What is Scholarly Communication?
The Scholarly Communication system incorporates and expands on the more familiar concept of scholarly publishing, and includes both informal and formal networks used by scholars to develop ideas, exchange information, build and mine data, certify research, publish findings, disseminate results, and preserve outputs.
This vast and changing system is central to the academic enterprise, which makes it central to the work of academic librarians.
News & Ideas
Big win for fair use
This morning brought good news to Google, libraries, and all of us who rely on fair use: Google Books, and the scanning project to create it, is a fair use! U.S. District Judge Denny Chin issued a decision in the 8-year legal battle between the Authors Guild and Google, with Google being the decisive winner. Judge Chin specifically noted that the libraries who partnered with Google to have their holdings scanned for the Google Books corpus may also make use of those scans (the libraries got their own local copies of their scanned volumes, which is where the backbone of HathiTrust evolved). And because there was a decision rather than a settlement, it creates opportunities for others to make similar uses by looking to this ruling for guidance. Although the Authors Guild has expressed its intent to appeal (frustrating, but not surprising; it is also appealing last year’s summary judgement in its separate case against HathiTrust), this is yet another big win in the fair use column!
› For more news & ideas, see our blog, Evolutions in Scholarship.
Open Access Consulting
Molly Keener, Scholarly Communication Librarian, is available to consult with faculty individually or in groups on open access, copyright management and author rights retention, and compliance with funders’ public access requirements. Contact Molly at firstname.lastname@example.org or x5829 for support.
Open Access Fund
Reynolda Campus faculty who wish to publish in open access journals that charge article processing fees may apply to the Open Access Fund for assistance in covering publication costs.
WakeSpace Faculty Scholarship
Wake Forest’s institutional repository, WakeSpace, is a digital archive that houses collections of scholarship unique to the University and its scholars. Explore the growing number of WakeSpace Faculty Scholarship collections.
If you have any questions, please contact Molly Keener, Scholarly Communication Librarian, at (336) 758-5829.