Sunday, March 23, 2008

Author's Rights video: 2 minutes explains it all!

The 2-minute Author's Rights Video by the Association of Research Libraries explains clearly and succinctly what scholars can do to make sure they retain the rights to use and share our work in the ways we would like to!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Archive of ARL-NASULGC Webcast on NIH Public Access Policy Now Online

[Forwarding from ARL. via the SPARC Open Access Forum]

For immediate release:

March 10, 2008

For more information, contact:

Karla Hahn

Association of Research Libraries

(202) 296-2296

Archive of ARL-NASULGC Webcast on NIH Public Access Policy Now Online

Washington DC - The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC) are making available an archived version of their March 7, 2008, webcast on "Institutional Compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy: Ensuring Deposit Rights."

The webcast explored options for institutional responses to the new Public Access Policy adopted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and focused particularly on the need for institutions to develop strategies for ensuring the retention of deposit rights by investigators. Effective April 7, 2008, the new policy requires investigators to deposit their articles stemming from NIH funding in PubMed Central. Institutions confront a key set of issues raised by the need to ensure that authors maintain the legal rights required to allow compliance with the new policy.


Vice presidents of research, administrators and staff in funded research and grants office, campus compliance officers, and others who will be responsible for fulfilling their organizations' compliance obligations as NIH grantees.


Jim Siedow

Vice Provost for Research

Duke University

Kevin L. Smith, JD

Scholarly Communications Officer

Duke University

Tony Waldrop

Vice Chancellor for Research & Economic Development

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The webcast archive is freely available from

ARL also maintains a guide for research institutions on the new NIH Public Access Policy

Sunday, March 02, 2008

March 2008 SPARC Open Access Newsletter

Peter Suber just released the March 2008 SPARC Open Access Newsletter. The highlight this month is the Open Access Mandate at Harvard.