Thursday, June 23, 2011

Civil War Diaries Transcription Project

There is an interesting project underway by the University of Iowa.  The Civil War Diaries Transcription Project is a collaborative project to transcribe the 3011 diary pages in their Civil War Diaries collection.  By making it a collaborative project, anyone can select a page to transcribe.  As stated on their main page: "libraries are now able to use the knowledge and interest of the general public to meet goals that they would never have the time, financial, and staff resources to achieve on their own."  This is just one of many projects mentioned in Digital Humanities Now a publication of the Center for History and New Media.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Interlibrary Loan Privileges and Fair Use Under Attack

In another development related to the Georgia State copyright case, "yesterday the publishing community opened a second front in their attack on education by issuing a statement of principles designed to hobble inter-library loan."  This is from Kevin Smith's blog, Scholarly Communication @Duke, and he goes into more detail in the article.  Kevin's expertise is in copyright law and we're following his blog closely in order to stay abreast of developments that threaten our current practices with interlibrary loan and fair use of copyrighted materials for classes.  The statement of principles is made by the International Association of Scientific, Technical, and Medical Publishers.  If you publish in an STM journal or are a member of a STM society, you may want to look at what your organization is promoting.  You can see their list of members --  http://www.stm-assoc.org/our-members/.  If you are a member of one of these organizations, you should be aware that they are supporting the proposals that would seriously erode existing interlibrary lending practices.  If you are interested in protecting your rights, you should contact your association and let them know.