Locked Collections: Copyright and the Future of Research Support

37 Pages Posted: 18 Nov 2013  

D. R. Jones

University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

Date Written: November 18, 2013

Abstract

Researchers in institutions of higher education depend on access to the scholarly record, and academic libraries play a critical role in supporting this research. As academic collections shift to primarily electronic format, research support is in jeopardy. Copyright holders, through the use of licensing and contracts to control electronic works, limit or prohibit interlibrary loan and other means of research support. As predominantly digital library collections increase, libraries may find that they have locked collections. They will be unable to lend or to borrow. This article examines how increased reliance on e-collections impacts the ability of academic libraries to support research and explores and assesses various approaches to ensure research support. The article urges that libraries actively pursue agreements that reinforce their mission to support the creation, dissemination and preservation of knowledge. At the same time, libraries must be agents of change, serving as active participants in the transformation of the scholarly communication system.

Suggested Citation

Jones, D. R., Locked Collections: Copyright and the Future of Research Support (November 18, 2013). 105 Law Library Journal 425 (2013); University of Memphis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 132. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2356503

D. R. Jones (Contact Author)

University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law ( email )

One North Front Street
Memphis, TN 38103-2189
United States

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