Feeding the Elephant July roundup, cross-posted from the Book Channel


The July Feeding the Elephant blog has many items of interest to H-Scholar subscribers so I am re-posting it in full.

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Feeding the Elephant Turns Two!

A post from Feeding the Elephant: A Forum for Scholarly Communications.

By the Feeding the Elephant Editorial Collective

Two years ago, we launched Feeding the Elephant, a forum on scholarly communications in the arts, humanities, and social sciences with a mission to bring together stakeholders in libraries, publishing, and academe around conversations of common interest. 

[1:3] The Value of Popular Culture

A post from Feeding the Elephant: A Forum for Scholarly Communications.

In Feeding the Elephant’s [1:3] series, we pose 1 question to a librarian, a publisher, and a scholar—the 3 main stakeholders in the scholarly communications ecosystem—to get each perspective on a particular issue. Here, we posed the question: 

What is the value of popular culture to scholarly discussions?

Who owns the rights to recorded conference presentations?


The March H-Net Book Channel blog Feeding the Elephant discussed a controversy over the agreement that the College Art Association tried torequire from scholars presenting at its annual conference.  The CAA agreement initially created a set of conditions and permissions that several presenters found unacceptable. They were required to allow the CAA to use and re-use their presentations and all "derivatives" but also to obtain permission from the rights owner for every artwork that they included in their talks. 

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