September 2011 Archives

Fall Copyright workshops up!

The slate of copyright workshops from the University of Minnesota Libraries is (finally) up, and available for registration. Changed the names around a bit from last semester, and added a new workshop specifically on copyright issues in online teaching.

We'll be adding a few online-only workshop sessions a little later in the semester for folks at the more remote campuses. If you're not affiliated with the U of MN, but would like to attend one of the online sessions just to listen in, contact me via email. I'll open reg as space is available, and will give preference to librarians looking to develop their own copyright knowledge (or teaching).

Here's the schedule!

Can I Use That? Dealing with Copyright in Everyday Life (Grad students, Staff, others)

Do you remix, re-use, review, quote, criticize, parodize? Copyright presents some big challenges in all of those situations! We'll learn by exploring examples from visual arts, music, and video, as well as academic research and writing. Expect to think hard, discuss a little, and have fun! No direct legal advice will be provided; this workshop is informational in nature.
Primarily intended for grad students, staff, and interested others.

Mon, 10/31/2011 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: 314 Walter Library

Register:
http://z.umn.edu/caniuseg


Can I Use That?: Dealing with Copyright in Everyday Life (Faculty, Other Scholarly Researchers)

Quotation, criticism, review, collage, parody - Copyright presents some big challenges in all of those situations! Participants in this workshop will develop an understanding of the complexities of copyright by exploring examples from visual arts, music, and video, as well as academic research and writing. Expect to think hard, discuss a little, and have fun! No direct legal advice will be provided; this workshop is informational in nature.
Primarily intended for faculty, researchers, and graduate students engaged in the scholarly writing & publishing process. Satisfies RCR continuing education awareness/discussion requirements.

Wed, 10/05/2011 - 10:30am - 12:30pm
Location: 314 Walter Library

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: Magrath Library Instruction Room (Room 81)

Register: http://z.umn.edu/caniusef


Copyright Essentials for Authors and Creators

How many copyrights do you own? How long will they last? Can you post your paper online? Can someone else quote from your paper in their own? This workshop will provide a solid grounding in some of the elements of copyright law that are essential to scholarship, teaching, and research. Learn more about protections in the law for educators, and about your rights as an author or creator. Discuss and debate with your peers about some of the burning questions in the field, and enjoy exploring some entertaining and thought-provoking examples. No direct legal advice will be provided; this workshop is informational and educational in nature.
Primarily intended for faculty, researchers, and graduate students engaged in the scholarly writing & publishing process. Satisfies RCR continuing education awareness/discussion requirements.

Tue, 10/18/2011 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: S30A Wilson Library

Wed, 11/16/2011 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: 314 Walter Library

Register: http://z.umn.edu/copyrightforauthors


Copyright in the Classroom (and Online)

Can you show a movie in class? Can you distribute copies of a newspaper article? What are you allowed to post on your Moodle site, anyway? What about your students' work, or their online postings? This workshop focuses on copyright issues in the classroom, and in teaching online. Learn how the library can help you with electronic reserves and links to subscription materials. No direct legal advice will be provided; this workshop is informational in nature.
Primarily intended for individuals currently teaching at the University.
RCR continuing education credits applied for, pending approval.

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: S30A Wilson Library

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Location: Magrath Library Instruction Room (Room 81)

Register: http://z.umn.edu/copyrightinclassroom
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JSTOR opens access to some collections; notes this is(n't) in response to Swartz case

JSTOR announced yesterday that they are opening access to a portion of their older holdings, free for use by the entire world. They noted this was part of a larger effort to make their resources more available to researchers unaffiliated with institutions that have JSTOR access.

They also noted that this was (or wasn't?) in response to the highly publicized downloading by activist Aaron Swartz that led to his arrest & arraignment on computer & wire fraud charges earlier this summer. In a public letter, the JSTOR Managing Director, Laura Brown, stated that they had plans to release this content prior to the Swartz case, but that "it would be inaccurate to say that these events have had no impact on our planning." She is not particularly clear what impact the Swartz case actually did have on their planning, noting that they "considered whether to delay or accelerate this action, largely out of concern that people might draw incorrect conclusions about our motivations." I'm not sure what incorrect conclusions people might draw, or how the timing of the release would affect the correctness of those conclusions, but I'm always happy to hear of more resources being available to more people!
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I'm Nancy Sims, the Copyright Program Librarian at the University of Minnesota Libraries.

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