Carrie Russell's updated copyright guidance for K–12 librarians and educators

For Immediate Release
Wed, 05/31/2023


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing & Media

American Library Association


CHICAGO — Previously awarded The ABC-CLIO Greenwood Award for the Best Book in Library Literature, Carrie Russell’s new second edition of “Complete Copyright for K–12 Librarians and Educators,” published by ALA Editions, will encourage readers to stop allowing their fear of copyright issues to limit how and what they share or teach, and instead be more involved in shaping copyright law to better serve their learning community. Through scenario-based discussions, it covers key topics such as:

  • the reasons librarians and teachers have so many misconceptions about copyright, and why understanding copyright is a process, not a one-time event;
  • recent legislative and policy developments that impact schools and libraries; 
  • situations often encountered by educators, such as using copyrighted material in class assignments, digital lesson plans, bulletin board displays, social media, school plays, and band performances and talent shows;
  • the use of licensed content in a variety of settings;
  • what constitutes "fair use," so that readers can be empowered by knowing exactly what's possible within the law; and
  • guidance on making long-term strategic decisions and developing copyright policies.

Russell was the copyright specialist and director of public access to information at the ALA Policy and Advocacy Office in Washington, DC for more than twenty years. During her tenure, she had the opportunity to work on major copyright issues including the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the TEACH Act, music modernization legislation, an international treaty to increase access to information for people with print disabilities, ebook business models, Google Book Search, and several intricate government rulemakings. Previously, she was an academic librarian at the University of Arizona in an active team environment.

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