Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Complete Copyright for K-12 Librarians and Educators

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Complete Copyright for K-12 Librarians and Educators

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Complete Copyright for K-12 Librarians and Educators. By Carrie Russell. Chicago: ALA, 2012. 192p. Paper $50 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-1083-2). Also available as an e-book.

As a librarian, do you need to care about copyright law? Carrie Russell's newest book on the subject is a plea for librarians and schoolteachers to become familiar with copyright law so that we will stop shortchanging our constituencies. In her view, the less we know, the greater our tendency to be overly conservative, thereby denying our students or patrons access to materials that probably are permissible under copyright law. Is there a painless way to find answers to our questions on copyright? No, not really. She eschews the idea that checklists can really serve any meaningful purpose. Instead, she aims to empower librarians with information so that they are prepared when new challenges arise. To that end, she does an excellent job of guiding readers through the basic framework of copyright law, citing court cases, the United States Code, and other official sources without inundating the reader with legalese. She clearly understands the needs of her audience inside and out. Each chapter is loaded with examples applicable to the kind of work that librarians do every day at every kind of library. …

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