Copyright for teachers and librarians

For Immediate Release
Tue, 05/20/2014


Dan Freeman

eLearning Manager

ALA Publishing

ALA Publishing

CHICAGO ALA Editions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse Copyright for Teachers and Librarians. Rebecca P. Butler will serve as the instructor for a four-week facilitated eCourse starting on July 7, 2014.

To create media-rich presentations and lessons, librarians and educators often turn to content created by others, wading into the murky waters of copyright. In this eCourse, expert educator Butler will guide you through the specific applications of U.S. copyright law common to workshops, lesson plans, tutorials and other presentations. You will learn how to assert your “fair use” rights and also how to efficiently seek permission from rights holders when necessary.  For reference during and after the course, your purchase includes the PDF version of Butler’s "Copyright for Teachers and Librarians in the 21st Century."

After participating in this eCourse, you will be able to:

  • recognize and react to possible copyright restrictions of concern for presenters and teachers;
  • explain the “fair use doctrine” and the four criteria which determine “fair use”;
  • interpret copyright law in terms of various presentation media;
  • obtain permission or licenses to use various copyright-protected media;
  • navigate and submit internet release forms.

eCourse outline

Week 1: Introduction to Copyright Law for Teachers and Librarians

  • Introduction to copyright law
    • Copyright defined and reviewed in terms of conferences, workshops, tutorials, and instruction
    • Fair use and the classroom and library exemptions
    • Public domain
  • Print and non-print, digital and analog media used in presentations and teaching
  • Relationship between plagiarism and copyright
Week 2: Important Basics
  • Permissions and licenses
  • Clearing houses
  • International law
  • Orphan works
  • Open sourcing 
  • Interlibrary loan
  • Registering works with the U.S. Copyright Office
  • Guidelines vs. law
Week 3: Recognizing Possible Copyright Infringements and Violations
  • Infringements and violations
    • Defined
    • Avoiding
  • Internet release forms
Week 4: Presentations and Teaching: How to use Copyright Law to Your Advantage
  • The legal way
  • It doesn’t have to be difficult
  • Work for hire
  • Digital uses
    • Social networking tools
    • Web pages
    • Blogs and wikis
    • Alternative universes
  • Specialized information as needed by class participants

About the Instructor

Rebecca P. Butler is a presidential teaching professor in the Department of Educational Technology, Research, and Assessment, College of Education, at Northern Illinois University (NIU) in DeKalb, Ill. A frequent presenter on copyright, she is the author of "Copyright for Teachers and Librarians in the 21st Century and Smart Copyright Compliance for Schools: A How-To-Do-It Manual."

Registration for this ALA Editions facilitated eCourse, which begins on July 7, can be purchased at the ALA Store. Participants in this course will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message board participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (MP3 files) and downloading and viewing PDF and PowerPoint files.

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