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Fair Use: What is it?

Fair Use: What is it?

To celebrate Fair Use Week (February 21-25, 2022) the IU East Campus Library is highlighting what fair use is and resources available that can help researchers determine if fair use applies to a given situation.  What is Fair Use? In US copyright law, fair use is the legal doctrine that allows brief excerpts of copyrighted material, under certain circumstances, to be quoted verbatim for purposes such as criticism, news reporting, teaching, and research, without the need for permission or payment from the copyright holder. Fair use is vitally important to creativity, teaching and scholarship, and innovation. It is a fundamental right, and thanks to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, it is considered by the Supreme Court to be a “first amendment … Continued
Open Educational Resources (OER): Adding Diversity and Inclusion to the Classroom

Open Educational Resources (OER): Adding Diversity and Inclusion to the Classroom

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a day of reflection and inspiration. It has us thinking more closely about equity and inclusion in our work in the library, and in particular, how we can support classroom endeavors in this cause. One way we can do this is to support the use and development of Open Educational Resources. We often discuss how Open Educational Resources (OER) can be easily adapted to suit the needs of the students and the instructor and how they can be a more affordable (free!) option for students  in comparison to traditional textbooks. However, it is also important to highlight that because OER can be remixed, revised, and shared freely, they can be used as an agent … Continued
Looking forward to reading…

Looking forward to reading…

As another year comes to an end, there are lots of “best” books lists of 2021 to look back on, that you can look forward to reading! From mystery, thriller, fantasy, and horror to memoir & autobiographies, poetry, and graphic novels, this 2021 Goodreads Choice Awards voted the best in 17 genres/categories. The 2021 Mighty Women Reading List features biographies and memoirs about remarkable women of the past and present. Search science, travel, photography, food, and more with the Best Books of 2021 list from the Smithsonian Magazine. Wonder what writers are reading? The Guardian’s Best Books Picked by Guest Authors provides insight into what authors like to read when they are not working on their next book. Find over … Continued
Electronic Records: Preserve to protect

Electronic Records: Preserve to protect

Electronic records are a major part of our personal and professional lives, from the creative and academic work we publish online via journals, blogs, and social media platforms to the meeting minutes and published policies of individual groups, committees, and organizations. The majority of work is now online and we need to act in order to preserve it, the same as for physical materials. There is even an official day to recognize the importance of electronic records – Electronic Records Day, celebrated annually in October. This is a day dedicated to raising awareness among the general public, government agencies, and public institutions on the importance of preserving electronic records. Archivist Beth South is currently working on several initiatives to preserve … Continued
Library Resource: HeinOnline Trial

Library Resource: HeinOnline Trial

Since Fall 2020, the Campus Library has had a trial of the database HeinOnline. We have had some good usage of the database, but our trial will end on June 30th so we want to remind IU East-affiliated students and faculty that they can use it until then. HeinOnline has a lot of similarities to NexisUni, with a large emphasis on state and federal case law. It provides 300+ years of information on political development and the complete history of the creation of government and legal systems around the world. HeinOnline’s main focus may be on law, history, and politics, but with over 2,900 journals in its collection, there are intersections with subject areas such as education, psychology, political science, … Continued