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October 2011, Volume 3, Issue 9

Continuing Education Alert

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2011 One Book South Dakota

2011 Authors on the Road

SDLA Annual Conference
Oct. 5-7

SD Festival of Books
Oct. 7-9

National Friends of Libraries Week
Oct. 16-22

Teen Read Week
Oct. 16-22

AASL National Conference
Oct. 27-30

National Gaming Day
Nov. 12

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Copyright for Teachers & Librarians in the 21st Century and Smart Copyright Compliance for Schools

Reviewed by Jane Healy

“Students want to use music clips to enhance their presentations. Is this legal?” “Can I post my students’ multimedia presentations to the school website?” “How do I tell the principal it’s wrong to copy an entire workbook?”

Copyright application in schools has never been simple, but new digital formats make it more complicated than ever. Enter Copyright for Teachers & Librarians in the 21st Century by Rebecca Butler, where over 80 flowcharts guide educators to appropriate copyright compliance based on how a work will be used. The flowcharts give immediate assistance and model questions practitioners should ask themselves when dealing with copyright issues.

Author Butler makes her vast knowledge of copyright for schools accessible in this 2011 title and her previous book published in 2009, Smart Copyright Compliance for Schools: A How-To-Do-It Manual.

Butler based both books on questions she encountered in her copyright training sessions. Copyright for Teachers & Librarians… is a handbook for teachers, librarians, and others who work with students. Copyright experts interpret copyright law in examples of K-12 situations to help school practitioners apply the law to their own circumstances.

Part I covers the background, history and purpose of copyright law. It includes information on fair use, public domain, plagiarism, interlibrary loan and obtaining permission. Part II, “Applications of Copyright,” comprises the bulk of the book. Each chapter covers copyright law as it applies to a particular medium: Internet, movie, TV, computer software, music and audio, multimedia, print works and distance education.

Each chapter lists references, and the appendices give good background material, including a “Definition for Web Terms.”

The last chapter lists general tips for avoiding copyright problems and training those around you to comply. What if your school administrator wants you to break the law? Butler offers suggestions for that, too.

More information for administrators is found in Smart Copyright Compliance for Schools, a book for school district-wide copyright compliance. This book assists schools in proactively training their staffs and administrators about copyright issues and gives steps in creating a district-wide copyright compliance program. These steps include how-to for creating and communicating a district copyright policy and training staff about it. Included sample outlines, content and forms make this task easier. References point to more information and flow charts walk readers through processes along the way. Butler’s recommendations include detailed information on performing a copyright audit at the district and building levels. The author makes clear the fact that copyright compliance is an on-going task. The last section of the book, “Compliance Toolbox,” contains more sample outlines, forms and policies; a planning calendar; references to training materials and sections of the copyright law itself. With everyone in the school district informed about copyright policy, lawsuits will be avoided and compliance will be expected.

You can find these empowering books at the State Library.


Plus, more resources in the news

The Georgia State Copyright Case archive provides a review of the case and lively discussion of fair use as it applies to campuses and campus libraries in the digital age.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine has made advocacy materials available for free on their website.

American Libraries discusses STEM education and its connections for all types of libraries





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