Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Copyright guide for faculty and students

Copyright at UNCG (http://copyright.uncg.edu/) is tailored primarily for faculty members engaged in classroom teaching and research but also provides resources for university students and staff.

sections on copyright basics, classroom use of copyright-protected material
a step-by-step “fair use” checklist designed to help instructors with classroom content
issues related to scholarly publication
open accesscopyright and plagiarism topics for students

The material is based on questions that frequently come up in a university setting, so there is an emphasis on audiovisual materials, public performance issues, and scholarly communications.

The site does not purport to give specific legal advice but to serve as a resource to help members of the university community make informed choices about intellectual property issues.

Hosted by the Office of the Provost, Copyright at UNCG was developed by an interdepartmental team chaired by David Gwynn, Digital Projects Coordinator for the University Libraries. Team members included Coventry Kessler (Division of Continual Learning), Rosann Bazirjian (University Libraries), Beth Bernhardt (University Libraries), Joel Dunn (Information Technology Services), Lisa Goble (Office of Innovation Commercialization), Michael Jung (Office of the General Counsel), and Michelle Soler (Faculty Teaching and Learning Commons). Significant assistance was provided by Tim Bucknall, Richard Cox, Beth Filar Williams, Christine Fischer, and Mary Krautter in the University Libraries, and also by Bo Bodenhamer in the Office of the Provost.

For additional information, please contact David Gwynn at 336.256.2606 or jdgwynn@uncg.edu.

"Incentives offered by top journals distort science"

This statement from a Nobel prize winner was so juicy, I couldn't resist linking: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/09/how-journals-nature-science-cell-damage-science

I've heard similar points made by science faculty here during literature searching workshops, as the faculty help orient students to the realities of publication bias.

Undergraduate (Library) Research Award

The University  Libraries want to recognize your students' library research skills!

We are soliciting submissions for our Undergraduate Research Award.  This $500 prize is given in recognition of an outstanding undergraduate research project that best demonstrates the ability to locate, select, and synthesize information from scholarly resources and uses those resources in the creation of an original research project in any media.  Any paper or project completed by an undergraduate in the Spring, Summer, or Fall semesters of 2013 is eligible. Applicants must be enrolled at UNCG in the Spring 2014 semester.  It is open to all undergraduate students. 

 If your students have turned in excellent research assignments, we urge you to nominate them for this award.  

Applications are due on March 21, 2014 and full details are available at:


Campus book delivery suspended over the holidays!

News from the libraries' Assistant Dean for Public Services:

The faculty/staff Campus Book Delivery will be suspended December 12, 2013 - January 12, 2014.  Requests placed between these dates will be checked out to your account and held in the Library to be delivered beginning January 13, 2014 or you may pick them up at the Check Out Desk of the library from which they were requested (Jackson or Schiffman).  Please check the hours page for holiday closings.