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Librarians and library staff members can help faculty, students, and staff understand and deal with copyright, publishing, open access, and other related issues. Services include individual consultations, small-group workshops, and in-class presentations on a variety of topics.
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Assistance is available with modifying author agreements to retain copyright, publishing in the UC eScholarship repository, using copyrighted material in a publication or instruction, determining fair use or public domain status, creating an online journal, using a position on a journal's editorial board to influence the publisher's policies and pricing, and much more.
- Individual Consultations: When copyright presents a complication to your teaching, research, or scholarship, consult with a librarian to better understand the issues and available options and make an informed decision.
- Workshops and Symposia: The Library presents occasional events on scholarly communication topics; some are specifically focused on faculty, while others are designed for a broader audience. Librarians can also craft custom sessions for an academic department or research team.
- Class Presentations: Class presentations can engage undergraduate and graduate students on topics including basics of respecting the rights of copyright owners, employing the fair use exception to the greatest extent possible, finding freely available materials to use in their works, protecting their own copyright, and the intersection with academic integrity issues.
The Library helps graduate and undergraduate students learn about copyright and scholarly publishing and how they impact their studies, research, and teaching. The goal is to help students during their studies at UCLA as well as throughout their future careers.
- Individual Consultations: Librarians can offer education and explain available options on any copyright issues related to research and scholarship.
- Workshops and Symposia: The Library's research workshops includes sessions on these topics, and sessions can be arranged for teaching assistants, campus student groups, or reseach teams.
- Class Presentations (for graduate students who are teaching): Class presentations can engage students on topics including basics of respecting the rights of copyright owners, employing the fair use exception to the greatest extent possible, finding freely available materials to use in works, protecting your own copyright, and the intersection with academic integrity issues.
Librarians can provide training and assistance for campus staff who support faculty, departments, and programs. Frequent topics include copyright, scholarly publishing options including open access repositories, and compliance with open access requirements of grants and external funding. Individual or small-group consultation and/or customized workshops for a unit or department are available.
Scholarly communication librarians can assist other librarians and library staff with specific subjects of concern to faculty and students. They provide updates on issues related to scholarly communication, help librarians and staff educate faculty and students in specific disciplines, and assist librarians and staff with responding to users' specific needs, such as modifying author agreements or identifying peer-reviewed, open access publications in various subjects.