Sunday, September 21, 2008

University of Texas at Austin Adopts CCC's Annual Copyright License

The University of Texas at Austin -- one of the largest public universities in the United States -- is moving quickly to make it easier for faculty and staff to use published materials for a range of educational purposes. The university has signed an agreement with Copyright Clearance Center to become the latest -- and now the largest -- institution to adopt CCC's Annual Copyright License for academic institutions, providing librarians, faculty, copy shop staff and others with pre-approved permission to use content in coursepacks, e-reserves, course management systems, research collaboration and more.

CCC introduced the annual license only last year. Already, hundreds of publishers have signed on to participate, including many leading book, journal, newspaper and magazine publishers as well as a number of leading university presses. And more are joining every week. In all, more than 1 million books, scholarly journals, newspapers, magazine and other sources are available for educational use under the license. Participating publishers include Elsevier, Dow Jones, Harvard Business School Publishing and the American Medical Association.

"CCC's license allows us to address workflow efficiencies in a high volume operation," said Fred Heath, Vice Provost and Director of Libraries, University of Texas at Austin. "It enables us to effectively address the broad spectrum of copyright issues while enabling our faculty to concentrate on classroom instruction."

The University of Texas at Austin is one of the country's leading research institutions. It has more than 50,000 undergraduate and graduate students, 21,000 faculty and staff, 16 colleges and 17 libraries containing more than 9 million volumes.

"The University of Texas at Austin is taking a leadership role in adopting this license and we look forward to working with them to continue to meet the ever-changing needs of faculty, staff and students," said Tracey Armstrong, CEO and President of CCC. "In the year since we introduced the annual license, we've been strongly encouraged by the positive reception from publishers and academic institutions alike. We believe this is a model for the future."

In all, more than 30 colleges and universities have adopted the CCC's annual license in the short time it has been available. Others include: Middlebury College, Suffolk University, the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the United States Army Command & Staff College.

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