Copyright Librarian Sara Benson’s YouTube Channel

Guest post written by Treasa Bane Sara Benson—lawyer, librarian, and assistant professor—is UIUC’s secret weapon. Within the Scholarly Communications and Publishing department, she provides consultations, workshops, lectures, and guides concerning copyright. As research methods and means of accessing reliable information rapidly change, copyright grows more complex. Every institution needs an intermediary between information producers and […]

Spotlight: Open Culture

The Internet is the world’s hub for culture. You can find anything and everything from high-definition scans of sixteenth-century art to pixel drawings created yesterday. However, actually finding that content — and knowing which content you are free to use and peruse — can prove a difficult task to many. That’s why Open Culture has made […]

Juan Pablo Alperin: Does Our Research Serve the Public, or Only Ourselves?

Mark your calendars: Juan Pablo Alperin is coming to campus on March 9th to give a lecture titled, “Does Our Research Serve the Public, or Only Ourselves?” The Talk will place in Illini Union 407 at 4:00 pm. Here is the official abstract for the talk: Traditionally, scholarly efforts have focused on making research available and discoverable […]

Scholarly Smackdown: Scalar vs. Omeka

Scholarly Smackdown is the Scholarly Commons’ new review series comparing popular online research tools and resources. This week we’ll be taking a look at Scalar and Omeka, resources for presenting research digitally. No scholars were harmed in the making of this column. Scalar Scalar is a content management system for creating digital books of media scholarship […]

Introducing Sara Benson, Copyright Librarian & Assistant Professor, Scholarly Communications and Publishing Unit

Today we’re welcoming Sara Benson as a Scholarly Commons affiliate. While Sara has been at the University of Illinois for over ten years, she joined the library staff this August as our Copyright Librarian & Assistant Professor in the Scholarly Communications and Publishing Unit. Keep reading to get to know Sara. What is your background education and […]

Fair Use and Music

Thinking back to Fair Use Week, it might be interesting to discuss how fair use applies to something that most people enjoy—music. Music can be pretty tricky when it comes to copyright law because there are layers and divisions of rights. First, it’s important to cover some of the basics regarding music and copyright. For […]

Fair Use Week 2015: Celebrating the “Safety Valve” of U.S. Copyright Law

Here at the Scholarly Commons we care about copyright and related issues, and we do our best to ensure that students, faculty, and staff at the University of Illinois understand how copyright relates to their day-to-day work. Today marks the beginning of Fair Use Week (February 23-27, 2015), and we hope you’ll take advantage of […]

FASTR: A New Open Access Bill Before Congress

As of Feb. 14, a bipartisan group of senators introduced the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research (FASTR) Act. The bill’s purpose is to make the results of publicly funded research publicly available online. FASTR is a retooling of a past open access bill, the Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA), which has been considered […]

New Tool Ranks Cost Effectiveness of Open Access Journals

Typically, the model for open access publishing has been one of  “pay to be published” wherein scholars pay to have their work published after a peer review  process. This model has had some notable successes, producing high impact journals such as PLoS One. Predictably, the success of this  model has quickly been exploited by predatory […]