Friday, October 3, 2008

How are librarians responsible?

I've gotten a lot of questions about how librarians can be held responsible for teachers who decide to copy graphics, so I found this great site: According to this site, librarians can be held accountable in two ways. One way is that they are "aiding" a teacher by lending them the material (Salemo). They also are involved due to "chain of command" (Salemo). There are fines involved as well, although I'm not sure how they decide who was involved. I'll have to look for more information about how they determine a librarian is partly responsible, and I'll let you know what I find out!

Resource Used:
Salemo, Chris. "Info. for Librarians: Critical Issues on Federal Copyright Legislation". 8 Oct. 2008 <>.


J. Urick said...

I think it would be great for school librarians to do a preemptive stick at the beginning of school years letting teachers know some general rules about copyright laws. They may not be experts, but at least they will get a notice and be aware of it!


Erica said...

I think j. urick makes a great point. :) Agreed!

Cloudscome said...

That is a great site you linked to. I am currently working on getting teachers more informed about what they are allowed to do under copyright. I think we need to really be good examples to our students if we are going to expect them to turn in their own work - not just copied and pasted from Internet sites. I am surprised a bit that teachers don't see this automatically but I guess I shouldn't be. We all find it easy to copy and paste these days, don't we?

LeeAnn said...

Thanks for the site. Very informative.