Complete Copyright for K–12 Librarians and Educators, Second Edition

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Previously Awarded The ABC-CLIO Greenwood Award for the Best Book in Library Literature

Reflecting the dominance of digital technologies and networks across much of the country, this timely update of Russell's handbook demonstrates how school librarians and educators can effectively advance learning while respecting intellectual property law.

Particularly in places of learning, technology is all-pervasive; because everyone is always making copies, copyright is center stage. And copyright law, when misapplied or misinterpreted, affects not only the way that you teach but even what you teach. With decades of experience interpreting the intricacies of copyright law as it pertains to librarianship, Russell is the ideal authority to address the concerns of librarians, teachers, and teaching librarians who work in the K–12 environment. Her book will encourage you to stop allowing your fear of copyright issues to limit how and what you share or teach, and instead be more involved in shaping copyright law to better serve your learning community. Through scenario-based discussions, it covers key topics such as

  • the reasons librarians and teachers have so many misconceptions about copyright, and why understanding copyright is a process, not a one-time event;
  • recent legislative and policy developments that impact schools and libraries; 
  • situations often encountered by educators, such as using copyrighted material in class assignments, digital lesson plans, bulletin board displays, social media, school plays, and band performances and talent shows;
  • the use of licensed content in a variety of settings;
  • what constitutes "fair use," so that you can be empowered by knowing exactly what's possible within the law; and
  • guidance on making long-term strategic decisions and developing copyright policies.

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Cast of Characters

Chapter 1     Staff Attend a Copyright Workshop
Chapter 2     Lindsey’s Copyright Is Infringed
Chapter 3     Kim Wants to Talk about Fair Use
Chapter 4     The School Media Center Is Renovated
Chapter 5     Patrick Inserts a Video Clip
Chapter 6     Veronda and Lena Want to Digitize Textbooks
Chapter 7     The School Has a Talent Show

Conclusion     Gary LeDuc Says Good-bye

  • Appendix A: Agreement on Guidelines for Classroom Copying in Not-for-Profit Educational Institutions with Respect to Books and Periodicals
  • Appendix B: Guidelines for Educational Uses of Music 
  • Appendix C: Guidelines for Off-Air Recording of Broadcast Programming for Educational Purposes
  • Appendix D: Model Policy Concerning College and University Photocopying for Classroom, Research, and Library Reserve Use 
  • Appendix E: CONTU Guidelines on Photocopying under Interlibrary Loan Arrangements

About the Author

Carrie Russell

Carrie Russell was the copyright specialist and director of public access to information at the ALA Policy and Advocacy Office in Washington, DC for more than twenty years. During her tenure, she had the opportunity to work on major copyright issues including the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the TEACH Act, music modernization legislation, an international treaty to increase access to information for people with print disabilities, ebook business models, Google Book Search, and several mind-numbing government rulemakings. Previously, she was an academic librarian at the University of Arizona in an active team environment. She is the author of Complete Copyright: An Everyday Guide for Librarians and Complete Copyright: An Everyday Guide for K-12 Librarians and Educators which won the ABC-Clio/Greenwood Award for Best Book in Library Literature in 2013. Today, Carrie is busy reading and writing, swimming, cooking, and renovating her kitchen.

"Copyright law—and publications in general—have changed in the last dozen years, so Russell’s new edition is a welcome update from the 2012 version ... The writing is clear, informative, engaging, and professional. This is one book on copyright that users may want to read through cover-to-cover, not just consult.”
— Booklist

Praise for the first edition

"An excellent resource that both corrects longstanding misconceptions about copyright among educators, and supplies a coherent, step-by-step approach to solving copyright conundrums within school communities."
— Public Libraries