What is "scholarly communication"? What role does it play at UMass?
"Scholarly Communication" is a term used to describe the ways that academics, researchers, scholars, and teachers share information, through publications and teaching.
At the University of Massachusetts, the W.E.B. Du Bois Library provides numerous services related to scholarly communication, including:
- providing access to your work through the institutional repository, ScholarWorks
- consultation on publication issues -- author's rights, fair use of included materials, licensing and assignment of your research and publication
- education about open access and scholarly communication
- development of open educational resources (OERs) and teaching materials
- development of conferences, journals, workshops, datasets, and other scholarly communication
- "About us" to learn more about the library departments and groups working on scholarly communication.
- "Scholarly Communication" (LibGuide) for more information about the concept of scholarly communication.
- Scholarly Communication at UMass to learn some of the ways that UMass engages in scholarly communication.
Contact us for more information:
News and Events:
- Nov. 14, 2013 - Authors Guild v. Google - Finally, a decision on the merits -- and a huge victory for fair use, and library and research uses of texts. Read more about the case, or read the fair use opinion (PDF).
- Georgia State University Copyright case, panel discussion after oral argument, Nov. 19, 2-3pm. Room 1620, Du Bois Library. Read more about the case.
- Copyright Reading Group, Dec. 4, 12-1pm, Room 1949, Du Bois Library.
- Copyright Education for Students - Jan. 15, 2014, 3-4pm. Du Bois Library, Room 2601. Boston Library Consortium webcast.
- "Owning the Genome : Myriad Genetics and Biomedical Patents" - Nov. 13, 2013, 7pm. The UMass Amherst Libraries and partners host “Owning the Genome: Myriad Genetics and Biomedical Patents,” with attorney Chris Hansen, on November 13, 2013, at 7:00 p.m., at the Campus Center Auditorium, at UMass Amherst.
In 2013, the Supreme Court held that genes found in nature cannot be patented; invalidating Myriad Genetics’ patents on the human breast cancer genes BRCA1 and BRCA2. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other nonprofits led the charge and noted litigator Chris Hansen took the case all the way to the Supreme Court. Questions remain, however. What will lower courts make of the Supreme Court’s distinction of “cDNA,” already receiving criticism from scientists? And how is Myriad Genetics continuing to defend its assertion of proprietary controls on the tests? Chris Hansen, retired attorney forACLU, will discuss the case, and a panel of scientists and technology transfer experts will respond.
- Open Access Week 2013 (Oct. 2013). Many exciting and thought-provoking events to celebrate and educate about open access. Plus, food! See the full schedule online.
- "Orphan Works" (Dec 2012). The US Copyright Office has posted a "notice of inquiry" on orphan works and mass digitization. The Scholarly Communication Office is drafting a comment explaining the interests and projects of the Five Colleges in using orphan works. Please contact Laura Quilter if you work, or would like to work, with orphan works, and would like to be represented in or informed about the Comment. Comments are due Feb. 6, 2012.
- Copyright News from 2012 (Dec 2012) - 2012 brought great news from the copyright front in several significant copyright cases. In November, the court finally issued its order dismissing the case in the AIME v. UCLA case. (The second amended complaint, in case you're counting.) In short, it was another big victory for libraries. The court affirmed all its earlier reasoning, and deepened its reasoning in a few key areas. Read more ....
- Kirtsaeng v. Wiley Update: Oral Arguments at the Supreme Court (Oct. 29, 2012).
- Open Access Week (Oct. 2012).
Last Edited: 3 December 2013