Copyright for Teachers and Librarians in the 21st Century

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Here is a practical copyright handbook designed to help librarians, media specialists, technology coordinators and specialists, and teachers stay within copyright law while making copyrighted print, non-print, and Web sources available to students and others.  Library educator Rebecca Butler explains fair use, public domain, documentation and licenses, permissions, violations and penalties, policies and ethics codes, citations, creation and ownership, how to register copyrights, and gives tips for staying out of trouble. 
She explains copyright considerations for the web, television, videos and DVDs, computer software, music, books, magazines, and journals--materials that can create a day-to-day challenge for educators and require this resource's careful guidance. Up-to-date coverage includes:
  • iPods and other hand-held devices (including cell phones that access the Internet)
  • blogs, wikis, Pod-casts, RSS feeds and Nings
  • Second Life and other Internet world environments
  • social networks (FaceBook, MySpace, Twitter, etc.)
  • Moodle, Skype, and similar digital communication tools
  • social bookmarking, web syndication and video streaming
  • TIVO and similar systems
  • deep-linking
  • computer, video games and gaming
  • Open-sourcing / Creative Commons
Butler also covers how to deal with those who would have you break the law; orphan works; file sharing; distance education; digital rights management; the law: classroom exemption, handicap exemption, library exemption, other important federal exemptions in the K-12 schools, parodies, and state laws; copyright lawsuits; relationship of plagiarism to copyright; and copyright and privacy.
Both a self-education tool and a practical guide, the book makes clear just what teachers and librarians can and cannot do in the classroom or library. Essential background is provided for everything from the basic concepts of copyright law to specific applications of it for various types of media. Figures and flowcharts throughout make the book easy to follow and understand. Appendices feature U.S. copyright law excerpts and resources for further information.

Rebecca P. Butler

Rebecca P. Butler is a Presidential Teaching Professor in the Department of Educational Technology, Research, and Assessment, College of Education, at Northern Illinois University (NIU) in DeKalb, Illinois. At NIU, she teaches graduate (master's and doctoral) students in school library media and instructional technology. Prior to moving to NIU in 1998, she was an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at East Tennessee State University (ETSU). While a faculty member at NIU and ETSU, she has conducted a variety of workshops, conferences, and graduate classes on the topic of copyright. Although the majority has been geared for K-12 teachers and school librarians, she has also done numerous presentations on the subject for university faculty and staff; public, medical, museum, and other librarians; technology coordinators; and more.Dr. Butler has written numerous articles and columns on copyright, for a number of library and technology professional journals, including: Knowledge Quest, the journal of the American Association of School Librarians; TechTrends, the journal of the Association of Educational Communications and Technology; School Libraries Worldwide, the journal of the International Association of School Librarians; and Library Trends, a library and information science journal. She has written two other copyright books, both published by Neal-Schuman, Copyright for Teachers and Librarians (2004) and Smart Copyright Compliance for Schools: A How-To-Do-It Manual (2009). In addition, she has served as a reviewer (2006) for the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.

"This textbook clearly answers questions about a complicated issue for K-12 teachers and librarians. The first part of the book discusses general concepts associated with copyright law; the second part discusses specific applications of copyright law … Recommended."
--Library Media Connection
 "The flowcharts throughout the book ... take all the technical information and simplify them for easier understanding and decision making … a well thought-out guide to a complex topic … highly recommended for all school and public libraries."
 “The thoughtful layout, question-answer format, and clear flowcharts contribute to this title’s readability and usefulness. Given how quickly technology changes, this title deserves a place on professional-reading shelves.”