Author Archives: Carrie Russell

School district kicks out fair use

empty teacher desk in classroom

I have an email folder called “sad, but true,” where I store weird news items, usually about copyright/fair use: The Irish daycare centers that were sued for showing DVDs at playschool, and each child was each charged a three euro penalty fee. The news that Rod Stewart was being sued over the rights to an image of his own head. ... Read More »

Be “more library” than ever

Vintage blue door sign, "Come In, We're Open"

In trying to make sense of the election results, a lot of people – including librarians – have wanted to “do” something to preserve democratic values. Increased civic engagement and advocacy is perhaps the obvious way to “do” something, but it is not effective unless many people are engaged, have a shared message and get off the couch. The March ... Read More »

CopyTalk webinar rescheduled

Coffee cup

  Due to technical difficulties, today’s CopyTalk webinar on the Section 108 video project has been rescheduled for January 5th at 2pm Eastern/11am Pacific. The URL for the rescheduled webinar is the same: http://ala.adobeconnect.com/copytalk/ For additional details about the planned webinar, please check out our previous post. Read More »

CopyTalk webinar: Section 108 video project

Shelves close-up of VHS archives

Starting in the late 1970s academic libraries built collections of VHS titles with an emphasis on supporting classroom teaching. On average, academic libraries have more than 3,000 VHS tapes.  Eclipsed by robust and rapid adoption of DVDs, the VHS era is now over. But a crisis is welling for libraries. Of the hundreds of thousands of VHS recordings commercially released, ... Read More »

Living in a bubble: Lawmakers clash with technology

Today the R Street Institute’s Zach Graves moderated “When Lawmakers Clash with Technology,” a panel discussion exploring the consequences of a technology-illiterate Congress. I think most people would understand that Congress (with everyone else they have going on) might not be early adopters of technology, but learning that some do not yet use e-mail is disconcerting. When asked to make ... Read More »