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Registration Now Open for "Talking to Authors in a World of Elsevier Takedowns and Open Access Mandates"

posted Feb 20, 2014, 9:55 AM by Lars Hagelin
The next installment in the on-going copyright and fair use series, Talking to Authors in a World of Elsevier Takedowns and Open Access Mandates, will be held Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

Program Description:

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, will discuss 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.