Libraries announces spring 2021 Scholarly Communications and Copyright workshops

January 13, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — This spring, Penn State University Libraries will offer a virtual slate of scholarly communications and copyright workshops for students, faculty and staff. Scheduled for Feb. 4 through March 31, the workshops include the Introduction to Copyright series and workshops on Penn State’s open access policy. Other topics sharing research software with open source licenses and thesis and dissertation copyright concerns.

A new addition to the series is a virtual office hour where participants can ask questions about the public access policies of federal funders. Recordings of the fall 2020 sessions on public access policy are also available to watch on demand.

Registration is free but required for all workshops. To register, please follow the links listed with each session, or contact Ana Enriquez, scholarly communications outreach librarian, at enriquez@psu.edu.

Penn State encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the access provided, please contact Ana Enriquez at enriquez@psu.edu in advance of your participation or visit.

Public Access Policy Office Hour

Ana Enriquez, scholarly communications outreach librarian, and Briana Ezray, research data librarian for STEM, will answer questions about federal funder policies on public access to data and public access to publications. Please drop in any time during this hour with questions. In advance of this office hour, you can view recorded trainings for the National Institutes of HealthNational Science Foundation and the Department of Energy.

Copyright and Your Thesis or Dissertation

Do you have copyright questions related to your thesis or dissertation? How can you obtain permission to use someone else’s images or figures? When can you use those images or figures without permission? What permission is necessary for use of archival or museum materials? What’s the relationship between copyright and academic honesty? Join Ana Enriquez for a workshop on these and other questions. This is an interactive workshop. After an overview from Ana, participants will work in small groups to address hypothetical copyright questions, then debrief their responses as a full group. 

Introduction to Copyright: Two-Part Series

Have you ever wondered how things enter the public domain? What rights do you have to control use of your work? To use someone else’s work? This workshop by Ana Enriquez will provide a general overview of copyright law and give participants practice applying copyright law to the kinds of research- and course-related scenarios that come up at Penn State. Two one-hour discussions on Zoom are accompanied by an hour of video content. Participants are expected to watch videos 1 and 2 in advance of the first discussion (Part 1) and videos 3 and 4 in advance of the second discussion (Part 2).

Sharing Research Software With Open Source Licenses

Open source software development is increasingly common in many areas of academic work; however, researchers who write software must balance a host of disciplinary and institutional expectations to legally share their code. This workshop by Ana Enriquez and Seth Erickson, research data librarian for social sciences, provides an introduction to open source software licensing with particular focus on the needs of Penn State researchers. Topics include the importance of software licenses, common open source licenses used in scientific software projects, and recommendations for navigating relevant institutional policies. 

Penn State’s Open Access Policy

Penn State’s open access policy (AC02) applies to scholarly articles written by University researchers. In this workshop with Ana Enriquez, you will learn how to make your articles open and how to get a waiver of the policy if you do not wish to make an article open. Participants will practice using SHERPA/RoMEO to check the default terms of journals’ copyright agreements and learn how to use the Penn State Author’s Addendum to modify those defaults. 

Fair Use Practice Session

This workshop is intended for people who have completed the Introduction to Copyright series. Following a brief overview of fair use by Ana Enriquez, participants will discuss practice questions in small groups and debrief them as a full group.

Recordings of Fall 2020 Public Access Policy Sessions

Complying with the Department of Energy Public Access Policy — Do you understand the public access requirements for your DOE-funded research? Under DOE’s public access policy, publications based on DOE-supported research must be deposited in the DOE Public Access Gateway for Energy and Science (PAGES). Ana Enriquez and Briana Ezray provide a brief overview of grant recipients’ obligations.

Complying with the NIH Public Access Policy — Do you understand the public access requirements for your National Institutes of Health-funded research? Under NIH's public access policy, publications based on NIH-supported research must be deposited in PubMed Central upon acceptance for publication, to be made publicly available no later than 12 months after the official date of publication. Ana Enriquez and Briana Ezray provide a brief overview of grant recipients' obligations.

Complying with the NSF Public Access Policy — Do you understand the public access requirements for your National Science Foundation-funded research? Under NSF's public access policy, publications based on NSF-supported research must be deposited in the NSF Public Access Repository no later than 12 months after initial publication. Ana Enriquez and Briana Ezray provide a brief overview of grant recipients' obligations.

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Last Updated January 14, 2021