Author Archives: Carrie Russell

Universal Access to Information Day!

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I discovered this morning that today is the “International Day for Universal Access to Information” (IDUAI). Who knew? Being the OITP Director for the Program for Public Access to information, you think someone would have given me a heads up. And because it’s the first IDUAI day, it wasn’t on my calendar like “Talk like a Pirate Day” (which is ... Read More »

Bookshare: 10 million accessible book downloads

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Hats off to Bookshare — a global literacy initiative aimed at providing accessible books free for people unable to read standard print — as they reach a record 10 million ebook downloads by print-disabled readers. Because 90% of books published in the United States are unavailable in accessible formats, people who are dyslexic, blind or have low vision have extremely ... Read More »

Copyright Clearance Center charges a mark-up

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It all started when I polled some librarians about recent permission fees paid for journal articles, just to have more background on current state of interlibrary loan. If permission fees were unreasonably high, it might be a data point to share if the House Judiciary Committee on the Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet considers the U.S. Copyright Office’s senseless ... Read More »

CopyTalk SSRN: Another enclosure of the commons?

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What happens when Elsevier – one of the most profitable publishers of scholarly journals and research materials – buys an open access working paper platform like the Social Science Resource Network (SSRN)? Michael Wolfe from Authors Alliance will explore this topic at our next CopyTalk on October 6th, 2016. After being acquired by Elsevier, SSRN has made headlines following the discovery ... Read More »

“Finding the Public Domain” webinar now available

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An archived copy of the CopyTalk webinar “Finding the Public Domain” originally webcast on September 1, 2016 is now available. Melissa Levine, Lead Copyright Officer and PI, University of Michigan Library and Kristina Eden, Copyright Review Project Manager, HathiTrust, describe the Copyright Review Management System (CRMS). The CRMS was this year’s awardee of the L. Ray Patterson copyright award. HathiTrust ... Read More »