Raynor Memorial Libraries offers more than 1.8 million volumes, hundreds of research databases, computer access, laptops on loan, a multimedia
collection, group study spaces, 24-hour access and library staff members who help researchers from around the world.
Authors may retain more rights over the distribution of their work than they commonly assume, including the right to distribute it to students and
through open-access publications. Such rights can be negotiated with publishers, who themselves are changing their traditional copyright agreements
in the face of rising costs, as well as opportunities created by digital technology. This site will provide access to resources on the new issues
surrounding authors' rights.
The ferment about scholarly communication is international in scope. SHERPA, a British-based
organization, promotes en-access, including an online guide to the copyright policies of an international set of journals. Authors can review the copyright
restrictions required by journals before submitting their manuscripts.
Another non-profit organization with international reach, Creative Commons helps authors of all types, from
academics to artists, exert more copyright authority over their works, whatever their type or format. Both individuals and corporations have taken advantage of
Creative Commons. Scientists should visit their special Science Commons.