Friday, August 19, 2005

Workshops in Buffalo, NY

For those of you in New York State (or near NYS), the Western NY Library Resources Council is going to be doing many workshops over the next 1+ years on digitization related topics.  You can view the training calendar here.  

I’m very pleased that Professor Kenneth Crews from IUPUI will be coming to Buffalo on Nov. 4 to do a workshop entitled “Copyright Law and the Digital Library: Trends, Fair Use and New Possibilities.”  The agenda is a full one:

  • 9:00 to 10:45 AM Opening Session: "Copyright and Digitization: Trends, Developments, and Future Directions"A far-reaching discussion of copyright issues, exploring an area of the law that is increasingly shaping our decisions about the deployment of new technologies and our pursuit of librarianship and research innovations. Bring your questions and join in an overview of key principles and dynamic developments as technology, creative scholarship, and the law struggle to co-exist.

  • 11:00 to noon "The Meaning and Perplexity of Fair Use for Librarianship and Research" Fair use is not what you probably think, yet it likely remains one of the most important aspects of copyright law for libraries and for your innovative projects.

  • 1:15 to 2:15 PM "Library Copying: Preservation and Interlibrary Loans" Section 108 of the U.S. Copyright Act applies to libraries, and it specifically allows libraries to make copies for preservation project, ILL, and more. It can also apply to digital copies, in addition to the old reliable photocopying. But the law has its limits. Learn the quirks of Section 108 and how to make it work to your advantage!

  • 2:30 to 3:30 PM "Putting it on the Web: Websites, Reserves, and Distance Education" New statutes and old conundrums converge as we use the Internet to make library materials available for classroom readings, distance education, and simply creating nifty websites. We need to struggle with a blend of fair use, Section 108, and the new thing from Congress called the "TEACH Act." How do we choose the right avenue in order to get our good work accomplished?

  • 3:30 to 4:00 PM "Questions?"

(Personally, I think his workshop is one that is worth driving across the state to participate in.)

Next May, Oya Rieger and Marty Kurth from Cornell will be doing a half-day workshop on “Digital Projects by the Numbers: Business Planning for Creating Digital Collections”.   Oya has much experience under her belt and so this will be a good workshop for learning from some who has “been there and done that.”

So take a look at the calendar…you may well find a workshop of interest to you AND one that is worth traveling to Buffalo to attend.

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