Green OA and self-archiving: Using your Author’s Approved Manuscript (AAM) to increase the impact of your research

Reading Time: 2 minutes Authors, who take extra steps after publication by sharing and advertising their work, can help to increase the impact of their publications.  One method of increasing a journal article’s audience is to make use of the publisher’s author rights or author posting policies by contributing an Author’s Approved Manuscript (AAM) to an institutional repository.

Annual Vote for Public Domain Digitization: Tell us what to digitize for our 2023 celebration of the public domain

Reading Time: < 1 minute Every year in January, a new group of material will have their copyrights expire and become part of the public domain, where creative work is free to use by anyone for any purpose. We have poured over the list of items in our collection that will have their copyright expire in 2023, finding the rarest titles we have that fit into our Digital Collections. We need your help to decide which 23 items we should digitize.

Fair Use Week 2022

Reading Time: 2 minutes Fair Use/Fair Dealing week is an international celebration of exceptions in copyright laws that allow for certain uses of copyrighted material in order to encourage new art and creativity.  Fair use week runs from February 21–25, 2022 and was originally supported by the Association of Research Libraries.

Digitization and Strange Stipulations in Donation Agreements

Reading Time: 3 minutes A donation agreement can smooth the way for future digitization of a collection or hinder future uses of collection material. With all of the variables possible in donation agreements, it shouldn’t be surprising that some donor stipulations on older collections can take an archive or special collections by surprise.

Linked-In Learning

Reading Time: < 1 minute Have a new class or assignment that requires a software you have never used before?  Do you want to improve your skills in research, communication, and design?  Linked-in Learning is an excellent place to augment the skills you have begun to develop in your courses or career.

Open Access Week 2021

Reading Time: 2 minutes This year Open Access Week is from Oct. 25-31, 2021.  The theme is “It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity.” SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, organizes Open Access Week each year.  It started as Open Access Day in 2007 and has …Continue Reading

Meet the Authors and their Purr-sistent Assistants

Reading Time: 5 minutes Just like many of our readers, the contributing authors of Digital Dialogs have been working remotely for the last few months from our homes. Like many, this transition presented a few challenges. Some challenges were to be expected—like internet connectivity issues, computer …Continue Reading

Help Us Celebrate the Public Domain in 2021

Reading Time: < 1 minute Every year in January, since 2019, a new group of material will have their copyright protection expire and will become part of the public domain. We need your help in deciding what 21 items USF Libraries will digitize to celebrate the public domain in 2021.  Tell us which ones you want scanned! 

USF Libraries Celebrate Fair Use Week

Reading Time: 2 minutes Every day, students, creators, teachers, and consumers benefit from copyrighted material because of the fair use exception in the United States copyright law.  Fair Use Week, February 24 through February 28, celebrates the creative potential and achievements made possible by this powerful exception to copyright law

3D scans and copyright

Reading Time: 2 minutes Copyright law originated with the printed word and many feel that it most easily and accurately applies when dealing with written works.  The digital world has opened new avenues to creators, however, and the concept of copying is expanding from just paper …Continue Reading

Digital Citizenship

Reading Time: 2 minutes What does it mean to be a good digital citizen? Fundamentally, being a good digital citizen reminds us that our digital footprint, or the sum total of information we post and share on the internet, can follow us throughout our lifetime. Photos …Continue Reading

Free to use media for your projects

Reading Time: 2 minutes Imagine you are putting together the slides for a presentation.  Knowing that it is much better to use the slides as dynamic visual aids and not load them with text, you are looking for a picture to help get your point across.  …Continue Reading

Digital Collections Rights Statements

Reading Time: 2 minutes Our online world has made finding information and media easier than ever, but knowing what can be done with that material, legally, isn’t always clear.  U.S. Copyright law and international trade agreements mean that most of the material you may find online …Continue Reading

Celebrating Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week 2019

Reading Time: < 1 minute Fair Use week, from February 25 to March 1 in 2019, is a community celebration of fair use coordinated by the Association of Research Libraries.  Each day teachers, students, researchers and consumers benefit from copyrighted information because of the fair use exception …Continue Reading

Help Us Celebrate the Public Domain

Reading Time: < 1 minute Digital Scholarship Services at the USF Libraries is planning a celebration of the public domain in January 2019.  We have compiled a list of items in our collections and now we need your help in picking out what we are going to …Continue Reading

Openly Accessible v. Open Access v. Free to Use

Reading Time: < 1 minute Many of the materials released to or shared on the internet today are openly accessible due to the very nature of the internet itself.  This does not mean that they are free from copyright protection or released with any open use provisions.  …Continue Reading

Introduction to Copyright Tutorial Video

Reading Time: < 1 minute Are you starting on a research project where you know you are going to include some material created by someone else?  Or including copyright content in your thesis or dissertation? The library has a new tutorial video that gives an introduction to …Continue Reading