Library Advocates

ALA Washington Office

The American Library Association's Washington Office tumblr. We post about federal policies that affect libraries, including copyright, privacy and access. We also post about ebooks and, admittedly, the occasional library fluff.

Library Advocates

Oct 1
“The purpose of the copyright law is to advance learning by enabling the broad dissemination of knowledge, creative works, and information. Educators are stewards of that purpose for their educational or library community. This means not only that educators and librarians should care about copyright, they’re responsible for defending the educational mission that’s key to the purpose of the law. As professionals, educators and librarians must demonstrate their strong support of users’ rights to information. One way to do this—understand the exceptions allowed for educators and librarians—and exercise those options. Don’t break the law, but don’t spurn creativity and learning.” Carrie Russel, author of Complete Copyright for K–12 Librarians and Educators,  a useful tool to help school librarians and teachers better understand copyright law.

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