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Happy Early Fair Use Week!

Fair Use Week starts early at UT Austin. Join us this afternoon for a discussion about fair use in the classroom. We’ll frame the discussion around classroom activities, but the principles are applicable to any fair use evaluation. We’ll also touch on other areas of copyright law that are relevant to instructors. Hope to see you there!

What: Fair Use for Instructors
When: Tuesday, Feb. 20th at 2:00pm
Where: PCL Learning Lab 2
Who: open to anyone!

Images of Research competition

Are you an undergraduate doing research at UT Austin. If so, you should consider submitting an image that captures the process, outcome, or impact of your research. If your image wins, you will receive $100!

Details about the contest are available on the event page. The deadline for submission is March 23, 2018.

If you work with undergraduates doing research, you can help spread the word with this flyer.

Open access & creativity event

Open access gets discussed a lot as a potential solution to access issues for scholarly research articles. Copyright and open access are not discussed as frequently for creative scholarship. The UT Libraries will be hosting a panel event and hands-on workshop that aims to tackle that very issue. Please come join us!

Title: Can I Use That?: Remix and Creativity
Date: Tuesday, March 20th, 4-6PM
Where: PCL Learning Lab 1
Description: Why is it important to know the rules of copyright when using images, altering literary text, or photographing art pieces? What can be used and reused? Join us for a lively panel discussion about the creative reuse of artistic and scholarly content. Learn about the fascinating (and sometimes troubling) history of copyright and how it affects artists, writers, and scholars today. We’ll also discuss alternatives, like Creative Commons licensing and the Open Access movement and how they can be used in creative work. After the panel, you can bind your own book using Cita Press’ open access content!

Sci-Hub and LibGen in Perspective

Please join us on Wednesday, Feb. 21st at noon in PCL Learning Lab 4 to hear UT Austin iSchool graduate student, Stephen McLaughlin, speak about Sci-Hub and LibGen. There will be plenty of time for discussion, so bring your questions.

Sci-Hub and LibGen in Perspective
Over the past decade, websites offering free, unauthorized copies of books and academic articles have grown rapidly. How are they maintained and used, and what might they mean for the future of scholarly publishing?

Event Flyer

Images of Research competition

UT Libraries will be hosting an Images of Research competition this semester. The competition is designed to celebrate the research contributions of UT undergraduates. Students may submit images that visualize the research they are engaged in here at UT. Details about the competition, including prizes, timelines, eligibility and submission instructions are available here.

Digital scholarship office hours spring semester

We are offering digital scholarship office hours again this semester. Gilbert Borrego, Allyssa Guzman, Jessica Trelogan and Colleen Lyon will be available to answer any questions you may have about digital scholarship, Texas Data Repository, Texas ScholarWorks, research data services, or scholarly publishing.

Here are the dates –all sessions are in PCL 1.124 (one floor below the entrance level of PCL)

  • Wednesday, Jan. 24th, 10:00-12:00
  • Wednesday, Feb. 28th, 10:00-12:00
  • Wednesday, Mar. 28th, 10:00-12:00
  • Wednesday, Apr. 25th, 10:00-12:00

The office hours are open to anyone at UT Austin – we’re thinking of it as an alternative to booking a consultation. No appointment is needed, you can just stop in during the two hour time frame and chat with us. As a bonus, we’ll have sweet treats or snacks for anyone who stops by.

We are of course still available for consultation at any time via email, phone, or in-person. You can continue to ask questions that way if you prefer.

 

arXiv celebrates 1 billion downloads

arXiv has announced they achieved a huge milestone in 2017 – their one billionth download! arXiv is a fantastic example of a successful pre-print repository.

They have information about reaching that download milestone and other updates for 2018 in their January update.

It’s important to remember that much of the work with repositories like this can be invisible to users. Running a successful repository takes a lot of planning, active management, and outreach. Hats off to everyone who supports arXiv!

Evaluating Journal Quality

With the proliferation of new journals enabled by online publishing, it can be difficult for researchers to know if a particular journal is worth publishing in. Here are two resources that could help librarians and researchers when looking into an unfamiliar journal.

The first is the Quality Open Access Market (QOAM). The QOAM enlists the help of academics to evaluate a journal’s online presence and the experience of publishing with a particular journal. The journal’s website is evaluated for editorial information, peer review, governance, and workflow. This evaluation results in a Base Score Card. Authors can share their experience publishing with that particular journal, which results in a Valuation Score Card. The journal score cards are combined to give users an indication of whether this is a strong journal, weaker journal, opportunity to the publisher to improve, or a threat to the author. The QOAM measures the quality of service of the journal, not the quality of the research being published.

The other journal evaluation tool is the Journal Publishing Practices and Standards (JPPS) framework. This project was started to help journals from the global south improve their international reputation. The criteria used to assess the journal include: publication of original research, functional editorial board, verified involvement from editorial & advisory boards, accuracy of the description of the peer review and quality control processes, availability of author and reviewer guidelines, and display of editorial and publishing policies. Assessed journal are assigned to one of six levels: inactive titles, new title, no stars, one star, two stars, three stars.

These tools are not white lists or black lists. They are designed to provide some information about the transparency and quality of the publication services of a given journal. They should be used in conjunction with disciplinary knowledge, consultation with colleagues, and the author’s own professional judgment.

OA Week 2017 Summary

Thank you to everyone who helped with Open Access Week 2017 activities! I wanted to share with you a summary of our celebration this year.

In person activities:

Sign up for an ORCID ID
Tuesday, Oct. 24th, from 1-3 in the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) Building
18 students, faculty, and staff engaged with us about ORCID

Open Access Trivia Game
Wednesday, Oct. 25th, from 12-2 in the lobby of the Perry Castañeda Library (PCL)
We gave away 68 prizes, which means we talked to at least that many people. The majority of them were students, but we also talked to some faculty, staff, and visitors.

Data & Donuts: Archiving & Publishing Research Data with Texas Data Repository
Friday, Oct. 27th, from 3-4 in PCL Learning Lab 1
8 students, staff and faculty attended. Most of the attendees stayed late to continue asking questions and one person has already followed up with the presenter.

Posters in branch libraries
The posters & whiteboards we put up in branch libraries didn’t generate a lot of interaction in the form of people sharing their thoughts. I heard from folks at the branch libraries that they did notice students reading the informational poster – so hopefully we were able to get the message out.

Online activities:

TexLibris blog: https://blogs.lib.utexas.edu/texlibris/
We had four guest blog posts on TexLibris, the Libraries’ main blog, this month.

Those posts, and the one I wrote, have collected 164 page views so far this month.

Open Access at UT blog: https://blogs.lib.utexas.edu/oaw/
Our posts for OA Week on the Libraries’ Open Access blog collected 65 page views last week

Research Data Services blog: https://blogs.lib.utexas.edu/dmatut/
The Research Data Services blog collected 45 page views last week

Twitter: https://twitter.com/utdigitalrepo
Our OA Week tweets earned 3700 impressions (number of times people saw the tweet) and 43 engagements (clicking on, retweeting, following, etc) last week.

If you would like to access any of the materials we used for OA Week, they are available in Texas ScholarWorks: http://doi.org/10.15781/T2SF2MT71