ACRL Books Exploring Fair Use/Fair Dealing

Catch up on your reading during Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week! As we celebrate these essential limitations and exceptions to copyright law, today we’re showcasing ACRL books that explore the ins and outs of copyright. Check them out so you can be part of the conversation.

Copyright Conversations: Rights Literacy in a Digital World, edited by Sara R. Benson

The expert copyright librarians collected in Copyright Conversations address complex legal issues at the intersection of copyright and information literacy. As the scholarly communications universe continues to change and expand, it’s increasingly important for librarians to understand and be able to advise on complicated copyright issues in an accessible and relatable matter. Everyday copyright law affects the way academic libraries provide information to students, researchers, and faculty, as well as librarians own use of research materials. The book’s four sections—Copyright Librarians’ Role and Advocacy, Education, Research and Policy, and International Issues—provide detailed explanations of the issues and considerations and offer prescriptive tips and advice for teaching and applying the information.

Scholarship in the Sandbox: Academic Libraries as Laboratories, Forums, and Archives for Student Work, edited by Amy S. Jackson, Cindy Pierard, and Suzanne M. Schadl

The case studies collected here address the innovative ways that libraries are actively occupying more central space on campus as practical laboratories outside of the classroom. Authors describe efforts to curate student work, explore intellectual property issues, and provide tips for promoting and preserving access to this production through new programming and services that affirm libraries’ roles in intellectual processes. The cases demonstrate collective learning in a sandbox environment where the answers are far less important than the multiplicity of prospective solutions, and present several models for providing a supportive environment in which students, teaching faculty, and librarians can practice, explore, fail at, and refine their academic work through collaboration.

Institutional Repositories: CLIPP #44, compiled and written by Brighid M. Gonzales

Institutional Repositories focuses exclusively on institutional repositories at colleges and small universities by collecting relevant survey data about the planning, funding, staffing, and implementation of repositories at these institutions, as well as documentation on best practices, policies, guidelines, and other information germane to the deployment of an institutional repository in an environment focused primarily on teaching. In six sections—Introduction, Literature Review and Bibliography, Analysis and Discussion of Survey Results, CLIPP Survey with Results, Additional Resources, and Sample Documents—Institutional Repositories collects some of the techniques and solutions unique to their size that colleges and small universities have found, including shifting the focus of collection to student research, joining other schools in consortiums to offset costs, creative combinations for staffing, and creating new methods for increasing faculty participation.

Applying Library Values to Emerging Technology: Decision-Making in the Age of Open Access, Maker Spaces, and the Ever-Changing Libraryedited by Peter D. Fernandez and Kelly Tilton, available for purchase and as an open access edition

This book offers a wide range of perspectives on how to interpret and apply library values in the context of emerging technologies, with authors including academic librarians, public librarians, and professors, and contributors from the Library Freedom Project, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Free Ebook Foundation, Creative Commons, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Tor Project, the Center for Information Policy Research, and the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education. Applying Library Values to Emerging Technology will help all librarians develop a more nuanced understanding of both the technology and the profession’s values, and help ensure that our values are realized in our decisions.

Open and Equitable Scholarly Communications: Creating a More Inclusive Future, prepared by Nancy Maron and Rebecca Kennison with Paul Bracke, Nathan Hall, Isaac Gilman, Kara Malenfant, Charlotte Roh, and Yasmeen Shorish, available for purchase and as an open access edition

Open and Equitable Scholarly Communications is an action-oriented research agenda designed to provide practical, actionable information for academic librarians; include the perspectives of historically underrepresented communities in order to expand the profession’s understanding of research environments and scholarly communication systems; and point librarians and other scholars toward important research questions to investigate.

Vist the ACRL website for a full catalog of publications, including open access titles and books available for purchase, and stay tuned during Fair Use Week for more learning opportunities covering issues in fair use and scholarly communication.