ALA to host copyright webinar for educators and school librarians

For Immediate Release
Tue, 11/20/2012


Jazzy Wright

Press Officer

Washington Office (WASH)

American Library Association

800-545-2433 ext. 8208

CHICAGO — School librarians and educators have specific questions about copyright law but often find themselves without guidance on the subject in school environments. To address their copyright concerns, the American Library Association (ALA) will host Complete Copyright for K–12 Librarians and Educators, an interactive webinar created for educators and school librarians from 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012.

Best-selling copyright authority Carrie Russell will host the webinar and discuss common copyright concerns explored in her newly released book of the same title. Additionally, the webinar will offer clear guidance on ways that educators can legally provide materials to students. Webinar participants will learn about the following:

  • Copyright must-knows for librarians and educators;
  • Fair use;
  • Creation of the copyright law;
  • Use of copyright materials in school settings;
  • Copyrighted content in the social media age.

Russell, who is the director of ALA's Program on Public Access to Information, will explore scenarios often encountered by educators in schools, such as using copyrighted material in lesson plans, classroom assignments, school plays, band and orchestra performances and bulletin board displays. Participants are encouraged to ask questions about copyright law and fair use during the webinar.

We have reached the maximum number of registrants for the free webinar. However, the full webinar will be recorded and posted to District Dispatch after the session is complete. In the meantime, we encourage you to take a look at Carrie's book, Complete Copyright for K–12 Librarians and Educators.

Webinar participants will receive a 10 percent discount on their purchase of the book, Complete Copyright for K–12 Librarians and Educators.