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21 Dec

Copyright
Copyright issues are among the most hotly contested issues in the legal and legislative world; billions of dollars are at stake. Legal principles and technological capabilities are constantly challenging each other and every outcome can directly affect the future of libraries.

Everyday copyright law affects the way libraries provide information to their users. The first sale doctrine enables libraries to lend books and other resources. Fair use allows for the use of copyrighted works for purposes of criticism, comment, news reporting, scholarship, or research. Libraries are permitted to make reproductions of copyrighted works for preservation and replacement purposes. And under copyright law, libraries can aid in the transformation and reproduction of copyrighted works for users with disabilities. As libraries advocate for user rights and access to information, it’s crucial to continue to address the emerging challenges posed at the intersection of technology, society, and law.

Copyright
The Digital Age presents new challenges to fundamental copyright doctrines that are legal cornerstones of library services. Libraries are leaders in trying to maintain a balance of power between copyright holders and users, in keeping with the fundamental principles outlined in the Constitution and carefully crafted over the past 200 years. In this role, we closely follow both federal and state legislation and make our voices heard when our issues are moving. Libraries are perceived as a voice for the public good and our participation is often sought in “friend of the court” briefs in important intellectual property cases. Our involvement extends to the international copyright arena where we also follow the treaties to which the U.S. is a signatory and which could influence the development of copyright changes at home.
This quote is fromteh American Library Associaiton.
Copyright issues are among the most hotly contested issues in the legal and legislative world; billions of dollars are at stake. Legal principles and technological capabilities are constantly challenging each other and every outcome can directly affect the future of libraries.

Everyday copyright law affects the way libraries provide information to their users. The first sale doctrine enables libraries to lend books and other resources. Fair use allows for the use of copyrighted works for purposes of criticism, comment, news reporting, scholarship, or research. Libraries are permitted to make reproductions of copyrighted works for preservation and replacement purposes. And under copyright law, libraries can aid in the transformation and reproduction of copyrighted works for users with disabilities. As libraries advocate for user rights and access to information, it’s crucial to continue to address the emerging challenges posed at the intersection of technology, society, and law.

 

Reference desk

18 Dec

I took a shift at the reference desk one cold morning last week. NIU is done and the public school students were in school. Who came to the reference desk– a woman asking for medical information before she went to the doctor, questions about the formatting in Word, questions about logging onto the Internet, questions about income tax forms, questions about Inter Library Loan. All of these people did not have access to the Internet at home. I wonder how many households in DeKalb do not have broadband access.

 

Director’s Cut Book Club

18 Dec

Have you read the Steig Larsson trilogy? I tried to get someone fromteh swedish consulate to discuss the Olaf Palme assassination but no luck. So we’ll discuss it ourselves at the first Director’s Cut Book Club December 27 and 28.

 

tuckpointing

18 Dec

The tuckpointing is almost clomplete. We had such a lovely fall that everythign except some of the flshing is done. And the building is clean. The 80th birthday will showcase this beautiful building.
In the meantime, we are doing some more capital improvements this spring. Teh first oen will be insulaating and soundproofing the server “closet”.

 

Snow

13 Dec

We closed the library yesterday due to the inclement weather. If you had books due, there will be no fines.

 

Christmas shopping

13 Dec

We received a gift through our website donation today that is intended as a Christmas present in honor of the donor’s grandparents. We called the donor and asked to what area of the collection should the donation be targeted. Consider the library and books with a nameplate as a lasting reminder.

 

Director’s Cut Book Club

10 Dec

I have loved facilitating book clubs here at the library. I want to periodically continue to have a book club for books that I love. The Steig Larson trilogy is a great example. I wrote to the Swedish consulate and asked if they could send someone to discuss the Olaf Palme assassination. Unfortuanley, they couldn’t. I do hope to find someone who can discuss and inform us about Sweden’s assassinations.

 

Programming

10 Dec

The Friends of the Library have a book sale every two months. Did you know that money goes to provide children’s programming especially during the summer?

 

Fiber Optic

10 Dec

Did you know that the DeKalb Public Library uses fiber optic for its high speed internet access? We switched to fiber optic about a year ago to provide faster service to our citizens.

 

Notary Public

08 Dec

There are three members of the staff who are Notary Publics. This is a free service of the library. Call first to make sure one is on duty when you need to have something notarized.

 
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