Archive for March, 2013

U.S. Supreme Court Rules on “First Sale” Doctrine

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion this morning in the case of Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., ruling that the doctrine of first sale applies to copies of works legally made abroad and imported into the U.S.  The first-sale doctrine allows the owner of a book to legally resell it; in the case of libraries, it allows books printed overseas to be circulated to users.

Applications Being Accepted for UCLA Library’s Affordable Course Materials Initiative

Friday, March 15th, 2013

The UCLA Library recently launched the Affordable Course Materials Initiative, which incentivizes instructors to use low-cost or free alternatives to expensive course materials.  These can include open-access scholarly resources, Library-licensed and owned resources, and learning objects and texts that faculty create themselves.

Applications are now being accepted for courses to be taught during the the 2013-14 academic year.  A total of $10,000 is available: Five awards of $1,000 each for instructors teaching courses with enrollments of fewer than two hundred students, and two awards of $2,500 each for instructors teaching courses with enrollment of two hundred or more students.

Further information on the application procedure and deadlines is available on the initiative website.