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Who owns culture? An introduction to copyright for undergraduate students

We are excited to offer our next CopyTalk webinar about teaching undergraduates about copyright. Sounds like a tall order, but these undergraduates actually choose to take a semester-length copyright course as an elective. Tammy Ravas will discuss her multidisciplinary approach to teaching copyright, outline the topics taught in the course,…

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Archive: “Copyright Librarian Starter Kit” webinar now available

An archived copy of the CopyTalk webinar “Copyright Librarian Starter Kit” originally webcast on February 1, 2018 is now available. Our speaker Emilie Algenio, Copyright/Fair Use Librarian for the Texas A&M University Libraries, described her method and process for becoming a copyright librarian and provided helpful tips to other incoming…

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Free webinar: Building Local Communities with Social Media

Libraries have been serving as community cornerstones for decades. They act as education centers, meeting spaces, and hubs of innovation. Every librarian has dozens of stories about the ways they meet user needs, be it through job skills training, providing support for returning veterans, early literacy programs, or access to…

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White House budget proposal continues to miscalculate the value of libraries

In its FY2019 budget released today, the White House proposed eliminating the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and hundreds of millions of dollars dedicated to America‚Äôs libraries through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). The decision echoes the FY 2018 proposal, which also eliminated the grant-making agency…

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ALA president welcomes FY2018 federal budget agreement, applauds library advocates

Today Congress passed and the president signed an FY2018 budget deal that will likely include at least level funding for federal library programs at FY2017 levels. Below is the statement of ALA President Jim Neal: We are pleased that Congress has passed an FY2018 spending agreement that includes an increase…

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