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Disinfecting circulating books
Disinfecting circulating books The Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) recommends a 24 to 48-hour quarantine of returned books as the safest and most effective way to disinfect them.
What is Fair Use?
Date: Mon, Mar 16, 2020 at 12:37 PM
Subject: Online or video story time and fair use.
I received your message about online story time. I’m the copyright specialist for ALA, and while I cannot provide you with legal advice, here is my professional opinion.
Because of exigent circumstances (the closing of library etc due to the virus), your use of online technology to deliver story time is a clear fair use, meaning that it is not an infringement to conduct these public performances.
Here is a good explanation of why this is true: https://kylecourtney.com/2020/03/11/covid-19-copyright-library-superpowers-part-i/
Some book publishers are making public statements that it’s okay for libraries to conduct online story time considering what is going on in the world. This is a very nice gesture but I want you to also understand, that even without publisher approval, this use is a fair use. The social benefits far outweigh any revenue that rights holders would otherwise collect.
Director Public Policy and Advocacy
ALA Washington Office
A Crisis - as in School Closures Due to Coronavirus—Justifies Fair Use, Say Librarians
Public Statement of Library Copyright Specialists: Fair Use & Emergency Remote Teaching & Research
Tackling Copyright Concerns When Taking Storytime Online
Publishers Adapt Policies To Help Educators
Author Kate Messner has a page to track publisher permissions for using their books for online storytimes.
Granted this is an article from a year ago, but we should be knowledgeable on all sides of the coin. No doubt, COVID-19 will impact court cases and copyright laws to come.
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Special Edition: Skills Training at Home
Check out the list of helpful, informative webinars at the link below.
I am sincerely hoping that the link above works for all librarians, not just those who have a membership in AASL. If you can't access the articles and documents, you might be able to find them online or through a database. The very first document (also available online) is what the present credentialing committee is using to revise the State Level Standards for library accreditation.
The link above is viewable for everyone because it is in Google Sheets.
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A LibGuide of sorts done in Googled Docs by David V. Loertscher, Fran Kompar and Carol Koechlin
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This gentleman explains how to compress video files so they can be shared easily and quickly.