About

This web site is intended to help keep the Duke community informed about developments in scholarly communications, including the application of copyright law and its exceptions to teaching and research. The Association of College and Research Libraries has a useful definition of scholarly communications and a summary of the important issues.

The heart of the web site is a blog which will be regularly updated with information about developing issues, policy debates and proposed solutions. There are also some more stable web pages linked along the top of the site to help users find important content more easily. As new questions, for example, are posed and answered, those Q&A will appear as posts and also be linked to the FAQ page or another relevant part of the web site. An updated list of recommended readings, using a feed from a Connotea library, will also help keep users informed about developments in scholarly communications from a variety of viewpoints.

If you have comments or suggestions, please use the box below to send them to the Scholarly Communications Officer. If you would like to subscribe so that all new posts arrive in your e-mail box or RSS reader, please use the link on the right side of this page.

Duke’s Scholarly Communications Office supports Duke’s research, teaching, and service mission by providing guidance for faculty, students, and staff in matters relating to the dissemination and use of knowledge. The Scholarly Communications Officer is both a librarian and an attorney experienced in copyright and technology law. He is available for individual consultations and to offer workshops and presentations; he also serves as a resource on local and national policy in order to help the Duke community stay informed and involved with the changing landscape for scholarly work and publication.

Kevin holds a Masters of Library Science from Kent State University and has worked as an academic librarian in both liberal arts colleges and specialized libraries. His strong interest in copyright law began in library school and he received a law degree from Capital University in 2005. Before moving to Duke in 2006, Kevin served as the Director of the Pilgrim Library at Defiance College in Ohio, where he also taught Constitutional Law. He is admitted to the bar in Ohio and North Carolina.

 

7 Responses to About

  1. Robert George says:

    Do you know of someone with similar expertise in Canadian Copywrite law? I teach at a Canadian college, and would be interested in expanding my knowledge about legislation and case law applicable in Canada

  2. pedro paranaguá says:

    Yes, prof. Michael Geist, from Ottawa Uni. — search the web for this contact details

    good luck

    pedro paranaguá

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