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Scholarly Communications, Academia, Libraries: Suggested Summer Reading for Faculty

Here’s a letter I wrote, but won’t get to send! So I blogged about it instead.

Dear Faculty,

Here’s a brief list of required summer reading.

There are only three five items on the list. Please take a look at

these materials before Monday, August 18, 2008.

Have a nice vacation.


Sincerely, Your Academic Librarians

  • Visit – and bookmark – the SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) page on the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) website. Following is an excerpt from their About page: “SPARC is an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to correct imbalances in the scholarly publishing system. Developed by the Association of Research Libraries… SPARCs’ pragmatic focus is to stimulate the emergence of new scholarly communication models that expand the dissemination of scholarly research and reduce financial pressures on libraries. ” SPARC has a valuable page for faculty on their website called Resources for Authors.
  • JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee – UK) issued a white paper about scholarly publishing in March 2008. While it is targeted towards the concerns of scholarly or academic authors in the UK, this document is valuable to anyone needing basic information on authors’ rights, fair use and dissemination of open access publications anywhere in the world. The report is titled “Key Concerns Within The Scholarly Communication Process” (link to pdf format – 68 pages in length). Following are several excerpts from the text of this free open-access report:

Researchers remain rather confused about copyright. They are very aware of it but are not fully informed about operational details or implications…. They are not clear about how to manage their own rights in their work nor about how to present their outputs in forms that can easily be re-used… They are interested in the notion of retaining the rights in their own work but are not sure how to go about this… Copyright issues are causing problems for scholarship: they can prevent re-use of material for research and teaching purposes… Copyright status of Web content is frequently not clear, especially when it is collaboratively-produced… Digital Rights Management (DRM) can complicate the situation…

  • Final summer reading suggestion? Stick a toe into the Web 2.0 ocean. Start using Wikipedia…. sign up for a free account for getting your own web-based feed reader to keep up with tools of current awareness (blogs, press releases, headlines). Bloglines or Google Reader are two examples of feed-readers. Here’s an example: PubMedCentral RSS Feed. Sign up to get daily news or press releases from Eurekalert, an online science news/headlines site from AAAS which is updated daily (Monday through Friday).  Oh, yeah.. please keep reading my blog!

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