February 21, 2009

Library Budgets: ACRL news

The Global Economic Crisis and Its Effect on Publishing and Library Subscriptions: ARL Issues Statement to Scholarly Publishers and Vendors


For immediate release: February 19, 2009

For more information, contact:
Karla Hahn
Association of Research Libraries
The Global Economic Crisis and Its Effect on Publishing and Library Subscriptions
ARL Issues Statement to Scholarly Publishers and Vendors

Washington DC—The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has released a statement on the current global economic crisis and its effect on publishing and library subscriptions. The ARL statement, which is aimed at scholarly publishers and vendors, reinforces some of the key points in a recent statement by the International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC) and offers additional observations and recommendations from the perspectives of ARL member libraries.

Large libraries are far from exempt from the consequences of the current global economic crisis. Downturns in state support for public institutions along with substantial losses in endowment funds mean that many ARL member libraries are facing substantial reductions in both operating and materials budgets. In addition to cuts already made, there is strong evidence that most ARL member libraries are preparing for further budget reductions in the 2009–2010 fiscal year.

February 16, 2009

TODAY: Who Owns Your Scholarship?

TODAY: Who Owns Your Scholarship? Copyright, Publication Agreements, and Good Policy
A Workshop for Authors and Creators of Academic Works

Presented by Kenneth Crews, Director of the Copyright Advisory Office, Columbia University
Monday, February 16, 2009
2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Great Hall, Coffman Memorial Union

Free to University of Minnesota community. This event has been designated by the Office of the Vice President for Research to satisfy the Awareness/Discussion component of the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) continuing education requirement.

Who owns the article or book you just published?

Who owns your course syllabus and lecture notes?

Who controls publishing in your discipline?

How can you fairly use the work of others in your scholarship?

How does the new University Copyright Policy affect you?

Attend this short workshop to discuss these questions with your colleagues and learn how to manage your copyrights while increasing the impact of your work by providing the greatest possible visibility and access.

Register in person or limited space is also available to participate online. For online participation, please review the UMConnect instructions in advance at: and then login to the live presentation on February 16 at:

February 13, 2008

Authors' Rights: Do you know yours?

Learn about Authors' Rights, a six-minute presentation by the University Libraries for scholars in the University community.

Read about the Libraries' efforts to help keep faculty informed about ways to retain your rights in the recent Daily article. and also note this article in the Chronicle:

The Chronicle of Higher Education
February 12, 2008
Harvard Faculty Adopts Open-Access Requirement

Why look into this?

Authors Rights and Scholarly Publishing

The cost of acquiring scholarly publications have risen dramatically in the last decade and the the Libraries' are actively working to educate scholars on how authors may retain the rights to their writings after they are published. At its May 3 meeting, the University Senate unanimously endorsed a new CIC Author's Addendum and its accompanying statement on publishing agreements. By signing the addendum and submitting it with the publisher's standard agreement, U of MN authors can retain their rights: * to use their own articles in their teaching and other professional activities * to post their articles on their own web sites or on sites maintained by the U of MN / scholarly societies / funding agencies (6 months after the date of publication) * to grant the U of MN the right to distribute their articles for teaching and research purposes For more information on what you can do to secure your rights as an author, check the Author’s Rights page at

For more information on alternative publishing models, what others in the academic community are doing, publisher’s policies, and copyright issues see the new Transforming Scholarly Communication website at .

We would like to hear what you think about these issues! Please contact your librarian or post your thoughts to our blog at .

August 29, 2007

Course Reserves for Fall 2007

COURSE RESERVES FOR FALL 2007: University Libraries offer course reserve services to help instructors provide course materials, publications, and other information resources to their students. Print and Web-based services are available. Students can access electronic content from within the Libraries or remotely. See Reserves for more information about placing materials on course reserve for fall semester, or contact Jerrie Bayer at or 612-624-8530.