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CMLE Presents: Copyright – Us, Use, and Users

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iStock_000014864782LargeCopyright – Us, Use, and Users

Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Place: Stearns History Museum

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Written by John

October 31, 2014 at 12:41 pm

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Recommended App: A Day in the Market

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A Day in the Market app iconRecently, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) came out with their 25 Best Apps for Teaching & Learning for 2014.  The apps were chosen because they foster innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration.

One of these apps is A Day in the Market (Araw sa Palengke).  This interactive book allows readers to help the main character, a young girl, get dressed and ride the bus to the market.  At the market, readers help her shop, sort food, and witness the goings-on of the Filipino market.  AASL’s tip?  “Introduce this multi-cultural picture book app to foreign language students learning the Filipino language,” as the story can be read in both English and Filipino.

The app is available on iOS ($2.99) Android (free), and is recommended for grades K-2.  Both of the iOS and Android links will have screenshots like this one:

a day in the market screenshot

Written by Theresa

October 31, 2014 at 12:39 pm

Getting book recommendations: Librarians vs. Algorithms

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< - InformationWhat book should I read next?

This is a question that many of us ask ourselves everyday. In the end, who do you turn to for an answer to that question? A Librarian? Or the computer algorithms of Amazon or Goodreads? This debate is the crux of the discussion in a recent article by Jessica Leber. In it she talks about Library book recommendation services that are springing up across the country. “[L]ibraians believe that human tastes and discretion are still relevant, even as automated algorithms are influencing an increasing portion of the media we consume…” Leber puts a book recommendation service, offered at the Brooklyn Public Library, to the test against Goodreads. In the end she suggests that the debate “… may be less about the method and more about the motive. One is commercial, the other is not.”

Where is your next book recommendation coming from?

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Written by John

October 31, 2014 at 10:38 am

Australia’s sitcom ‘The Librarians’

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The LibrariansThe Librarians,’ an Australian sitcom, is available to watch on Hulu.  The Hulu page has a brief introduction:

Frances O’Brien is the highly-strung Head Librarian of the Middleton Interactive Learning Centre, and is completely insensitive to the needs of her eclectic group of employees and the public in general.”

A glance at the comments on Hulu will let you know that it is a show you either love or hate.  Check it out and let us know what you think of the show in the comments!

Written by Theresa

October 31, 2014 at 7:34 am

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CMLE Copyright Event!

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Nancy Sims, Copyright Librarian

Copyright – Us, Use, and Users

Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Place: Stearns History Museum, 235 So. 33rd Ave. St. Cloud, MN 56301


You asked for it, CMLE has responded! We are proud to present this event on copyright, and are very excited to welcome the very capable, well-versed, Nancy Sims to our region. Nancy is well-known for her practical way of making copyright understandable,  entertaining, and fun too!

Nancy will lead this customized workshop, which will focus on fair use and public domain as they relate to the use of existing materials. The information will be relevant to our own internal library uses, and relevant to assisting library users/teachers/faculty/and administration as well.

  • First, Nancy will focus on fair use,then she will lead us through strategies and exercises in sharpening our fair use analysis skills.
  • Pre-submitting some of your questions to Nancy’s Google form should help her target information to areas of particular interest, and help make the best use of time together. See your email for the link to the form. 
  • Q & A: There will be plenty of time throughout the event for asking questions.
  • We will also spend time learning about free materials that are definitely, 100% legally usable by us and by our users – including public domain materials, open scholarship, and materials available via Creative Commons and other open licenses. Return to the workplace armed with bullet proof sources you can use immediately with no worries!

Why Come? Public, K-12, academic, and special librarians are often called upon to make decisions about copyright  for themselves, their end users, and for their institutions. And, it is surprising how much all library types have in common around copyright. A 3rd-grade teacher seeking iPad activities for a science lesson faces many of the same issues as a college instructor who wants to share course readings with students online. A university archivist and a public library patron with an interest in genealogy may both benefit from knowing more about the public domain. And almost every facility that provides public copiers or scanners has at least one staff member with concerns about responsibility for others’ use of those facilities.

Feel free to also invite teachers, curriculum directors, tech integrationists, and others who may also be part of your copyright team. CMLE scholarships are readily available within the registration process for librarians and school media specialists from the central Minnesota region.

This session will provide information about general legal principles, professional ethics, and various practical approaches to copyright issues. However, no legal advice will be provided.

Learning outcomes for participants:

  • Strengthen understandings of copyright law concepts such as fair use, the public domain, and open licensing.
  • Explore personal and institutional orientations to risk and liability through a professional ethics lens.
  • Develop confidence applying legal concepts to example situations drawn from real-world library and teaching experiences.
  • Know how to locate and appropriately make use of “100% legal” materials for your own purposes, and those of people you support

Nancy Sims is a lawyer/librarian who is fascinated by the pervasiveness of copyright and licensing issues in modern life. She enjoys helping individuals, groups, and organizations understand how technology choices, copyright, and related legal and policy issues may affect their work, research, art, and everyday communications. She is currently the Copyright Program Librarian at the University of Minnesota Libraries, and also does consulting and speaking with library, education, and technology organizations and institutions around the country.

Sims Photo Credit: Matt Baxter


Written by Patricia Post

October 30, 2014 at 8:59 am

High tech, high touch personal library services

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Meredith Farkas is a faculty librarian at Portland (Oreg) Community College and a lecturer at San Jose State University’s School of Information. She recently did a blog post brimming with ideas about Cats and Dogs 59 how to make library end users feel a personal connection with their librarian of choice, and mitigate any fears of using the library. Her examples include academic and public libraries specifically. If terms like “personal librarian service” or “book recommendation ninja”, appeal to you, her post is worth a read. She also talks a bit about the how an Oregon library is humanizing readers’ advisory in a big way by using the My Librarian service.   Read Meredith’s post now at In Practice: High tech, high touch

Written by Patricia Post

October 29, 2014 at 12:22 pm

Librarians: fighting the fear of Ebola with information

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ebolaOn October 14th, Lib2Gov in partnership with iPAC hosted a free webinar to “teach participants how to find and share reliable health information.” The webinar, titled “Fighting Ebola and Infectious Diseases with Information: Resources and Search Skills Can Arm Librarians,” is archived here and slides here. Here is the webinar description:

“Recent outbreaks across the globe and in the U.S. have made us all aware of potential public health impacts of infectious disease. Librarians find themselves assisting their users in finding credible information sources on topics such as Ebola, Chikungunya and pandemic influenza. Tune into this presentation by librarians at the U.S. National Library of Medicine on how to find and share reliable information.”

Besides the resources above, the library at St. Cloud State recently published a subject guide on Ebola as well as Scientific American’s listing of resources might be useful.

Written by John

October 29, 2014 at 9:20 am


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