September 2013, Volume 5, Issue 8
Check Your Calendars!!
Library Card Sign-up Month
International Literacy Day
SD Festival of Books
Sept. 20-22, Deadwood
Banned Books Week
Banned Websites Awareness Day
Tri-Conference: NDLA, MPLA, SDLA 2013
The Library: All Travelers Welcome
Sept. 25-27, Sioux Falls
Assn. of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) Conference
Sept. 25-28, Omaha
Indian Ed Summit
Sept. 29 - Oct. 1, 2013
Teen Read Week
National Friends of Libraries Week
Featured e-Resources of the Month
Beyond the Great Gatsby: e-resources for book groups and literature
What are we reading?
Copyright knowledge essential to civilization, says Kenneth Crews
Crews, Kenneth D. Copyright Law for Librarians and Educators: Creative Strategies & Practical Solutions, Chicago: ALA, 2012, 3d ed., 192 pgs.
Reviewed by Jane Healy
Kenneth Crews, lawyer, professor and copyright expert, has completely updated his second edition of this title to "provide a basis for understanding and working with the copyright issues of central importance to education, librarianship, and scholarship … centered on the law." This book " … offers strategies and techniques for reaping the benefits of these rights of use" (p. xii).
Crews wants readers to follow a systematic pathway in applying copyright in educational and library settings because each case is different. In spite of that, the Appendix offers checklists for fair use, the TEACH ACT and library copying.
Is copyright law still important now that we have Creative Commons and open access? Yes. Crews maintains that librarians and teachers must know copyright in order to negotiate licenses and other purchase deals. We must understand the rules so that we know our rights, can find alternatives, make good decisions and manage copyright to our advantage (p. xii).
Chapters on copyright's details--its reach, ownership, fair use and the law as it specifically applies to distance education and libraries--spell out legal obligations and consider spin-offs to seemingly simple questions.
"Part V: Special Features" gives excellent information on copyright regarding music; Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and its circumvention; unpublished and archival materials and how to locate copyright owners and request permission if necessary.
Although libraries and schools are rarely taken to court for copyright infringement, Crews makes clear the cost of liability beyond possible fines or prison time. He encourages us to do the right thing "because we live in a cooperative society....the law has an important role in shaping the terms on which we relate to one another in a civilized world" (p. 106-107).
This and other books on copyright are available for loan from the South Dakota State Library.