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Scholarly Communication Working Group Sprint to Develop Author Rights Resources

Outreach to promote effective author rights management was identified as a high priority project for members of the Scholarly Communication Working Group (SCWG), and the Library Directors Leadership Team also raised this as an important issue in their introductory meetings with Director of Copyright Services Amy Dygert and Scholarly Communication Librarian Gail Steinhart. The SCWG […]

AV Streaming Group Recommendations

  As some may recall, an AV Streaming Policy Group was formed in Fall of 2014 to coordinate the development of streaming workflows and policies utilizing the existing Cornell services, including eCommons, MediaSpace, and Blackboard. I’d like to extend warm thanks to those involved in the group- Danielle Mericle (Chair, formerly DSPS), Peter Hirtle (formerly […]

Invitation to Apply for Digital Scholarship Fellowships

We are pleased to invite applications for the Digital Scholarship Fellowship position. Hosted by the DSPS unit since 2012, the fellowship program aims to provide opportunities for CUL staff to expand their skills and experiences in developing, delivering, and assessing digital scholarship services. It supports the CUL objectives of “empowering staff to explore gaps in their […]

GSU Ereserves and Cornell

As most everyone knows by now, the decision in the appeal of the Georgia State ereserves case is out. The district court opinion found that Georgia State’s program was a fair use and ordered the plaintiffs (Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, and Sage Publishing, acting as “beards” for the Copyright Clearance Center and the Association […]

RepoExec, or The CUL Repository Executive Group

The Cornell University Library’s Repository Executive Group, colloquially known as RepoExec, has been meeting since the beginning of the year to explore and address the issues surrounding digital repositories at CUL. A digital repository is a system for managing and storing digital items, potentially including a wide range of content (visual images, digital images, research […]

Why I joined the Authors Alliance

(by Peter Hirtle) Of all the absurdities associated with the Authors Guild suit against Google over the Google Books Project, perhaps the greatest was the Guild’s efforts to make it a class action, with the 8,000 members of the Guild speaking for all authors everywhere in the world.  Most academic authors realize that providing a […]

MOOCs, Copyright, and the Library

(by Peter Hirtle) As MOOCs (Massively Open Online Courses) have become of interest to higher education, so too have they drawn the attention of libraries.  Now that Cornell has joined the EdX partnership, MOOCs are of particular interest to CUL.  The article “Massive Open Opportunity: Supporting MOOCs in Public and Academic Libraries” is a good […]

Recast Copyright For The Digital Age

(by Peter Hirtle) One of the more interesting experiments in citizen democracy is the White House petition.  Anyone can propose a petition; if it gets enough signatures (currently 100,000), the White House has to respond.  My favorite so far has been the petition proposing that the government build a Death Star. The official White House […]

Library-friendly decision in the Wiley v. Kirtsaeng case

(by Peter Hirtle) Many of you will have seen the article in the Cornell Daily Sun last November on the Wiley v. Kirtsaeng case.  While a Cornell student, Supap Kirtsaeng bought legal copies of textbooks in Thailand and then sold them in the United States. The appeals court in New York found him guilty of […]

Blackboard’s xpLor – beta pilot of Learning Object Repository

During the Fall 2012 semester, I joined some colleagues from Academic Technology Services (ATS) to participate in a Beta pilot program for Blackboard’s new product called xpLor.  xpLor is a cloud-based Learning Object Repository (LOR).  “Learning objects” can be files (documents, PDFs, media clips), quizzes, assignments, discussions, rubrics, and learning modules. The goal of a […]

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