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Today: Copyright Law Book Available for School Librarians and Educators

Complete Copyright BookThis has been a good week for Carrie Russell, director of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Program on Public Access to Information. In addition to securing a guest spot on NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show on August 21, 2012, the ALA released Complete Copyright for K—12 Librarians and Educators, a copyright law guidebook specifically written for teachers and librarians. The book, put forth by the Office for Technology Policy, addresses the challenges that school librarians and teachers face concerning copyright-protected print and online materials at schools and outside of the traditional educational environment.

The book, which includes original illustrations by cartoonist Jessica Abel, explores complex situations often encountered in classrooms, such as the use of copyrighted material for school assignments, library operations, extracurricular activities and on the Web.

“Carrie weaves together the intricacies of the law with practical applications so that practitioners can use the book’s material in their schools and libraries easily,” said Helen Ruth Adams, a member of the OITP Advisory Committee and a faculty member at Mansfield University. “And the fabulous layout and great readability make it hard to put the book down.”

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Jazzy Wright is a former press officer of the Washington Office.

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