Thursday, April 02, 2020

Webinar Recording: Intro to Online Classes 7 Tips For Doing Well

I did this 30-minute webinar for DoSpace on March 23 and they have placed the recording on YouTube.

Description: Congratulations! Your classes have now moved online. Now what are you supposed to do? What do you need to do to succeed? We will discuss 7 tips that will help you stay on track and do well in your online classes, no matter what platform your classes are using. We will also have time for Q&A, so you can have your "what do I do now" questions answered.

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Free Webinar (April 3): Libraries and COVID-19: Considering Copyright during a Crisis

See below.  I'm honored to be part of this AL Live event with Lesley Ellen Harris and Kenneth Crews.

Registration for this event is limited. Please see below for more information.*

With most physical libraries around the country forced to close their doors, digital materials are more important than ever. The copyright issues involved with these materials can be difficult enough to process under normal circumstances; now they can seem even more overwhelming. Please join our expert panel as we discuss how libraries can address these challenges. We’ll also share practical tips and information about which digital content providers have loosened restrictions on their materials during this pandemic.

Our panel includes:

  • Lesley Ellen Harris, JD, is CEO of Harris is a copyright consultant, published author, copyright blogger, and educator. She is an expert in navigating current copyright issues. Her areas of concentration include US and Canadian copyright law, international copyright law, and licensing digital content.

  • Jill Hurst-Wahl is a consultant, speaker, writer, and educator. She is associate professor of practice in Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies and president of Hurst Associates, Ltd. A former corporate librarian, Hurst-Wahl has been an advocate for increasing the impact of libraries, no matter the type of community or organization they serve. She is a member of the USNY Technology Policy and Practices Council and the Onondaga County (N.Y.) Public Library board of trustees. Her focus includes copyright, the use of social media, and the future of the profession.

  • Kenneth D. Crews is an attorney, author, professor, and international copyright consultant. He has been a consultant to businesses, universities, and governments in many countries in all parts of the world and has received two national awards for his leadership on copyright issues. Crews’s practice centers on copyright, trademark, branding, and intellectual property law for diverse business, entertainment, and nonprofit clients. Crews works closely with clients regarding the complexities of their use and ownership of intellectual property, the strategic management of IP assets, and development programs of licenses, contracts, and policy positions. Clients include software developers, film producers, major research universities, independent authors, and publishers of books, journals, and multimedia products. Building on his academic background and diverse experiences, he has served as an expert witness in copyright litigation involving art, software, fashion design, and fair use at research universities.
*NOTE: Due to high demand, we are accepting up to 1,500 registrations for this event. Based on capacity, however, only the first 1,000 viewers to join the event will be able to attend live. We will be recording this event and will post the archive information to the American Libraries Live website as soon as it is available. We thank you for your patience. If you are unable to register, the archive information will be posted to

Tune in to this free 60-minute webcast at 1 p.m. Eastern on April 3. Don't miss out! Register now.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The Internet Archive and the National Emergency Library

The announcement from the Internet Archive got lost in the other news I'm receiving, but perhaps you had seen it.  The Internet Archive said:
To address our unprecedented global and immediate need for access to reading and research materials, as of today, March 24, 2020, the Internet Archive will suspend waitlists for the 1.4 million (and growing) books in our lending library by creating a National Emergency Library to serve the nation’s displaced learners. This suspension will run through June 30, 2020, or the end of the US national emergency, whichever is later.
Although this archive uses the word "national," it is available to everyone around the world. I missed that announcement, but then articles like these caught my attention:
The Internet Archive responded with "Internet Archive responds: Why we released the National Emergency Library." This has an FAQ and includes information on controlled digital lending (CDL), which they use.  The FAQ is an informative read, including information on the age of the books, the quality of the images, and more. And, yes, the National Emergency Library will sunset, once the emergency is over or on June 30, 2020, whichever is later.

While controlled digital lending is not new, this is likely the first time so many news outlets and people have taken note of it or been impacted by it! (Congratulations!)

I'm glad to see many people - not just the Internet Archive - release content during this period, when people are being asked to stay home. The music, the films, the books, etc. are helping us all survive social distancing and stay at home orders.  Some of the content releases have been bold, like the Internet Archive, while others have been low risk, like unlocking subscription content.  With all of content, I think the "couch potatoes" will get through the pandemic and be a little smarter when it's all over.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Article: Fair-Dealing and Emergency Remote Teaching in Canada

Samuel Trosow and Lisa Macklem have written "Fair-Dealing and Emergency Remote Teaching in Canada." Published on March 21, 2020, this is information that may help Canadian educators.  Part of the introduction states:
This article explains how copyright law applies to online course materials. We hope it will assist instructors, librarians, teaching assistants, students and administrators working in Canadian colleges and universities.

We agree with the conclusions reached by a group of U.S. copyright experts in the
Public Statement of Library Copyright Specialists: Fair Use & Emergency Remote Teaching and Research. They found that copyright law is “well equipped to provide the flexibility necessary for the vast majority of remote learning needed at this time.” We believe their primary conclusion about the applicability of fair-use also applies to its Canadian counterpart, fair-dealing.

First, we will outline the differences and similarities between Canadian fair-dealing and U.S. fair-use. We will then apply the fair-dealing requirements to the current circumstances. In closing, we make suggestions for minimizing risk and offer some ideas that should be considered in the longer-term.
In these extraordinary times, I'm glad to see people providing useful advice so quickly.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Are you now doing videoconferencing?

Videoconference with Vinnie VrotneyMany people are trying to share helpful resources through their social networks, as we all move into social distancing, which is even restrictive for those who do normal work from home.  Many people are now doing video conference calls, perhaps for the first time.  I found this article, "8 Tips for Better Video Conference Calls," and originally posted it and some other helpful hints to Facebook. However, Facebook's algorithm removed it, because Facebook is trying to remove erroneous posts about COVID-19. So...I'm posting this here.

Now that video conference call will abound, besides the general tips in the article, I will also add:

  • Test all technology (including microphone, camera/video, and Wi-Fi) before the meeting. This means, that during the meeting, you will not have to ask "Can you hear me?"
  • Use a headset.  I know that your laptop or mobile device has a built in microphone, but the sound through a headset (or earbuds) will be better.
  • Log-in early to the meeting (generally 10-15 minutes), in case you need to work through any connection issues. This also gives you time to exchange pleasantries before the meeting begins.
  • Have an agenda. Read the agenda.  Use the agenda.
  • Mute your microphone if you are not talking on the call. Yes, do it.  Get used to muting and unmuting your microphone.
  • Mute your video, if you are eating or multitasking. Everyone else does not need to watch you. You can always turn your video back on, when you are talking/presenting.
  • Look into the camera, when you speak.  This will seem odd, since looking into the camera may mean not looking at the screen.  However, you want people to feel as if you are speaking to them.
  • Use the chat feature. Sometimes we want to chime in with a quick thought or maybe something that is (slightly) off-topic. Remember that there is a chat feature available. Most platforms will allow you to chat with a specific person, so you can have a sidebar conversation, if necessary.
  • Task someone to monitor the chat, so that anything that needs broader discussion is noted.
  • Decide on how you want people to "raise their hands" or jump into the conversation. Provide space - silence - so people can do so.
  • If some people are using audio only, introduce yourself when you speak. 
  • Be aware of your surrounding and remember that video or audio conferencing from some environments is a no-no.  Or as a friend said, "Don't do video conferences in a restroom. I've heard more flushings than I care to remember." (added 03/19/2020)

What else do we want people to do/know?  Leave a comment with your tips.