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The Hype and Hope of MOOCS

Can’t go to ALA Midwinter? Do you still want to be a part of the conversation? Join 2013 Library Journal Mover and Shaker and U-M Special Projects Librarian Emily Puckett Rodgers for discussion after viewing a free symposium on MOOCS, January 24, 2014. As part of OCLC’s Americas Member Meeting, “The Hype and Hope of …Read more »

9th Annual Copyright Conference at Ball State University

The Ball State University Libraries is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 9th Annual Copyright Conference! ©opyright in ©asablanca: Round Up the Usual Suspects! will be held on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at the Ball State University Alumni Center in Muncie, Indiana.  Both Academic and K-12 intellectual property concerns will be …Read more »

Fair Use for Online Video

The Center for Social Media, American University School of Communication, has published a Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video. Click here to download full report in PDF. The Code was developed by a committee of copyright scholars under the chairmanship of Peter Jaszi and Patricia Aufderheide. The document developed by the …Read more »

Copyright Report released

The Section 108 Study Group Report has been released and is now available online in PDF. Section 108 of the U.S. copyright law provides limited exceptions to allow copying from materials in libraries and archives. The Study Group’s mission was: “to conduct a reexamination of the exceptions and limitations applicable to libraries and archives under …Read more »

Copyright article in T.H.E. Journal

Two of us from Michigan – Evelyn Freeman of Oakland Schools and I – were interviewed for an article in current issue of T.H.E. Journal, “Do the (Copy)right thing.” As many of you know, Evelyn has been very active in bringing copyright information to school librarians, especially through her training sessions at annual MAME conferences. …Read more »

ALA Provides Answers to Librarians' Copyright Questions

Calling all Michigan librarians! ALA’s Copyright Advisory Network (CAN) is a free service for librarians who want to learn about copyright or get help with their copyright questions. Please post your copyright questions on the CAN website! To post a copyright question: 1. Register at: 2. Log in. 3. Click on “Copyright Questions” and …Read more »

Unshelved Tackles Copyright

Check out the Unshelved archives for Unshelved comic strips for May 28 – June 2.  In only six strips, Bill Barnes and Gene Ambaum have succinctly encapsulated intellectual property infringement issues for public libraries.  As usual, pretty funny stuff that hits the nail on the head!

Copyright Renewal Database

Stanford’s Copyright Renewal Database is now searchable online at: The database covers the copyright renewal records received by the US Copyright Office between 1950 and 1993 for books published in the US between 1923 and 1963. Note that the database includes ONLY US Class A (book) renewals. The welcome page notes: “The period from …Read more »

Why are we still going to conferences?

There is a great blog post on Creating Passionate Users titled “Face-to-face trumps Twitter, Blogs, Podcasts, Videos.” Kathy Sierra asks – why are we still going to conferences when we now have social networking technology to allow us to meet online? She writes, “The point is, face-to-face still matters. And in fact all our globally-connecting-social-networking …Read more »

New ARL Copyright Brochure

ARL has published a new brochure, Know Your Copy Rights: What You Can Do, aimed at faculty and teaching assistants. The brochure is available for download in PDF or for purchase in print copies. A one-page chart, “What you can do,” is also available to download or purchase in print. The web site lists several …Read more »

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