Category Librarianship

Kingston Public Library patron conduct code faces scrutiny

At its March 2016 meeting, the Kingston-Frontenac Library Board passed a revised Code of Conduct for library patrons in this Ontario community. Opposition to the new Code started to grow amid growing concern that the policy was particularly aimed at certain classes of library patrons: the homeless and the poor. The new Code included the […]

Upcoming presentations at OLA Superconference

I will presenting on two panels of at the Ontario Library Association Super Conference in Toronto later this week: Intellectual Property and MakerSpaces and 3D Printing (803D) Thursday January 29: 9 am –10:30am  MTCC 104A http://www.olasuperconference.ca/sessions/803d/ Speakers: Mallory Austin, Michael McNally, Samuel Trosow The session examines the issues raised by makerspaces in the context of […]

Copyright and Licensing Agreements: Are We Signing Away Our Rights?

Copyright and Licensing Agreements: Are We Signing Away Our Rights? This presentation will examine the relationship between copyright law and provisions in licensing agreements which are often in tension. Contractual provisions that seek to limit the ability of end-users (such as faculty and students) to fully utilize licensed materials are nothing new.  But in the […]

Response to the USask TransformUS strategic plan and fate of Prof. Robert Buckingham

Originally posted on PLG London:
In early May, the dean of Health Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) was fired for writing an open letter called “Silence of the Deans,” criticizing its new strategic plan, TransformUS. The university justified its actions, saying that Professor Buckingham had betrayed the trust of the university administration by…

CFP: Organize and Assemble IV: The Commodification of Information Goods and Library Services

The Edmonton Chapter of the Progressive Librarians Guild has issued a Call for Proposals for its fourth annual Organize and Assemble Symposium.  Submissions are due on July 4th;  this year the conference proceedings will be published in the Progressive Librarian. I’m honored to have been selected as the keynote speaker for this year. Here is […]

Google’s Fair-Use Claim Prevails in the Google Books Case

The US District Court (for the Southern District of NY) has issued a decision granting summary judgment to the defendant in Authors Guild v Google. Judge Denny Chin has written a very straightforward and easy to read opinion that basically goes through the four fair-use factors. Upholding Google’s fair claim, the court concludes that: Google […]

Open Access: Historical Highlights, Issues and Policies

 In recognition of International Open Access Week (October 21st-25th), the FIMS Graduate Resource Center and the Progressive Librarians Guild (London Ontario chapter) invite you to a panel discussion on current open access issues Thursday, October 24th, noon to 1:20pm 285 North Campus Building (University of Western Ontario). Print publishing relies on enclosure of information in […]

HBR “Notice of Use Restrictions” questioned

There have recently been a number of tweets in response to an article by Joshua Gans in the Contribution Economy blog about a very curious notice of usage restriction attached to Harvard Business Review articles accessed via EBSCO. The restriction reads: Harvard Business Review and Harvard Business Publishing Newsletter content on EBSCO host is licensed […]

AUCC’s nine-pack of Fair Dealing Guidelines

The full text of the 9 revised AUCC Fair Dealing Guidelines have now been posted online on the SCRIBD website (links at excesscopyright.blogspot.ca)  and at the University of Calgary library.  I’m curious as to why AUCC does not just post them on their own website.  Why is the task of disseminating these important documents to […]

Comparison of Fair Dealing and Fair Use in Education Post-Pentalogy

Lisa Di Valentino, a doctoral student in Library & Information Science at the University of Western Ontario has posted a new working paper on SSRN.  Entitled “Comparison of Fair Dealing and Fair Use in Education Post-Pentalogy”, the author discusses and compares the scope of Canadian fair dealing and American fair use.  In addition to providing […]