Connecticut Introduces Library E-book Bill

“Connecticut has become the latest state to introduce a library e-book bill, introducing bill 131 in its February session.

The Connecticut bill is similar to efforts in other states now underway, in that it would require publishers who offer an e-book to consumers in the state to also offer to license the works to libraries on reasonable terms. One notable difference, however, is that the Connecticut bill offers a broad definition of what is meant by “reasonable” terms….”

Scholarly Communication Librarian | Yale University

“Yale University Library seeks a knowledgeable, service-oriented, collaborative, and creative individual to develop and further our scholarly communication initiatives. The Scholarly Communication Librarian will be responsible for developing and delivering an innovative and active program of education, training, advocacy, support, and information sharing regarding a wide range of issues that promote openness, effective sharing, and equitable access to scholarly knowledge and resources. Yale Library is committed to incorporating principles of openness and maintaining the integrity of the scholarly record throughout our Library services and across campus. The Scholarly Communication Librarian will collaborate with research support librarians on programs and initiatives focused on supporting faculty and graduate students to increase research impact for published works. The target audience for this program is Yale faculty, staff, and students. Persons who demonstrate a commitment to sustaining a culture that is respectful, accountable, and intentionally inclusive are welcome to apply.

The Scholarly Communication Librarian, based on a deep and evolving understanding of the challenges of traditional scholarly communication models and research impact, will effectively lead, articulate, and apply complex concepts related to new/emerging areas in scholarly communication. Working under the direction of the Copyright Librarian and Contracting Specialist, the Scholarly Communication Librarian will serve as an active advocate and resource for faculty and staff on a full range of issues that promote barrier-free availability of scholarly intellectual resources, including Open Access, Creative Commons licensing, collection development, e-reserves, and resource sharing of licensed content. Scholarly Communication Librarian will review agreements as part of the library’s license review team. The Scholarly Communication Librarian will coordinate and partner with the Collection Development Librarian, Electronic Resources & Serials Management staff, research support librarians, and other colleagues on collecting, acquiring, and providing access to collections.

The Scholarly Communication Librarian will promote and advance the library’s digital publishing platform, EliScholar, as a place to host scholarship produced by Yale scholars and departments. In addition, the Scholarly Communication Librarian will develop and cultivate initiatives involving authors’ rights, copyright, and fair use. They will develop and promulgate education and outreach materials, including web content, brochures/handouts, and resource materials for a range of constituencies, including research support librarians, library staff, faculty, and graduate students….”

Open Education – Office of Educational Technology

“We believe that educational opportunities should be available to all learners. Creating an open education ecosystem involves making learning materials, data, and educational opportunities available without restrictions imposed by copyright laws, access barriers, or exclusive proprietary systems that lack interoperability and limit the free exchange of information….

In the 2017 National Education Technology Plan, the Department defines openly licensed educational resources as teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under a license that permits their free use, reuse, modification, and sharing with others. Digital openly licensed resources can include complete online courses, modular digital textbooks as well as more granular resources such as images, videos, and assessment items….”

Connecticut One of 20 States Leading the Charge on Creating Open Education Resources That Stretch From K-12 to College | The 74

“As states across the country look for ways to provide more high-quality resources to classroom teachers, universities have been experimenting with materials that reduce the crushing cost of college textbooks.

In Connecticut, one state commission is looking to unite the two and share open educational resources at all levels, from local school districts through state universities and colleges….”

UConnPIRG works toward affordable textbooks and access codes — The Daily Campus

“Student activist group UConnPIRG will increase their efforts this semester in their “Action Plan for Affordable Textbooks” campaign, which advocates for affordable class materials like open educational resources, by engaging with professors and the greater University of Connecticut community.”