Copyright literacy

October 29th, 2014


You are invited to participate in an research study about levels of copyright literacy among Canadian university faculty members. The study is being conducted by Lisa Di Valentino, Ph.D. candidate, Faculty of Information and Media Studies, University of Western Ontario.

Individuals who teach university-level (undergraduate or graduate) courses and who are responsible for assigning readings and other materials to students in a course are eligible to participate in this study. Both full-time and limited-duty faculty are included. The survey is in English.

The purpose of this survey is to study faculty awareness with regard to Canadian copyright law and how it affects their ability to teach, their perception of who is primarily responsible for ensuring adherence to the law, and their own practices related to copyright compliance.

Insights gained from the survey will be used in a larger project aiming to develop best practices for copyright compliance management in colleges and universities.

If you agree to participate, you will be asked to complete an online survey comprising 20 or fewer questions. It is anticipated that the entire task will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. All data collected will remain confidential and accessible only to the investigators of this study.

There are no known or anticipated risks or discomforts associated with participating in this study. You will not be compensated for your participation in this research.

Participation in this survey is voluntary. Completion of the survey is indication of your consent to participate in this study. You may refuse to participate or withdraw from the survey at any time by closing the browser window.

The principal investigator for this project is Dr. Samuel E. Trosow 519-661-2111 x88498, e-mail:

If you have any questions about the content or purpose of the survey, you may contact Lisa Di Valentino 519-615-9126, email:

If you have any questions about your rights as a research participant or the conduct of this study, you may contact The Office of Research Ethics 519-661-3036, email:

To participate, please click the following link, or copy and paste into your browser:

The survey will be open until November 12, 2014, 11:59pm EST.

Thank you,

Lisa Di Valentino, MA, MLIS, JD
PhD candidate, Library and Information Science
The University of Western Ontario

MEDIA ALERT – Precarious faculty issue highlighted on The Agenda

October 9th, 2014

Hello all;


Last night, TVO’s The Agenda broadcast a segment on the rise of precarious work, featuring Western and Laurier prof Kane Faucher.


The segment can be viewed at:

OCUFA’s post is available at:

Our Tweet is at:

Our Facebook post is at:


Best Regards,



Graeme Stewart

Communications Manager

Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations

17 Isabella Street | Toronto, ON | M4Y 1M7
416 979 2117 x232 | | @OCUFA |


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MEDIA ALERT – CBC Sunday Edition documentary on Precarious Faculty

September 9th, 2014

Hi all;


As you may know, CBC’s Sunday Edition played a radio documentary this weekend examining the issue of precarious academic work. It’s a challenging and important piece, and something you may wish to share with your networks.


The documentary can be found at:


There is also some text on the OCUFA site that, with some minor revisions, can be re-purposed for your own websites. Please feel free to copy and edit as needed:


Sue Ferguson, from WLUFA, has asked people to consider leaving a message of support in the comments section of the CBC page, which can be accessed at the link above.





Graeme Stewart

Communications Manager

Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations

17 Isabella Street | Toronto, ON | M4Y 1M7
416 979 2117 x232 | | @OCUFA |


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OCUFA government and community relations and engagement and campaigns coordinator job postings — for distribution

July 23rd, 2014

Hi all:


Attached are the OCUFA job postings for a government and community relations position Policy Officer 1 (Government and Community Relations) Posting – June 2014 and an engagement and campaigns coordinator position Policy Officer 2 (Engagement and Campaigns Coordinator) – June 2014, with responsibility for mobilization, member engagement and campaigns. The job descriptions are attached.


I  would appreciate your help in sending these postings to anyone in your networks that you think might be appropriate to our needs, and interested in the positions.


Thanks for your help.


Best regards,
Mark Rosenfeld, Ph.D
Executive Director
Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations
17 Isabella Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4Y 1M7
Tel: 416-979-2117 x229
Fax: 416-593-5607
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