Is a detailed web site that examines new opportunities in scholarly communication, advocates changes that recognize the potential of the networked digital environment, and encourages active participation by scholars and researchers to guide change. Adapted from the US Create Change, the web site talks about how faster and wider sharing of research outputs fuels the advance of knowledge and offers practical ways faculty in Canada can look out for their own interests as researchers.
Traditional publishing agreements often require that authors grant exclusive rights to the publisher. The SPARC Canadian Author Addendum enables authors to secure a more balanced agreement by retaining select rights, such as the rights to reproduce, reuse, and publicly present the articles they publish for non-commercial purposes. It will help Canadian researchers to comply with granting council public access policies, such as the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Policy on Access to Research Outputs. The Canadian Addendum reflects Canadian copyright law and is an adaptation of the original U.S. version of the SPARC Author Addendum. The addendum is available in both French and English.
ACRL, ARL, and SPARC have released this new, short video to help librarians effectively engage disciplinary faculty and researchers on the topic of author rights. Starting a conversation with faculty researchers about securing their rights as authors is timelier than ever, given the new NIH Public Access Policy. The two-minute video presentation explains in simple, graphic terms the potential for wider exposure of scholarly articles when authors retain key rights.
Ernie Ingles, Vice Provost and Chief Librarian at University of Alberta, says that institutional repositoriy development “brings [libraries] right back into the mainstream of providing services to our faculty and graduate students.” During this period of tight budgets, libraries must decide whether supporting a digital repository is an “add on” or an “instead of” in their resource allocations. “In my opinion, institutional repositories are here to stay," says Ingles. If new funds cannot be found to support them, "they have to be considered an 'instead of' because…it’s all about [the library’s] relevancy.”