People in the News 4/28/14

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InfoDOCKET reports that “Rick Anderson, Associate Dean for Scholarly Resources & Collections in the J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah) visited the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. on March 10th where he gave an excellent presentation about open access publishing.

A video recording of Anderson’s talk titled, “Is a Rational Discussion of Open Access Possible?” is now available online via the Smithsonian’s web site and includes a Q&A discussion that followed the presentation.

The program runs 55 minutes and was the second lecture in “The Future of Access Speaker Series” sponsored by the Smithsonian Libraries, Smithsonian Institution Archives, and the Smithsonian’s Office of theOpen-Access-Illustration Chief Information Officer…”

According to District Dispatch “Georgia Harper is the 2014 recipient of the L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award: In Support of Users’ Rights. Harper is the Scholarly Communications Advisor for the University of Texas at Austin Libraries, where she focuses on issues of digital access and previously, Senior Attorney and manager of the Intellectual Property Section of the Office of General Counsel for the University of Texas System.

Harper may be best known for her ground-breaking Copyright Crash Course, one of the first comprehensive web sites devoted to copyright, higher education, and libraries, launched in 1996. With its iconic coffee cup logo, the Crash Course has influenced thousands of faculty, staff, librarians, and students and their understanding of the copyright law…

oitp.logo - www.ala.orgHarper has worked with the American Library Association (ALA) on numerous projects over the years including Fair Use and Electronic Reserves document developed after the Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization (TEACH) Act was enacted in 2002. In the many years since, this document has stood the test of time and remains a key resource for access librarians.

In addition to her mentorship to many librarians, Harper has conducted numerous copyright workshops and seminars across the country. Harper was named a fellow of the National Association of College and University Attorneys in 2001, and in 2010 received the inaugural Georgia Harper Copyright Literacy Award from the Center for Intellectual Property at University of Maryland, University College.

Harper graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Education and a J.D. degree. She also holds an M.S.I.S with a focus on digital libraries from the University of Texas at Austin’s Information School…

(Sponsored by the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) and the OITP Copyright Education Subcommittee.)

Healthcare knowledge provider BMJ has announced the appointment of two new non-executive directors to the company’s board.

Sharmila Nebhrajani is the newly appointed Chair of the Human Tissue Authority. Previously, she was the Chief Executive of the Association of Medical Research Charities, a role she held since 2011. Her previous career spanned media, science and business consulting and she was for 10 years Chief Operating Officer of the BBC’s Future Media and Technology division which launched the iPlayer.

Jill Ainscough is Chief Operating Officer of Ofcom, the independent regulator for the UK communications industries’ which she joined in 2007. Prior to this she worked at the B2B telecommunications provider Easynet Group, ending her time there as UK Managing Director, prior to its sale to Sky.


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