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Is it OA or OER? And, what’s in it for me?

By Chrystal Pickell Vandervest Read time: 3 minutes I’m sure you know all about OA and OER. But, it can be hard to put the words together to talk about it with others (or even find the time to do this). And, it’s important to be able to easily explain the difference between the two.  …Read more »

Layers, elements, and tools (oh, my!)

The anatomy of Creative Commons licenses By Chrystal Pickell Vandervest Read time: 4 minutes Now that you know about copyright law, you’re ready to choose a Creative Commons (CC) license. Just kidding! There’s more to know about the three layers and four elements that are combined into six CC licenses (plus the two bonus public …Read more »

What you need to know about copyright

By Chrystal Pickell Vandervest Read time: 4 minutes Before we can talk about the anatomy and use of CC Licenses and CC-Licensed Works for your next OER project, it is essential that we have a base understanding of copyright.  Copyright law’s relationship with intellectual property  Copyright law falls under the umbrella of intellectual property (rights …Read more »

Creative Commons: beyond the licenses 

By Chrystal Pickell Vandervest Read time: 2 minutes As you may know, at the heart of many open educational resources (OER) are Creative Commons licenses. These licenses allow faculty to use, adapt, and remix content. The newly created resources further build upon the knowledge contained in other OERs, and then, that knowledge is shared with …Read more »

Collections vs remixes: how will I ever know the difference???

By Chrystal Pickell Vandervest Read time: 3 minutes What’s that? You want to include other Creative Commons (CC) licensed works in your open educational resource (OER), too!? (You probably weren’t thinking that at all, but it’s what we’re talking about today.) It’s quite common. And, if you’ve read an OER textbook, you’ve seen it in …Read more »

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 »

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