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Rebecca P. Butler's Knowledge Quest series of “Social Responsibility” columns explains copyright issues to the clients of school librarians: students, teachers, administrators, parents, and community members. (AASL members - Metapress log in instructions)

  • "Obtaining Permission to Copy or Perform a Work, Part III, Revised 2006." Knowledge Quest 35, no. 5 (May/June 2007): 62-64.
  • "Obtaining Permission to Copy or Perform a Work, Part II, Revised 2006." Knowledge Quest 35, no. 3 (January/February 2007): 48-49.
  • "Obtaining Permission to Copy or Perform a Work, Part I, Revised 2006." Knowledge Quest 35, no. 2 (November/December 2006): 56-58.
  • "Social Responsibility: Are They Related? Copyright Versus Plagiarism." Knowledge Quest 34, no. 2 (November/December 2005): 50.
  • "Social Responsibility: Intellectual Property Defined." Knowledge Quest 34, no. 1 (September/October 2005): 41-42.
  • "Social Responsibility: Posting Students’ Work to the Web." Knowledge Quest 33, no. 4 (March/April 2005).
  • "Social Responsibility: Using Parodies for Teaching Purposes." Knowledge Quest 33, no. 3 (January/February 2005) 56-57.
  • "Social Responsibility: Workshop Handouts—Can I Share Them with My Colleagues?" Knowledge Quest 32, no. 2 (November/December 2004): 71-72.
  • "Social Responsibility: Using Popular Videos in an Educational Setting." Knowledge Quest 32, no. 1 (September/October 2004): 56-57.
  • "Social Responsibility: Copying Government Maps." Knowledge Quest 32, no. 5 (May/June 2004) 46-47.
  • "Social Responsibility: Web Page Construction and Copyright Law: How Much Do I Need to Know?" Knowledge Quest 32, no. 4 (March/April 2004): 41-42.
  • "Social Responsibility: Avoiding Copyright Violations When Using the Internet as an Information Source." Knowledge Quest 32, no. 3 (January/February 2004): 33-34.

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Bielefield, Arlene and Lawrence Cheeseman. Technology and Copyright Law: A Guidebook for the Library, Research, and Teaching Professions. 2d ed. New York: Neal-Schuman, 2007. ISBN 978-1555705701. In this updated edition, the authors discuss recent developments in the world of copyright, including legislation and case law. Although it sounds technical, the book also offers guidance for making copyright decisions in real situations.

Butler, Rebecca P. Copyright for Teachers and Librarians. Second Edition. New York: Neal-Schuman, 2011. ISBN 9781555707385. Here is a practical copyright handbook designed to help librarians, media specialists, technology coordinators and specialists, and teachers stay within copyright law while making copyrighted print, non-print, and Web sources available to students and others. Introduces copyright concepts and explores copyright applications for K-12 educators.

Crews, Kenneth D. Copyright Law for Librarians and Educators: Creative Strategies and Practical Solutions. 2d ed. Chicago: ALA Editions, 2006. ISBN 0-8389-0906-X. Attorney, librarian, researcher, and author Kenneth Crews focuses his expertise in this up-to-date reference designed to instruct today’s information providers and educators on the fundamentals of current copyright law.

Fishman, Stephen. The Public Domain: How to Find Copyright Free Writings, Music, Art, and More.5th Edition. Berkeley, CA: Nolo, 2010. ISBN 9781413312058. A useful guide for knowing what is legally in the public domain, covering many areas including written works, art, music, movies, television, photography, computer software, maps, and more.

Russell, Carrie. Complete Copyright for K–12 Librarians and Educators. Chicago: American Library Association, 2011. ISBN 978-0-8389-1083-2. School librarians and educators have specific copyright questions that are often glossed over in larger books on the subject. Now, thanks to best-selling copyright authority Carrie Russell, there’s a resource just for them, offering clear guidance for providing materials to students while carefully observing copyright law.

Simpson, Carol. Copyright Catechism: Practical Answers to Everyday School Dilemmas. Worthington, OH: Linworth Publishing, 2005. ISBN 1-58683-202-6. This book provides practical answers to educators’ questions regarding copyright. There is also a newer edition Copyright Catechism II: Practical Answers to Everyday School Dilemmas published in 2011.

Simpson, Carol and Weiser, Christine. Copyright for Administrators Santa Barbara, CA: Linworth/ABC-CLIO, 2008. ISBN 9781586833237. Everything the school administrator needs to know to stay legal and in compliance with copyright law! Written by a well-known expert in the field of copyright law and schools. Succintly organized to allow you to answer all your copyright questions quickly. Current, up-to-date, and cleary written so you don't have to wonder what is legal and what is not. Includes a glossary of terms and an easy-to-use index. This ready-reference guide for school administrators is short, to-the-point and factual. It includes a glossary to define terms like Public Performance and an index to help the administrator quickly find information as needed. Teacher-librarians who are also district librarians will appreciate the simple explanations.

Simpson, Carol. Copyright for Schools: A Practical Guide. 5th ed. Worthington, OH: Linworth Publishing, 2010. ISBN 978-1-58683-393-0. This book explains fair use; then illustrates copyright law for print materials, audiovisual, multimedia, satellite and distance learning, software and photocopying. It addresses issues of managing copyright in schools, copyright and the Internet, implications for administrators, and the importance of having a copyright policy.

Torrans, Lee Ann. Law for K-12 Libraries and Librarians. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2003. ISBN 1591580366. Five chapters of this book provide technical and detailed legal information about copyright for educators.

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District Dispatch: News for Friends of Libraries from the ALA Washington Office This is a source for the latest news.

ALA's Issues and Advocacy: Copyright Copyright issues are among the most hotly contested issues in the legal and legislative world; billions of dollars are at stake. Legal principles and technological capabilities are constantly challenging each other and every outcome can directly affect the future of libraries. This is ALA's page for information on the issue of copyright.

Copyright in a Copypaste World This site focused on digital ethics aggregates valuable resources around the web and contains links, tools for educators, and thought provoking questions for students.

Office for Information Technology Policy The Office for Information Technology Policy advances ALA’s public policy activities by helping secure information technology policies that support and encourage efforts of libraries to ensure access to electronic information resources as a means of upholding the public’s right to a free and open information society. It works to ensure a library voice in information policy debates and to promote full and equitable intellectual participation by the public.

United States Copyright Office Find official forms and publications related to copyright here, as well as searching for copyright records, and other official information.

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