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Opening Access
The Copyright Review Management System and HathiTrust

Open Access Week is a particularly appropriate time to reflect on the many different ways to expand access. Appropriately, new publishing and distribution models for the scholarly and scientific literature will be the subject of much discussion. Existing library collections of journals, books, newspapers, and government documents also contain substantial amounts of public domain material, and as Melissa Levine reminds us in her issue brief we are releasing today, “The…

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Finding the Public Domain
The Copyright Review Management System

The public domain is the ultimate open access. It is key to the bargain of copyright. Rather simplistically, in order to incentivize authors to produce works, the public, through Congress, grants authors copyrights in those works. While there is a range of opinion about the purpose and nature of copyright, they all have one common idea: copyright is limited by …


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Developing and Improving Scholarly Communication Services
The Local Faculty Survey at the University of South Florida, Tampa

During a time when the University of South Florida Libraries were exploring new service offerings, the Libraries turned to the Ithaka S+R Local Faculty Survey to better understand the research and teaching needs of its faculty members. Matt Torrence, Associate Librarian and Principal Investigator, reports that “responses to the local survey have helped the Libraries make evidence-based decisions regarding the collections, programs, and services we provide to faculty members, as well…

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Fair Use and Online Learning

The world of online learning presents some unpleasant surprises when it comes to sharing materials. Recently, a university librarian from a selective private institution told me a story that put a nice point on this issue. One of the university’s schools had recently launched a collaborative online degree with peer institutions. Faculty members teaching in the program contacted the library to ask for help with making course materials available to…

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Fair Use in the Visual Arts
Developing a Code of Best Practices

Today, I participated in a meeting convened by the College Art Association (CAA) as part of the project led by Patricia Aufderheide and Peter Jaszi to develop a code of best practices in fair use for the visual arts. CAA is convening ten of these sessions as one input into the development of this code. You may have seen the paper that this project produced earlier this year, on Copyright,…

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