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.
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.
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.