Archive for April, 2010

UC Provost Support FRPAA

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Lawrence Pitts, UC provost and executive vice chancellor, added his signature to a letter from higher adminstration officials supporting the Federal Research Public Access Act, which was recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Federal Research Public Access Bill Introduced in House

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

The Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA) has been introduced in the House of Representatives by a bipartisan list of co-sponsors.  The bill would require federal agencies with annual extramural research budgets of $100 million or more to provide public online access to research papers resulting from funded research no later than six months after publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Similar legislation was introduced in the Senate in 2009.

April 22 Faculty Workshop on Fair Use

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Do you provide copies of entire articles to students in your classroom or course Web site? Do you post materials on your course management system or use your CMS or Web site as a virtual classroom? Simply because the content is for educational purposes does not mean that you can copy and distribute it without considering whether that is consistent with the U.S. Copyright Act.

Learn from campus legal and copyright experts how to provide the best experiences for your students without violating copyright. The workshop begins at 10 a.m. at the Charles E. Young Research Library. Admission is free, but reservations are required by April 19 and can be made online.

New Report on Faculty Opinions regarding Digital Scholarship

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

The non-profit Ithaka group has released “Faculty Survey 2009: Key Strategic Insights for Libraries, Publishers, and Societies,” a report on respondents’ usage and perceptions of their campus libraries, responses to the print-to-digital shift in scholarship, and changes in their professional habits in an increasingly electronic environment.

Key findings include a shift away from the use of the academic library in the discovery process, increasing reliance on and comfort with electronic-only forms of scholarship, and conservative attitudes regarding fundamental changes in the scholarly publishing system.