ATG Hot Topics 7/31/15

Erin Gallagherby Erin Gallagher

Happy Friday and happy end of July!  Well, I don’t know if that should make us happy, as it means summer is winding down quickly and before you know it, school will be back in session.  Has anyone been able to knock out lingering projects this summer?  If so, please tell me how…

We’ve got a real doozie of a story this week, straight out of GeorgiaCarl Malamud, owner of the website, has been scanning and posting the annotated version of Georgia’s legal code.  This seems in line with the mission of Malamud’s site, which claims it is “making government information more accessible”.  Georgia’s basic legal code is freely available online, but apparently the “annotated” version is off-limits unless you want to pay LexisNexis $378.  Now the state of Georgia and Malamud are locked in a legal battle over whether or not state laws are copyrighted or public domain.  The real kicker here is that Malamud’s actions are being referred to as a “…strategy of terrorism” in the lawsuit.  Really?  If there’s a case for copyright infringement, then so be it, but let’s not throw around The T Word so cavalierly.

If your library is anything like mine, you’ve at least been aware of conversations involving author support for open access (OA) publishing.  Per this piece in the Chronicle, federal grant agencies are increasingly requiring their recipients to publish in OA journals.  These requirements have positive implications for disseminating research publicly instead of lurking behind paywalls and exorbitant subscriptions, but researchers and authors are in need of librarians’ help more than ever.  How is your library planning to support faculty as they navigate these OA requirements?  Are you adjusting your OA policies?  If anything, this is a great way to start dialogue on your campus.

If you live somewhere with decent weather, plan on getting out for a night walk to view the blue moonSadly, it’s not going to turn blue, but the term refers to the rare occurrences in which a full moon appears twice in the same month.  However, if you drink enough Blue Moon beer, you might be able to convince yourself that it’s really blue.


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