Friday, June 20, 2008

Librarians Confer in a Midwinter Meeting of Some Discontents

Andrea Foster. The Chronicle of Higher Education. January 25, 2008.

In part of this article it discusses some of the challenges in building an institutional repository. An Ohio university has more than 21,000 articles, including conference papers, teaching materials, photographs, and multimedia works, in the archive.

"Faculty members will submit research papers to the repository often unaware that they have signed away the rights to their work to a journal publisher, Ms. Davis said. "They are stunned that they have not retained the copyrights," she said. "They're vehemently adamant" that they still have rights to the work."

Some people add other scholars' material to the repository, incorrectly assuming that this is allowed by fair use.