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Updated Canadian Author Addendum and Author Rights Guide Available

CARL, the Canadian Association of Research Libraries recently released an updated version of the Canadian Author Addendum along with an Authors Guide that supports the use of the addendum. Author addenda help authors insert legal language into their publishing contracts that allow them to retain rights in their work. This may be particularly useful in cases where grants require authors to make their work open access.

For more information and links to the resources, refer to the CARL news release.

New Checklist on Deceptive Publishers from U of Toronto

Check out this new resource to help you identify ‘predatory’ or deceptive publishers

 

Celebrate Fair Dealing Week


Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week is an annual celebration of the doctrines of fair use and fair dealing — a perfect opportunity to reflect on what is quickly becoming a pivotal period in the history of copyright in Canada. York University has appealed the decision in its case with Access Copyright, the statutory review of the Copyright Act is still underway, and the USMCA free trade agreement promises to extend the term of copyright protection by twenty years. In this climate, building increased awareness about user rights such as fair dealing is more important than ever before.

This Fair Dealing Week, SFU, UBC, Langara, KPU, Douglas, VCC and JIBC invite you to an afternoon of presentations and discussion aimed at demonstrating the value of fair dealing in a modern Canadian context and highlighting the perspectives of diverse copyright stakeholders.

You are also invited to join us for a pub night hosted by the BCLA Academic Libraries Section, to unwind and play Copyright the Card Game.

Details and registration for both events are available here.

Under Creative Construction: A TLEF Supported Project

November 7th featured an event celebrating the launch of Under Creative Construction: A More Just World, an instructional video and the second Open Educational Resource (OER) created with the support of a Library Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (TLEF) grant. This grant has allowed the Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office to work closely with UBC faculty and partner in the creation of open educational resources.

The video explores the importance of creativity in social and environmental justice movements around the globe. Dr. Farah Shroff talks with prominent local activists Morgane Oger and Dale Edwards about the roles that creativity and art have played in their activism, and the potential they hold in supporting justice movements. The launch was attended by students and members of the community and was simultaneously made open, allowing the work to be shared with the public.

Zachary Foote, a Graduate Academic Assistant with the Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office, worked closely with Dr. Farah Shroff in making this project a reality. This has been a great opportunity for library and faculty to explore different kinds of open educational resources, and the creativity that can be brought to their creation. One of the most surprising results of this has been the abundance of media-based projects that faculty are developing for the classroom, along with open textbooks. The creation of the instructional video with Dr. Shroff shows the breadth of paths that OERs can take, and ways that the library can support those efforts.

Open Access Week: Paywall the Movie

A documentary released earlier this year and screened as a part of UBC’s Open Access Week, Paywall: The Business of Scholarship focuses on the need for open access to science and research. Produced and directed by Jason Schmitt, a professor at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York, this movie questions the $25.2 billion a year paid to academic publishers and the huge margin of profit gained by those businesses.

Although profitable to publishers, paywalls (restricted access to a site unless the user has paid for a description) reduce the access to scholarship. Smaller universities are often unable to afford access to the latest research and people unaffiliated with a university are unable to access it at all. Open Access is the movement responding to this by working to provide an alternative to the business of academic research. The movie describes the ins and outs of research publishing, discusses proprietary and open access, the impact of dominant publishers such as Elsevier, and how a lack of accessibility affects research.

In order to explore multiple aspects of the issue, the movie presents the information through interviews a wide range of people, including professors, CEOs, librarians, PHD students, and those involved in the publishing industry. .

This movie is a great way to get an introduction to scholarly publishing and Open Access. As in keeping with the subject the movie is free to access and download. To watch the movie either click on the video above or  follow the link here.

New UBC Funding to Support Scholarly Dissemination

With support from the Provost’s Office, UBC now offers $20,000 per year to support dissemination of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Any UBC Vancouver faculty member can apply for the award, which can be used for dissemination expenses such as:

  • APC’s (article processing charges) or other fees related to publishing one’s scholarly work as open access (up to $2,000)
  • Conference registration and travel costs (up to $1,000)

Funds are managed and adjudicated by the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) and the Institute for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISoTL).

For more information see: https://isotl.ctlt.ubc.ca/sotl-dissemination-fund/