Author Archives: Carrie Russell

Next CopyTalk on rights statements

Cup of coffee with beans.

Avoid the heat and stay inside on August 4 for a free webinar on “Rightsstatements.org: Communicating Copyright Status through Metadata.” Rightsstatements.org is a collaborative project of DPLA and Europeana to create a standard way of communicating the copyright status of works in digital collections. The project is built on the idea that accurate and clear rights statements are needed to ... Read More »

There’s a reason why we complain

"Open" sign

The Social Science Research Network (SSRN) could be called the “academic version” of user-generated content on the web. Scholars and academics generate content in the form of scholarly papers and post them on the SSRN for all to see, read, and comment on.  Often, academics who post their forthcoming papers or “pre-prints” intend to eventually publish them in scholarly journals ... Read More »

More good news on the disability front

Braille reader

Yesterday, S. 3207, legislation introduced by Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), passed the Senate as an amendment to an unrelated bill (S. 2893). This evening, that bill — with Sen. Schumer’s language — passed the House, too! That’s great news because it authorizes the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) to extend its service by providing refreshable ... Read More »

Licensing isn’t working

The sinking of the RMS Lusitania

Starting in 2012, the British Library replaced its interlibrary loan service with a license document delivery agreement with the International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers (STM) and the Publishers Association.  Perhaps to improve turnaround time to provide better service, perhaps to save money by outsourcing, or perhaps because of fear of infringement, the British Library agreed to switch ... Read More »

Top secret, hush, hush

"Confidential" highlighted in yellow.

The American Library Association touts the importance of the free flow of information and access to information especially from the government and the public sector. A lack of government transparency only leads to speculation and a distrust of the government.  ALA has a Government Documents Round Table whose members focus on effective access to government information. The ALA Washington Office ... Read More »