"[T]his volume provides a wealth of information for all librarians dealing with copyright." Library Journal, Starred Review
Copyright situations in libraries can get complicated. How do librarians know how much they can copy? Is everything in libraries fair use? Can librarians let people show movies in the library? Do new services like 3D printing involve copyright? Should librarians always say ‘no’ when patrons want to copy something? Finding the answers can be time-consuming, but with copyright policies and workflows in place, those answers are at the fingertips of librarians. Knowing how to create and implement copyright policies will make it much easier to address the copyright situations that come up in your library. Librarians and those who work in libraries can use this book to get good information and practical advice on both copyright basics and policies. The book is different from other books about copyright in libraries because it focuses on more than the rules of copyright. It goes further by guiding librarians and information professionals on how to incorporate the rules into policies, procedures, and workflows. With this book, librarians and information professionals will be able to craft a copyright policy that will enable them to answer complicated copyright questions quickly and easily. The book includes sample policies from all types of libraries: academic, public, government, and private. The book covers how to implement a policy and ways to assess its effectiveness. Copyright Policies and Workflows in Libraries will help you understand
Mower has written an outstanding guide to copyright issues. One of the book’s strengths is its substantial range and depth of information on copyright. Mower breaks down the basic principles of copyright that are relevant to libraries, explains what is and isn’t protected by copyright, and offers advice for developing a copyright policy (start with an existing policy, think about where the library fits in a broader context, and find others with whom to collaborate). Mower explains often-complicated copyright barriers in digestible, easy-to-understand language, making the book ideal for readers unfamiliar with the subject. She also offers guidance on the challenge of translating copyright policies into workflow design. Featuring samples of procedures and policies, this volume provides a wealth of information for all librarians dealing with copyright.
Most librarians have a conceptual grasp of copyright but a less developed understanding of provisions within the US Code that allow them to balance the competing interests of rights holders and information users: in particular, the sections addressing fair use, library and archive reproduction, and teaching. Mower (Univ. of Utah, Marriott Library) recognizes the need for established policy and workflow to prepare all librarians in advance for the inevitable copyright questions. Copyright is not a one-size-fits-all concept. Neither should the approach to navigating it be a uniform one. Mower draws distinctions between the various types of copyright issues that can arise in selected library settings. Information requirements differ greatly across school, academic, public, and special library constituencies—but what they all share is a need for guidance on navigating copyright. This slim, five-chapter handbook offers a roadmap for policy-making (which is a prerequisite for decision-making) and copyright workflow practices, no matter the library type. As it is a truly concise handbook with a unique objective, librarians in all settings will get immediate, practical use out of this guide. Included are numerous sample copyright policies and references to tools for fielding copyright issues. . . Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and professionals.
Copyright law is challenging to interpret. As a result, it can be difficult for library employees and patrons to know with confidence whether they are operating within its bounds. Copyright Policies and Workflows in Libraries: A Concise Handbook by Allyson Mower offers practical guidance intended to help libraries reduce some of this uncertainty through policies and workflows.… In simple prose, Mower balances the necessity of a case-by-case analysis for each use of copyrighted material with the kind of one-size-fits-all, prescriptive guidance library employees might crave…. Copyright Policies and Workflows in Libraries is a valuable addition to the corpus of literature on copyright law and its application in libraries and archives and fills a gap by addressing this topic from a policy and workflow perspective. The book is written for audiences in all types of libraries. It would be a wise purchase for libraries that are either revising or newly drafting a copyright policy and would be of particular benefit to those who are new to policy and workflow creation who may be unfamiliar with those forms of writing.
This concise book is a helpful overview of how to create and use copyright policies in a variety of library settings. Likely to be helpful to librarians unfamiliar with copyright law in reviewing and drafting copyright policies.