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Discussion RUSA Copyright Interest Group Check In

by Faithe Ruiz on Thu, Jun 9, 2016 at 03:02 pm

Hello!

Hello!

As you may know, this interest group intended to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas on issues relating to copyright and reference services. As part of RUSA's pilot program, this discussion list serves as the deliverable for the group. The pilot was to run through annual and, arriving at the end, we are now to submit a report on behalf of the group. I would love to hear from any and all as to whether you would recommend copyright as an interest group focus for RUSA. Why is copyright important to those in reference services? If you do not consider issues relating to copyright relevant enough to warrant an interest group, why not?

Thank you for your time,

Faithe Ruiz

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Discussion Copyright risk management plan

by Faithe Ruiz on Tue, May 17, 2016 at 02:55 pm

Good afternoon. I haven't posted in a while. To be honest, I ran out of discussion prompts and personal stories...and got busy. Now, involved in a new project, I wanted to reach out. When I first approached copyright literacy efforts on campus I was super-excited to work on drafting copyright policy toward institution-wide adoption. Due to a lack of interest and responsiveness by those in authority, I had to rethink the original plan.

Good afternoon. I haven't posted in a while. To be honest, I ran out of discussion prompts and personal stories...and got busy. Now, involved in a new project, I wanted to reach out. When I first approached copyright literacy efforts on campus I was super-excited to work on drafting copyright policy toward institution-wide adoption. Due to a lack of interest and responsiveness by those in authority, I had to rethink the original plan. Liking what I read about copyright risk management plans in Donna Ferullo's book Managing Copyright in Higher Education: A Guidebook and believing that any effort to promote safer practices will benefit the community, I began drafting practical guidelines for faculty using copyrighted works and digital content in online courses. In collaboration with the E-Learning department, the library will also be developing copyright and fair use focused orientation modules for online faculty and students. Also, in hopes of future talks with our higher-ups, I will be evaluating student and faculty handbooks and drafting more thorough and audience-specific copyright clauses as well as drafting institutional policy for the day that we decide on institution-wide adoption and implementation of same.

Thoughts and practices are very welcome.

--Faithe

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Discussion Government information

by Faithe Ruiz on Mon, Apr 11, 2016 at 12:36 pm

Happy Monday!

I am a GovDocs fan. Before I was a librarian I worked for lawyers who most often could not afford subscriptions to all the databases we needed for complete research. I spent many hours researching medical and legal issues using government information. Now, I often talk about government information with students who are looking for statistics, data, and other stuff and are unsure of where to start. I also present Criminal Justice students with government and Internet legal research options.

Happy Monday!

I am a GovDocs fan. Before I was a librarian I worked for lawyers who most often could not afford subscriptions to all the databases we needed for complete research. I spent many hours researching medical and legal issues using government information. Now, I often talk about government information with students who are looking for statistics, data, and other stuff and are unsure of where to start. I also present Criminal Justice students with government and Internet legal research options.

Although this post is not directly related to copyright, I also sometimes look to government information options when licensing/permissions problems arise. On that note, this is an attempt to s-t-r-e-t-c-h the conversation.

If anyone has anything to share regarding a connection between copyright and government information or simply GovDocs sharing at the reference desk, please share.

Thanks!

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Discussion License agreements

by Faithe Ruiz on Mon, Feb 1, 2016 at 07:52 am

Happy Monday!

How does your library address license agreements and the use of material from databases and eJournals? A review of the Libguides that are out there reveals that many libraries make mention of license agreements in Libguides addressing copyright, eReserves, scholarship, publishing, etc. Are you more actively educating your community on licensing restrictions? Do you receive inquiries from faculty or others regarding terms of use? Please share.

Discussion Assessing base knowledge of copyright

by Faithe Ruiz on Fri, Mar 4, 2016 at 02:11 pm

I hope this finds everyone well and that all Fair Use Week 2016 events were fun and fruitful. Sadly (due to the flu), I missed out on participating to the fullest. Nonetheless, the results of the copyright quiz that went out to staff, faculty & students gave me something to think about. One lone participant (of more than 40) received a perfect score on our 7-question copyright quiz.

I hope this finds everyone well and that all Fair Use Week 2016 events were fun and fruitful. Sadly (due to the flu), I missed out on participating to the fullest. Nonetheless, the results of the copyright quiz that went out to staff, faculty & students gave me something to think about. One lone participant (of more than 40) received a perfect score on our 7-question copyright quiz.

This was a very informal, first assessment-style attempt at information gathering re: base knowledge of copyright in our community. Has anyone out there conducted assessments of any kind with regard to copyright and fair use? If so, has it altered your educational efforts/outreach? How?

Faithe

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Discussion Challenge of the week: Name your top 3 copyright concerns

by Faithe Ruiz on Mon, Feb 8, 2016 at 07:51 am

Happy Monday!

Please share your top 3 copyright concerns, issues that you have encountered in performance of reference and user support services. In addition to naming your top 3, please identify efforts made, changes implemented, or ideas for dealing with these concerns or issues.

Thanks for sharing!

Discussion In-person meeting at ALA Annual

by Faithe Ruiz on Mon, Feb 8, 2016 at 07:51 am

Good morning!

