On July 30, 2021, the Supreme Court of Canada brought an end to one of the longest-running copyright sagas in recent memory when it rendered its judgement in the York University v. Access Copyright case. The case capped the debate around the rights and limits of educational institutions who are reproducing copyrighted material for student use using the “fair dealing” exception as outlined in the Canadian Copyright Act and Supreme Court cases such as CCH v. LSUC.
The Leddy Library launched its institutional repository, Scholarship @ UWindsor, in November 2012. Since then, the repository – powered by bepress Digital Commons software – has welcomed in more than 200 faculty publications and 4,000 theses, as well as an e-book previously published by the university’s provost. Scholarship @ UWindsor is intended to showcase the institution’s scholars by enabling researchers in the campus community to preserve and provide open access to a wide range of their scholarly and creative works.
Driving this new venture is Leddy Library’s newest librarian, Dave Johnson. Johnson graduated with a master’s degree in philosophy and an MLIS degree from Western University, and comes to Windsor after a brief stint at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick.
In addition to hosting open access research, the Leddy Library has also begun using the Open Conference System from the Public Knowledge Project and will use that platform to host the proceedings of a May conference being held by the Ontario Society for the Study of Argumentation.
Mita Williams, UX Librarian, Leddy Library, University of Windsor