The fourth in a series of webinars focusing on open access, copyright, and fair use. Co-sponsored by ASERL, Boston Library Consortium (BLC), Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA), Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN), and Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC). The lead presenter is Laura Quilter of the University of Massachusetts - Amherst. Susan Stearns, Executive Director of the Boston Library Consortium, introduces the session. In this presentation, Laura Quilter acknowledges that academic authors face tough challenges in deciding where and how to publish. Publishers are increasingly aggressive about enforcing copyrights -- as evidenced by Elsevier's flurry of copyright "takedown" notices in December, and the ongoing "ereserves" litigation against Georgia State University. Funders and employers (universities) are moving ahead with efforts to ensure widespread open access to work they fund and support. Professional societies are at a loss of how best to advise their members, and the junior faculty and graduate students. Into this stew of confusion, throw in a few dashes of "altmetrics", "MOOCs", critiques of peer review, and the usual travails of funding and competition for scarce jobs, and it's no wonder that we librarians have a tough time getting faculty to focus on negotiating their author agreements.
So where is all this going? And how can librarians talk to our campus authors -- our faculty, grad students, and other authors -- about their best interests, both short-term and long-term? Who are the collaborators on campus that we could be working with to help scholarship make this transition? What kinds of interventions can we make that will be helpful? Laura Quilter, copyright attorney and librarian, discusses the legal import of Elsevier's takedowns and the GSU case, as well as strategies and approaches for librarians consulting with faculty and their campuses.
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