Carla Hayden: New Librarian Of Congress

We at Texas ScholarWorks wanted to congratulate Carla Hayden on her appointment as the new Librarian of Congress! She is not only the first women to hold the post, but the first African American. We wish her luck and we are confident that she will provide the knowledge and experience this position demands. Best wishes, Carla!

ACRL issues policy statement on OA

The Association of College and Research Libraries has issued a policy statement about open access to scholarship by academic librarians. The statement encourages academic librarians to publish in open access journals or to archive their final manuscript in an open access repository. This seems a long overdue statement as librarians have been advocated for open access for many years. Good to finally see this!

OpenCon scholarship

Are you interested in creating better access to research and educational materials? Do you want to help make that a reality on the UT Austin campus? If so, please consider applying for a travel scholarship to attend OpenCon 2016. OpenCon is an academic conference for students and early career researchers about open access, open education, and open data. It takes place November 12th – 14th, 2016 in Washington DC.

The chosen applicant will receive a $2000 scholarship to attend the conference. Conference planners have designed the conference so that $2000 will cover all expenses. This conference is an excellent opportunity to learn more about open access, open education, and open data, and to learn how to advocate for these issues. The program includes keynote talks, panel discussions, workshops, hackathons, and an opportunity to lobby at the US Congress. It truly is an international conference – last year’s conference included attendees from 5 continents!

The UT Austin applicant chosen to attend OpenCon 2016 will be expected to share what they’ve learned once they return to Austin. We are open to what that engagement may look like – for instance, the attendee may choose to host a presentation upon their return or they may decide to push for more open access in a particular area on campus. Library staff will be available to help coordinate events and meetings, but the attendee is expected to do most of the content planning. The attendee will also be expected to give reports on the conference to both Student Government and to Graduate Student Assembly.


UT Austin graduate student or postdoctoral researcher. Attendee agrees to engage in the open discussion on campus and to give updates to undergraduate and graduate student government upon their return.

To apply:

Please send a statement (no longer than 500 words) discussing how you might like to engage our campus in open agenda discussions. This statement is not binding but rather is an opportunity to brainstorm ideas that can be further defined and redefined later. Submit your statement and resume/CV to Colleen Lyon,, by Thursday, June 30th, 2016. Applicants will be notified with a decision by July 15th, 2016. If you have questions about the conference or about the application process, please contact Colleen Lyon, 512-495-4244, or

Google Books copyright case

The Google Books copyright case (Authors Guild vs Google) is finally over – more than 10 years after it started. The Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal from the authors which means the Second Circuit Court decision stands – that the Google Books digitization project was a fair use.

If you’d like to review the details of this case, here are a couple resources:,_Inc._v._Google,_Inc.

Evaluating publishers

I was asked to give a talk to the Mechanical Engineering department about ethical vs unethical publishing practices. One of the topics of that conversation was how to evaluate a journal you are unfamiliar with. There is a really great checklist that was developed by Nina Collins at Indiana Tech that I updated and shared with the attendees. If you are interested in evaluating a journal, here’s the link to the checklist:

Scholarly communication learning opportunities

Winter/spring semester 2016 is full of learning opportunities on a variety of scholarly communication topics.

Friday, February 12th, 12:30-1:30: Deceptive -vs- ethical publishing practices. PCL 1.124

Wednesday, February 17th, 1:00-2:00: Copyright and academic work. Learning Lab 2 (PCL 2.340).

Wednesday, March 2nd, 12:00-1:00: Statistics in Texas ScholarWorks. PCL 1.124

  • UT Libraries has added a statistics module onto Texas ScholarWorks. The module allows users to see the last six months of usage information and allows library staff and collection managers to run usage reports on collections and authors. This training session will demonstrate step-by-step instructions for using the new statistics module and provide examples of how these stats could be used with faculty, staff, and students.

Thursday, March 10th, 2:00-3:00: Creative Commons Licenses. Learning Lab 2, (PCL 2.340).

  • Did you know almost everything you create is copyrighted and can’t be used without your permission? Join Matt Russell, Learning Sciences, and Colleen Lyon, UT Libraries, as they discuss how you can use Creative Commons (CC) licenses to allow others to use your work while still getting the credit you deserve as the creator. They will also discuss strategies for finding CC licensed work for you to use in your own research and teaching.

Thursday, March 10th, 4:00-5:00: Open Education Week Panel. Learning Lab 1, (PCL 2.370)

  • In celebration of Open Education Week, hear about how UT professors are using open practices in their classes in order to engage students and increase accessibility and affordability of materials. Christian Hilchey and Mark Hopkins will explain the process of creating openly licensed online multimedia materials for their introductory Czech classes. James Henson will discuss his experience with teaching a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) about Texas politics and government.

Monday, March 21st, 12:00-1:00pm: Finding and Repurposing Data PCL 1.124

  • Dr. Daniel Taber, Asst. Professor at the UT School of Public Health, will discuss his experiences with finding and repurposing data.

Friday, April 8th, 4:00-5:00: Open Access Panel. PCL Learning Lab 1 (PCL 2.370) This event is canceled.

Friday, April 15th, 12:00-1:00: Publication agreements and author rights. PCL 1.124

  • Many authors are so excited to get published that they don’t read the publication agreement before signing. They may later find out they no longer own any rights to their own work. Other authors want to negotiate to retain some rights but are thwarted by online click-through licenses. Join the Scholarly Communication Group in a discussion about publication agreements, copyright, and author rights.

Friday, April 15th, 4:00-5:00: John Ioannidis and the communication of biomedical research. Avaya Auditorium, POB 2.302

  • In 2014, Stanford University established the Meta-Research Innovation Center,METRICS, that aims to transform research practices to improve the reproducibility, efficiency and quality of scientific investigations. John Ioannidis, co-Director of METRICS, will share about the communication of biomedical research.

Tuesday, May 10th, 3:00-4:00: Randy Bass. Avaya Auditorium, POB 2.302

  • Dr. Bass will talk about the importance of ‘openness’ in curricular innovation and new designs for learning.