A thousand thanks to Laura Wilt for assuming the solo responsibility of poster presenter at the eleventh hour. Laura and Maggie put a lot of work into the content, layout, production and accompanying materials for the session and it all went off without a hitch in the end!


TRB Copyright-CC Poster mms-lew

Here is an interesting article on publishers, researchers and copyright – from a librarian’s perspective.  It’s pretty funny, definitely contains a hint of snark, but it’s packed with facts on what happens when you sign away your rights to your research. This isn’t only a warning to academics and universities, it’s pertinent information for all researchers.

When You Give Your Copyright Away


Last month, the Center for Transportation Studies and the MnDOT Library hosted the joint annual meetings of the Transportation Library Connectivity & Development Pooled Fund Study TPF-5(237), the Midwest Transportation Knowledge Network (MTKN), and the Western Transportation Knowledge Network (WTKN). Librarians from fourteen state DOTs, several universities, the Portland Cement Association, and the National Transportation Library met on the University of Minnesota campus and at MnDOT’s Central Office building, with some members attending portions of the meetings remotely. Read more and see pics here.

We are in the Twin Cities for our 2-day meeting. Day 1 highlights:

Pooled Fund business meeting. This may or may not be a highlight, depending on your individual love of spreadsheets.

David Hedeen, MnDOT National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS) Compliance Engineer. David shared a fantastic talk about the process of inspections, a timely topic (always). Bridge Inspection – David Hedeen, Sept. 18, 2013

Nancy Sims, University of Minnesota Copyright Librarian. Copyright Workshop. Nancy gave us a refresher on copyright as it applies to contracts, licenses and fair use. The second half had us break out into smaller groups to develop internal policies, documents and education programs for compliance; digital collections considerations, laws and contracts/licenses (think Creative Commons).

Later, we’re going to walk over to Minitex and Kathy Drozd will take us on a tour of MLAC.


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“Fair use” applies to government publications too – even though sometimes we assume that anything produced with public money is not protected by copyright. In fact, several states routinely copyright their publications and a lot of the materials in transportation libraries are from commercial publishers and private associations.

The Association of Research Libraries (et al) has a Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries. And in the spirit of the clause, they are fine with posting it in it’s entirety for you to use as a guide.

More resources from the coordinators of the code:

Association of Research Libraries
Center for Social Media – American University
Washington College of Law – American University