Creative Commons

The following link is to a very nicely done explanation of Creative Commons licensing. What is that? This is an important tool for higher education because it allows academics and others to control the copyright of their own works. Most importantly, it can allow the author/creator of a work to specifically allow certain kinds of use without the need to obtain permission. ELI7023.pdf (application/pdf Object)

While you’re at the site, check out some of the other “Seven Things You Should Know About”. This is a great series from EDUCAUSE to help you keep up with the latest technology.

Speaking of keeping up with the latest, I found this link on Steven Bell’s The Kept-Up Academic Librarian. I highly recommend it!


Magic Fulltext Access Cookie

In an oped piece for Inside Higher Ed, Alex Golub laments that he has lost access to full-text resources through his alma mater, the University of Chicago. He discusses how he used to view this access as a privilege that he enjoyed for having attended this elite school, especially given his current underprivileged position at a state university. I have encountered this situation before, so I thought it would be worthwhile to point out this article on my blog. Just as University of Chicago discovered, it is not usually legal for libraries at IHEs to provide their graduates with access to licensed content. I suppose this could possibly be negotiated in the licensing agreements with vendors, but would certainly increase the cost. Just one more reason why Alex and all the other academics out there should jump on the bandwagon and publish their research in open access journals! Here’s a link to the Directory of Open Access Journals listings for Anthropology.

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My alma mater had finally gotten its act together, realized that I was no longer a graduate student there, and withheld from my Web browser its Magic Fulltext Access Cookie.