Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Owning and Using Scholarship: An IP Handbook for Teachers and Researchers

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Owning and Using Scholarship: An IP Handbook for Teachers and Researchers

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Owning and Using Scholarship: An IP Handbook for Teachers and Researchers. By Kevin L. Smith. Chicago: ACRL, 2014. 240 p. Paper $54 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-8747-6).

Digital technologies challenge the assumptions of preexisting legal regimes, even as they enable new modes of scholarship. Whether using others' intellectual works or disseminating and safeguarding their own, educators and scholars often navigate a morass of issues. This audience needs guidance that is sound in practice and concise yet robust in context. Drawing on his experience offering such guidance as the director of Copyright and Scholarly Communications for Duke University Libraries, Kevin Smith offers a handbook directed at achieving these ambitious aims.

Primarily written for a US audience, Smith identifies four areas of intellectual property: copyright, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets. After explaining each area's impact on teaching and research, the author offers compelling justification for emphasizing copyright throughout much of the book. He is thorough in outlining the considerations governing ownership of instructional and scholarly works, and his overview of institutional policies will benefit staff at all levels.

Readers will appreciate Smith's lucid writing. Chapter 4 is a stellar example of the merits of this slim volume: in presenting a five-step process for deciding when and how to use others' works, the author accomplishes nothing less than a crash course in copyright. Additional topics covered include open access publishing, licensing options, and technological protections. Useful recommendations abound, including an overview of publication contract clauses. …

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