ACRL releases 'Owning and Using Scholarship: An IP Handbook for Teachers and Researchers'

Kathryn Deiss
Content Strategist
Owning and Using Scholarship: An IP Handbook for Teachers and Researchers
kdeiss@ala.org

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of "Owning and Using Scholarship: An IP Handbook for Teachers and Researchers" by Kevin L. Smith, JD.

Copyright and other types of laws regulating intellectual property create an increasing concern for contemporary scholarship. The digital environment has created exciting new opportunities and possibilities for scholars to work and distribute their work. But these new opportunities also create issues that did not arise in the analog world. "Owning and Using Scholarship" demystifies intellectual property, and especially copyright law, for academic authors and independent scholars who face these dilemmas. It also serves as a comprehensive resource for librarians who are asked to assist with these new and challenging decisions.

Throughout the book a clear explanation of the law is coupled with concrete examples drawn from actual issues encountered by scholars. This balance of theoretical background and practical application is designed to appeal to both those who want a quick discussion of potential approaches and those who prefer to know “why.”  In addition to applying this approach to copyright issues that arise for research and teaching, the volume also discusses the options and obstacles that confront authors wishing to publish their work in new environment.  Explanations and objective assessments of the different options available for disseminating scholarship are provided to assist authors and other creators in making their own decisions about the best choice for them.

Smith is director of the Office of Copyright and Scholarly Communications at the Duke University Libraries and is both a librarian and an attorney experienced in copyright and technology law. He also serves as a campus resource on national policy in order to help the community stay informed and involved with the changing landscape of scholarly publication.

"Owning and Using Scholarship: An IP Handbook for Teachers and Researchers" is available for purchase in print, as an e-book and as a print/ e-book bundle through the ALA Online Store; in print and for Kindle through Amazon.com; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

"Owning and Using Scholarship" is also available as an Open Access edition on the ACRL website.

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