Resource: A copyright primer

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American Libraries has a great summary of copyright, as in who holds the copyright of any work you create when employed for someone else. “Copyright for Librarians and Teachers, in a Nutshell” is a must-read for anyone who works in a library or school, or anywhere else.

If you create a graphic or whitepaper for your place of employment, do you get to take it with you? Do you own it or does your employer? “The employer holds the copyright when you create the works on the job, using school resources and technology, and receive a regular paycheck with Social Security and insurance deductions.” Now you know.


Links, posts and stories you may have missed: April 11


District Dispatch has an interesting article about the new Copyright Alert System. The post attempts to explain the three stage warning system. 


Anyone who works in an urban library system knows that the word “homeless” impacts libraries in a big way these days. I found a few articles related to this topic this month. 

How Public Libraries Have Become Spare Homeless Shelters (Hard Times USA)” discusses the vital role libraries now play as a safe place for those who have no other options. In particular this article talks about libraries that are actually providing staff whose job it is reach out to homeless customers to connec them with necessary social services. 

The American Library Association recently hosted a webinar entitled “Extending Our Reach: Reducing Homelessness Through Library Engagement.” The recording of the webinar is still available online at the Office for Literacy and Outreach Services website


Links, posts and stories you may have missed: March 14

10 Online Privacy Tips for Librarians” has a good round-up of common sense (and not-so-common) tips to keep your privacy and information safe.  The list includes: Change Your Passwords and Make them Secure, Password-Protect Your Devices, Beware of Free Public WiFi, Edit Your Privacy Settings, and Don’t Respond to Spammers at All.

Need help figuring out if that image you created for your library belongs to you or the library? Check out “Copyright for Librarians and Teachers, in a Nutshell” from American Libraries Magazine. It’s a great place to start. 

Public Relations
A summary of the PR session at ALA Midwinter is the focus of “The Digital Revolution of PR” at American Libraries.

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