It is officially the end of the term! I hope everyone learned something this summer. I know I did!
The library will be closed on Monday (Sept. 2) for Labor Day. We are open 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday (Sept. 3). Regular hours will resume on Wednesday (Sept. 4).
Enjoy the break. When you return next Wednesday, a whole new crop of students will be on campus! We hope to see you soon.
The library recently purchased a new book Copyright Questions and Answers for Information Professionals by Laura N. Gasaway. The book is written in question and answer style, and is also indexed for easier searching. In the short time I have been here, I have already had some copyright questions. Copyright is something which we all have to navigate, and we all share the responsibility of being informed.
One question that has come up repeatedly regards the use of YouTube videos in student classroom presentations. According to Gasaway (2013), links to material open to all on the web, even deep links, are not a violation of copyright. Therefore, including a hyperlink in a presentation, is likely not a copyright violation, especially if the presenter is clear that he/she is linking to a video online and not passing it off as his/her work. If the presentation is being videotaped for wider distribution, then there are possible copyright concerns. Using software to copy the video off the internet and imbed it in the presentation, however, is a copyright issue.
I find it interesting that since YouTube can often be the source of copyright questions, it can be the answer to copyright questions, as well. YouTube has a clear language definition of copyright on its website – http://www.youtube.com/yt/copyright/what-is-copyright.html.
Copyright is a complicated issue, but we can work together to answer any questions you may have. Gasaway’s book is located in the library reference section. See the library staff if you need help with this or any other library issue. We look forward to helping you soon!
Our current library display highlights the memoir. Not just a biography, but also a narrative about the author’s life, a memoir can be fun to read. Told from the author’s point-of-view, a memoir can give us additional insight into historical events or periods of time. This month our display includes a wide variety of titles. From Ice by actor and rapper Ice-T, to a stolen life by Jaycee Dugard, to A Mighty Long Way by Carlotta Walls LaNier (one of the “Little Rock Nine”), we have tried to include something for everyone. Check out a memoir today!
We recently added the book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead to our King’s College Library collection. I know there will be some who dismiss this book as being all hype. However, I wanted to take a moment to discuss why we added this book, and why I am excited that we did.
I became interested in Lean In and, conversely, in Sheryl Sandberg, when the “buzz” started last spring, just before the release of the book. I knew there was a chance it was hype, but I was so intrigued I ordered the book upon release anyway (for my personal collection). To my great pleasure, I found that it was not hype, but that Sandberg had something substantial and relevant to impart.
Far from writing a “rah-rah” cheerleading piece, Sandberg delivers a well thought out analysis of the obstacles women encounter in the workforce. Her advice includes ways women make mistakes and outlines how women can correct those mistakes through different choices and behaviors, as well as detailing the institutional barriers that prevent women from succeeding through no fault of their own. While this may come across to some as blaming women for their acceptance of their current situations, it can’t be denied that it is also empowering for women to have a plan of action to improve their situation.
As the COO of Facebook, Sandberg knows of what she speaks. She has had to juggle kids, marriage, and a high-powered (and high-visibility) position. She speaks candidly of the challenges she has faced. Sandberg’s authenticity shines through in each of her anecdotes. It’s also worth noting that the profit generated by Lean In is going to LeanIn.org, a non-profit organization focused on supporting women in realizing their ambitions.
I believe this book has something to offer everyone – men and women. I believe at King’s College we have a similar goal of assisting women in their pursuit of careers. I believe it is an important book to offer our students, as it facilitates an important discussion that needs to commence, and that leanin.org is an important resource to explore at this time. Come see what all the fuss is about. Lean In is in and ready to be checked out!