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ACRL Scholarly Communications Discussion Group

ACRL Scholarly Communications Discussion Group
ALA Midwinter Dallas
Date: Sunday, January 22, 2012 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Sheraton Dallas Hotel Majestic 05
Co-sponsored by the ACRL Ethics Committee
"Getting the Rights Right: Librarians ethically advocating for rights in scholarly communication"
The ACRL Scholarly Communication Discussion Group will provide a forum for a discussion of the role of librarians in advocating for rights in scholarly communication, including ethical issues which may be raised as librarians balance the rights of authors, publishers and the public.  David Prosser, Executive Director, Research Libraries UK, and Lisa Macklin, Director, Intellectual Property Rights Office of the Emory University Libraries will set the stage from the SPARC-ACRL Forum.  As the focus in open access is moving beyond access to re-use rights as a way to fully realize the potential of open access, librarians are being asked to engage faculty and graduate students on author rights, with publishers on rights for deposit of articles in repositories, with technologists and researchers on open data, and sometimes with the public on open access content.  How do we ethically engage in these issues, and are there conflicts of interest with which we should be concerned? 
Examples of topics to explore are:
What is the role of librarians in advocating for author rights?
How can we balance our desire for open access with the needs of researchers to access commercially published content?
What should libraries do if their parent institution (or campus faculty) have conflicting values related to open access?
How can we negotiate with publishers in an ethical way that ensures rights are protected on all sides?

This discussion group brings a local approach to the topic of the SPARC-ACRL Forum on Saturday, January 21, 2012 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at the Dallas Convention Center, room A201/202.  The SPARC-ACRL Forum will explore the potential for getting the rights right in using the digital environment to accelerate scholarship, which  depends not only on unfettered access to publications and data, but also – equally – on having the clearly stated rights to use and re-use the materials.