RUSA gave a call-out to any IGs that are interested in having an in-person meeting at ALA Annual. The deadline to make a request is February 5th.

Available slots for Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday include: 8:30 am – 10:00 am, 10:30 am – 11:30 am, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm, 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Let me know what you think?

Thanks

 

 

Discussion Red flags

by Faithe Ruiz on Mon, Feb 8, 2016 at 07:52 am

I am a college reference librarian and liaison to the e-learning department. Soon after stepping into this post, I started receiving questions from online faculty regarding supplemental course material, uploading and sharing articles, and the reuse of copyrighted materials. I also began to notice the misuse of images by students and staff.

I am a college reference librarian and liaison to the e-learning department. Soon after stepping into this post, I started receiving questions from online faculty regarding supplemental course material, uploading and sharing articles, and the reuse of copyrighted materials. I also began to notice the misuse of images by students and staff.

In response to these red flags, I created handouts and published a LibGuide to promote the correct use of copyrighted content and copyright awareness on campus. Click here to visit the Copyright and Fair Use Basics LibGuide.

I would love to hear what red flags others have encountered and how you addressed same.

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Discussion e-Reserves & reusing copyrighted content

by Faithe Ruiz on Mon, Feb 8, 2016 at 07:51 am

I would like to know how others handle e-Reserves, ILL requests, and reuse in general.

At present, our ILL department denies any questionable requests and e-Reserves (which are dealt with individually at the faculty level) are not discussed. In an effort to promote safer practices regarding the uploading of supplemental resources without implementing institutional policy and procedure, I am advocating for requiring faculty to complete a short e-Reserves form at point of use/upload.

I would like to know how others handle e-Reserves, ILL requests, and reuse in general.

At present, our ILL department denies any questionable requests and e-Reserves (which are dealt with individually at the faculty level) are not discussed. In an effort to promote safer practices regarding the uploading of supplemental resources without implementing institutional policy and procedure, I am advocating for requiring faculty to complete a short e-Reserves form at point of use/upload.

This safeguard is being employed by other colleges and universities, some requiring that online faculty also complete a fair use checklist with each copyrighted item that they upload to their course materials folder. Additionally, publishers, libraries, and academic associations developing guidelines addressing e-Reserves encourage institutions to publicly post their e-Reserve policies online and to disclose the title (and other bibliographic information) for each copyrighted work placed on reserve at the beginning of each term. I see a short e-Reserve form as a simple step toward creating safer practices and preventing instances of possible infringement. The short form includes a line item naming “fair use” and suggesting that an analysis be performed which would serve to promote awareness of fair use and safe practices among online faculty.

I am informed that faculty may find completing the form for each use of a copyrighted work burdensome and that we might want to edit this request to require the form be completed once for each semester/course.

Thoughts? Comments?

Faithe

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Discussion CopyTalk Webinar : Copyright Topic: State Government Information and the Copyright Conundrum

by Chris LeBeau on Tue, Feb 2, 2016 at 09:32 am

I wanted to share a webinar quickly approaching on a copyright topic.
Find the URL below the speaker list.

SUBJECT: February CopyTalk - State Government Information and the copyright conundrum

Please join us for this free webinar presented by ALA's Office of IT Policy and the Copyright Education Subcommittee.

I wanted to share a webinar quickly approaching on a copyright topic.
Find the URL below the speaker list.

SUBJECT: February CopyTalk - State Government Information and the copyright conundrum

Please join us for this free webinar presented by ALA's Office of IT Policy and the Copyright Education Subcommittee.

Figuring out whether state government documents are copyrighted is a tricky question. Copyright law has significant impact on the work libraries, digital repositories, and even state agencies, with regards to digitizing and web archiving state government information.

Free State Government Information (FSGI) http://stategov.freegovinfo.info/ has been steadily working to raise awareness and find pathways forward for policy change with regards to the copyright issue of state government publications.

Get the scoop from the FSGI at the next CopyTalk on February 4th at 2 pm Eastern/1 pm Central.

This presentation will cover:

    who we are and why we are tackling copyright issues with state government
    specific state government information projects that academic, state, and digital libraries are engaged in that are impacted by copyright
    a way forward to address copyright policy in the states: Kyle Courtney’s 50 state survey of copyright policies, State Copyright Resource Center http://copyright.lib.harvard.edu/states/

Speakers:

    Bernadette Bartlett, Library of Michigan, Michigan Documents Librarian
    Kyle Courtney, Copyright Advisor, Harvard University
    Kristina Eden, Copyright Review Program Manager, HathiTrust
    Kris Kasianovitz, Stanford University Library, Government Information

Complete information and links on how to join the webinar appear at http://www.districtdispatch.org/2016/01/state-government-information-and-the-copyright-conundrum/

We ask you to watch this with a friend (or in groups) since our webinar room will only permit 100 viewers simultaneously.

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The focus of the Copyright IG is on providing a forum for the RUSA community to exchange ideas relating to copyright law and its application, to strengthen communication and cooperation among RUSA members on issues relating to copyright, and to provide opportunities for growth and improved reference services.

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