The Unclassifiable Library Remix

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Copyright in a Nutshell

Though the University has an attorney, I as the librarian that oversees reserves and interlibrary loan, have become the default copyright guru on campus. When people have a copyright question, they often hit me up, and I also try to educate the community through presentations and such when possible. This article by Jennifer Howard goes over some really good basic facts that I too wish more people knew.

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What You Don't Know About Copyright, but Should

By Jennifer Howard

If you think you don't own any copyrights, think again.
Know your rights when you sign contracts with publishers or others to distribute your work
Fair use is complicated—but you can also call on the principle of "classroom use."
Don't be ruled by fear.
"A risk-oriented, compliance-oriented mind-set is one of the things that makes fair use smaller and helps us not innovate around copyright law in other ways," Ms. Sims says.
Ask for help. And make a difference.

Reading Project

Though I've read a number of these books, I have not read as many as I would have liked. I'm going to set this as a reading goal for myself. I was going to say it would be my summer project, but I think I may need to allot a bit more time. Let's see how long it takes me to get through the list.

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The 100 greatest non-fiction books

After keen debate at the Guardian's books desk, this is our list of the very best factual writing, organised by category, and then by date.

See how closely it matches yours and tell us what we've missed

British Museum Reading Room
The greatest non-fiction books live here ... the British Museum Reading Room.