Posts Tagged ‘ copyright ’

truthberry picking (to be continued…)

Just a place marker for my post on the berries from ALA Direct this week



why do i even bother

…blogging, when there are great blogs like this one diggin out the truthberries of my favorite topic!

I didn’t know JSTOR even had four million articles

[UPDATE] In an answer to the question raised by Sense and Reference, here’s a perspective on the people outside of the sholarly community who might want these liberated (or other open) documents.

Unequal Access

truthberry picking

New thing.  I read the American Libraries Direct newsletter each week and often fill my browser with tabs of the items I find most interesting, sharing some in facebook, others via email to library colleagues.  It occurred to me today that I could use this as a blogging opportunity and aggregate my favorites here.  My hope is that perhaps  my research foci will emerge out of this effort and that you, dear readers (if you exist), may find common narrowed interest.

So, truthberry is actually the more common Rasta reinvention of the word library.   That I more often call it a truthbrary (and ourselves as truthbrarians) is just to make the connection a little clearer.  But how nicely it serves my purpose here for the berries of truth I picked out of the interwebs this week.

It occurs to me Zotero will also be my dear friend in this effort.  So, stay tuned.

Why non-academics should be following the Georgia State U case (Copyright Librarian blog)  Did I mention this might be my favorite library topic?

…a ruling against fair use at Georgia State would do a lot to establish that any time a copyright holder is willing to sell a license, not taking them up on it is inherently infringement.

As an ACRL Legislative advocate, I’m always looking for succinct pointers to help communicate the value of academic libraries.  When talking about the library remember N3P3: an advocacy talking points framework for academic libraries (Ubiquitous Librarian blog) is a useful start.

A few nods to my Learner strength and some good tips for organizational effectiveness from your desk to your desktop.

And, finally, because Borders declared bankruptcy and, thus, closed in my town while the little (and very awesome) local bookstore around its corner remains, a tribute:  Independent Bookstores in New Orleans say they’re thriving (, via AL Direct June 8, 2011).  Also, yet another reason I am bummed to not be going to ALA New Orleans.

truthbrarians and copyright

I was so glad to see this post on copyright-knowledgable librarians highlighted in American Libraries Direct this week. It gives me opportunity to agree and briefly follow-up on a previous post of my own on the matter.

My favorite point this Copyright Librarian blogger points out is the context that librarians bring to the issue of copyright.  The reason that we know what we know and can impart this wisdom effectively to others is because we had to learn it in the context of doing.  And that context of doing is the same or very similar to the context of need for faculty or other library users.   Moreover,  as librarians who value integrity of knowledge, we don’t just half-ass our learning in doing — we research.

Few copyright specialist attorneys have extensive experience with academic publishing, but academic librarians – they have an amazing view of the whole system and life-cycle of scholarly publishing.

The post goes on to illustrate a small survey comparing faculty and librarian knowledge on copyright matters relative to the use of textual quotations, use of images, and course reserves.  The latter which I was happy to see the least margin of difference between the two.

And what’s more, the post references another little blog (before I knew what blogs were) entry of yore — one that made me want to be a librarian!

In summary:  we are cool, we are knowledgable, and we’ve got image issues to overcome.

ereserves, scholarly communication, the role of the librarian faculty liaison

I think when this major court case Publishers v. Georgia State University began, it was about the time we started trying to figure out how to dump our e-reserves system onto faculty.  Too bad, just when librarians are starting to really pick up their copyright baton in their role in Scholarly Communication.  We could have had quite a head start.

When I was involved in helping coordinate the work of copyright compliance for e-reserves at my library years back, I constantly wondered why the subject librarians, the faculty liaisons were not involved in the process.  Our biggest problem at that time was trying to communicate to faculty the provision of fair use we were using and why we had to restrict their course content.  Seems simple enough, right?  Well, the trouble was that we often couldn’t just tell them this outright.  As lowly and still fairly shy technical services staff we funnelled this  faculty communication through the public service staff.  This was a relief, but also a frustration because often the result  was promises were made by public services to keep the customer happy that technical services couldn’t keep.

So why not involve the librarians who consulted with faculty all the time?  They were the experts in these tricky copyright issues, weren’t they?  They they had the greatest relationship clout to influence faculty practice and were already skilled at information literacy instruction, right?   I guess, like us,  they also had a lot of other stuff to do.

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