns a Monkey Selfie? Settlement Should Leave Him Smiling – NYTimes.com

Grey Literature in Institutional Repositories – IFLA

From Hiroyuki Tsunoda, Yuan Sun, Masaki Nishizawa & Xiaomin Liu, a paper presented at IFLA 2017

Abstract: An Institutional Repository (IR), according to Foster and Gibbons (2005), is an electronic system that captures, preserves, and provides access to the digital work products of a community. IRs with different types of digital content have appeared after 2000s. They aim to provide open access to institutional research output, to create global visibility for institutions’ research, and to store and preserve other institutional digital assets, including unpublished or otherwise easily lost grey literature such as theses, working papers or technical reports. In this paper we take the world top 100 universities ranked in Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016 as example to investigate the status of contents provided in their IRs, focusing on grey literatures self-archiving. The data was collected from the Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR) (www.opendoar.org), which is an authoritative directory of academic open access repositories run by the University of Nottingham. Up to January 2017, there are over 3,000 repositories in the OpenDOAR that are providing their access worldwide. We found that most of the top 100 universities have established the IRs. California Institute of Technology, University of Oxford, University of Edinburgh, New York University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill were having the largest number of IRs, each of them operating six IRs. By searching IRs of the 100 universities individually, 192 repositories for the top 100 universities were identified, indicating each university has an average of 1.92 IRs. The number of contents is about 7 million, and 700 unique document types were identified in the total institutional repositories. We classified these document types into 12 types. As expected, journal articles (43%) have highest proportion, following by theses & dissertations(13%), conference & workshop papers(8%), book chapters & sections(6%), dataset(6%), multimedia & audio-visual materials(4%) and unpublished reports & working papers(4%). It is revealed that a wide variety of grey literature have been stored in institutional repositories, making them searchable and accessible for the public and research communities. This paper will especially focus on the availability of grey literature in IRs and discuss about new roles and possible futures for librarians.

Read here: http://library.ifla.org/id/eprint/1868

OER: The Future of Education Is Open – Educause Review


Last March, activists in the Open Educational Resources (OER) movement and representatives of the publishing industry debated with each other at the 2017 SXSW EDU Conference and Festival. When the dust settled, the two sides agreed on two things: (1) the textbook publishing market is “broken,” and (2) the future of courseware will be increasingly digital.

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Source: OER: The Future of Education Is Open | EDUCAUSE, EDUCAUSE Review 52, no. 5 (September/October 2017)

Brazil Adopts Open Licensing in National Textbook Program – SPARC

From Nicole Allen and SPARC:

Brazil has taken a significant step toward expanding public access to publicly funded educational resources by incorporating open licensing into its national textbook program—one of the largest educational book purchasing programs in the world.

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Source: Brazil Adopts Open Licensing in National Textbook Program – SPARC

On passing an open access policy at Florida State University – CR&L News

From Devin Soper via College & Research Libraries News’ Scholarly Communication Feature:

In February 2016, the Florida State University (FSU) Faculty Senate passed an institutional Open Access (OA) Policy by unanimous vote, following the lead of many public and private universities across the United States. This was the culmination of many years of outreach and advocacy by OA champions at FSU, with a diverse, talented team of faculty and librarians making significant contributions along the way.

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Source: On passing an open access policy at Florida State University

2017 ALI Scholarly Communication Librarianship Conference – ALI

From the ALI Scholarly Communication Committee:

The Scholarly Communication Committee of the Academic Libraries of Indiana (ALI) is pleased to announce the ALI Scholarly Communication Librarianship Conference will be held in the Ruth Lilly Auditorium at the IUPUI University Library on Friday, October 27, 2017.  Formerly the Michiana Scholarly Communication Librarianship Conference, this marks the first of a new partnership with ALI and a move to a more central location.   An interdisciplinary conference, this event should be of interest to working scholarly communication librarians, library directors looking to implement scholarly communication initiatives and library school students planning on a career in academic librarianship. This year we are featuring presentations from a number of copyright and legal experts including several former Ball State Copyright Conference Presenters.

Source: 2017 ALI Scholarly Communication Librarianship Conference

Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication Volume 5, General Issue

Lots of great articles from the new issue of JLSC.  Here is the table of contents:


Research Articles

Practice Articles

Theory Articles


Source: Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication

InDiPres Membership Meeting and 1st Anniversary Celebration

From InDiPres:

The semi-annual meeting of the InDiPres membership will be held on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Indiana State Library, in Room 401. The meeting is open and all interested individuals are welcome to attend. At this meeting we will be electing new officers, reviewing proposed revisions to the membership agreement, celebrating our first anniversary, and taking a group membership photograph for promotional purposes.

In addition, Ms. Carly Dearborn, Digital Preservation and Electronic Records Archivist for Purdue University Libraries, has graciously agreed to give a talk titled: “Preservation on the Mind: Incorporating Digital Preservation into Daily Workflows,” that will focus on the small daily steps which make preservation easier.

Source: Home Page | InDiPres