Smart Copyright Compliance for Schools: A How-To-Do-It Manual

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Make sure your school district stays within the law! Use this authoritative guide to set up and maintain a copyright compliance program. You'll learn how to

  • Define copyright compliance and establish procedures 
  • Involve/meet with all stakeholders 
  • Write or update a copyright policy 
  • Conduct training sessions 
  • Develop auditing processes and procedures 
  • Maintain copyright compliance district-wide 

Superintendents, school administrators, teachers, technology coordinators, aides, school boards, and especially library media specialists will find this resource invaluable.

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.

"The book is geared toward K-12 school districts, but would definitely be a valued addition to school teachers', librarians', and curriculum coordinators' reading lists. It is a must-have addition for school libraries, and a welcome resource for public libraries. The material is well-organized with excellent content section, list of figures, and in-depth analysis."
--Library Collections, Acquisitions, and Technical Services
"Not just another library-related guide to copyright law ... This title will be useful to anyone wishing to institute formal copyright compliance procedures, and is recommended for the professional collections at secondary schools and for libraries at schools of library science."
--Catholic Library World
"Vital material .... a valuable addition to any professional collection. Recommended."
--Library Media Connection
"The clean layout with wide margins makes for easy reading. An excellent addition to the professional shelf."
"Butler's copyright compliance manual is simply written ... Useful in a K-12 academic context."
--Legal Information ALERT
"Clearly written with practical suggestions and examples ... an excellent tool."
"A valuable work not only for the first read but as a reference to refer to again and again."
"A must for any administrator not fully up to date with modern copyright law."
--Midwest Book Review