New video highlights the benefits of rights management for authors

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For Immediate Release<br>
March 17, 2008

For more information, contact:<br>
Jennifer McLennan<br>
(202) 296-2296 x121

Kara Malenfant<br>
(312) 280-2510

**CHICAGO & WASHINGTON DC** – March 17, 2008 – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) have released a new, short video to help librarians effectively engage disciplinary faculty and researchers on the topic of author rights. Starting a conversation with faculty researchers about securing their rights as authors is timelier than ever, given the new NIH Public Access Policy.

The two-minute video presentation, available at <>, explains in simple, graphic terms the potential for wider exposure of scholarly articles when authors retain key rights. Inspired by the SPARC Author Rights initiative, the presentation offers three steps to effective rights management:

1) Scrutinize the publication agreement<br>
2) Negotiate with the publisher<br>
3) Retain the rights you need

Author addenda, such as the SPARC Author Addendum, are recommended as tools. The video was produced in conjunction with the ARL/ACRL joint Institute on Scholarly Communication.

Libraries are invited to download the video as is or to adapt and customize for their needs, using the video source files at <>. Insert your logo and contact information, add examples from your faculty and their disciplines, or provide details about an author addendum used on your campus.

For more detail on issues related to author rights, visit the SPARC Author Rights initiative, where you can subscribe to the new author rights discussion forum, download a brochure, explore recorded Web casts and podcasts, print a standard addendum, and more. See <>. The Institute on Scholarly Communication also offers extensive resources for campus outreach on scholarly communication issues. See <>

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing more than 13,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments. ACRL is on the Web at <>.

ARL is a nonprofit organization of 123 research libraries in North America. Its mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the Web at

SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), with SPARC Europe and SPARC Japan, is an international alliance of more than 800 academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of scholarly communication. SPARC's advocacy, educational and publisher partnership programs encourage expanded dissemination of research. SPARC is on the Web at <>.