Friday, January 28, 2022

Resources for SLA Kentucky Chapter event, Jan. 28

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Today I'm speaking at a virtual event by the Special Libraries Association's Kentucky Chapter on "Breaking the White-ness of the Profession." (Registration) Below are resources I want this group to have (and you can use them too). It is not meant to be a comprehensive list, but rather some starting points.

Resources Mentioned

Additional Resources

Diverse Images

We need to see diversity in the images we use. Here are some resources to get you started.

The image above is from Disability:IN and carries a CC BY-ND 4.0 license.

Addendum - Resources mentioned by webinar participants:

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Text from ALA Committee on Legislation Report, Jan. 2022

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This caught my eye in the Jan. 4, 2022 ALA Committee on Legislation (COL) Report, which was presented at the ALA Council January virtual meeting (links added):

The Copyright, Legislation, Education, and Advocacy Network (CLEAN) developed and maintained several copyright tools to help librarians and their patrons navigate various copyright issues. These tools – the Public Domain Slider, the Section 108 Spinner, the Fair Use Evaluator and the Exception for Instructors eTool available via links from the ALA website. The Public domain slider has been updated and the Copyright Genie was fixed so that things falling into the public domain this year would show up correctly as in the public domain. The ALA Copyright Network analytics indicate consistent use of all tools year round. 

 Thanks to ALA and CLEAN for updating these tools! We all appreciate it!

Thursday, January 13, 2022

More Sound Recording Join the Public Domain

Have you celebrated that more sound recordings entered the public domain on January 1st? According to the Internet Archive:

 Approximately 400,000 sound recordings made before 1923 will join the public domain in the U.S. for the first time due to the Music Modernization Act (read more at

The Public Domain Information Project maintains a list of some of the music that has entered the public domain. Music includes Black Bottom, Bye Bye Blackbird, and Baby Face (and those are just from the B's)! Read the Internet Archive post to get introduced to more music.

Public Domain Day—A Celebration of Sound 

As announced in an email:

On January 20, 2022, the Internet Archive, Creative Commons and many other leaders from the Open world will honor the treasure trove of works published in 1926 that will enter the public domain in 2022.

Featuring a keynote from Senator Ron Wyden, and a host of musical acts, dancers, historians, librarians, academics, activists and other leaders from the Open world, the event will explore the rich historical context of recorded sound from its earliest days, including early jazz and blues, classical, and spoken word recordings reflecting important political and social issues of the era.

This event is free and open to the public and you can register here.


Here is something for your ears from 1926. Black Bottom by The Virginia Creepers; Arthur Fields; De Sylva; Brown; Henderson

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Jan. - April 2022: Jill's Presentation Schedule

Jill Hurst-Wahl

In 2021, all of my presentations were online and it will be the same for the foreseeable future in 2022. While being virtual allows me to be anywhere and everywhere, I do miss seeing people face-to-face and without a screen between us. May that occur again soon!

Here is what's coming up for me. Perhaps you'll be in the virtual room?

Jan. 28, 4:00-5:00 p.m. ET - Breaking the White-ness of the Profession for the Kentucky Community/Chapter of the Special Libraries Association.  Description:

The library profession is more homogeneous than we like to admit. Why? What can each one of us do to change that, no matter what type of library we work in? 
Registration is open. (Registration link added 1/14/2022)

April 13, 2:30-4:00 p.m. ET (updated 2/14/2022)  - Understanding Fair Use During the Pandemic and Other Emergencies for ALA eLearning.  If you have questions about the work your library is engaged in - especially in the wake of changes during the pandemic - then this is the webinar for you.  While the scenarios are important, your questions are even more important because they get at what you really need to know.


No one would have predicted that when the pandemic struck copyright would become a hot topic. However, when libraries and school closed their physical doors in spring 2020 and moved online, questions emerged about the use of materials in the online environment. For example, could a book be read in an online storytime? Confusing the matter were publishers who “gave” permission, while those knowledgeable in copyright said that permission was not needed.

This webinar will use four common scenarios to discuss the application of Fair Use during a pandemic and other emergencies, as well as in normal times. Each scenario will focus on a common library activity. Basic copyright information with be provided, so that everyone enters the scenarios with similar knowledge. There will be time for participant questions throughout.
Registration is open. (Registration link added 1/20/2022)

March 7 - Start of a six (6) week asynchronous online course - U.S. Copyright Law in the Library: A Beginner's Guide for ALA eLearning.  Description:

The library is a hub of content, all of it subject to copyright law. The legal reality of copyright is dynamic—changes in technology have created a landscape that is constantly adapting and can be difficult to predict. If you don't have any formal training in copyright law, it can be intimidating to know how to answer your patrons' copyright questions and to know what you can and cannot do with your library’s content and resources. It can be tough to understand the line between providing information and answering a legal question.

In this eCourse, you will be guided through the basics of copyright law and provided with the foundation to become your library's copyright expert. Sections on the law covered included the rights of the copyright owner, fair use, limitations related to libraries and archives, first sale doctrine, and using copyrighted works in education. Among the applications of the law discussed is controlled digital lending.

Each week, you'll learn how copyright law informs what libraries, library staff, and patrons can do with their materials and how you can stay up-to-date as this area evolves. You'll be able to check and affirm your knowledge through focused self-assessments.

April 29, 10:00 a.m. ET - Moving Beyond Hope for the  Association of Independent Information Professionals (AIIP) as part of their 2022 Annual Conference. I am honored to be their Roger Summit Lecture Award Recipient. Description: 

The founding of Dialog by Roger Summit issued in an era of innovation and hope for information professionals. In every information era, we hope for the cutting edge technologies that will propel us forward. However, what we need now are not new technical variations, but the development of an expanded community. To do that, we need to move beyond hope into action.

Interested in a presentation for your organization? Contact me at

Besides Presentations

I'm working on several projects, including working as a facilitator on a long-term project and ensuring that team makes steady progress. Here is a one-sheet on Hurst Associates for you to share with your organization, if you would like my assistance on one of your projects. (Link updated 1/14/2022)

Tuesday, January 04, 2022

Book Chapter: Copyright and Legal Issues Surrounding 3D Data

My colleague in Library Futures, Kyle Courtney, collaborated with others to write "Copyright and Legal Issues Surrounding 3D Data," which is available for you to read. This chapter is part of the forthcoming book 3D Data Creation to Curation: Community Standards for 3D Data Preservation.  It looks like the book editors - Moore, Rountrey, and Kettler - have been working on the standards for a while and have built quite a community! That should make this book valuable for many.

However, while you're waiting for the book to be published, read the chapter on the legal issues. Citation and abstract for the chapter are below.

D’Andrea, Andrea, Michale Conyers, Kyle K. Courtney, Emily Finch, Melissa Levine, et. al. "Copyright and Legal Issues Surrounding 3D Data." In 3D Data Creation to Curation: Community Standards for 3D Data Preservation, eds. Jennifer Moore, Adam Rountrey, and Hannah Scates Kettler. Chicago: Association of Research and College Libraries (ALA), 2022.
An overview of essential legal concepts and strategies, this chapter synthesizes the ideas, questions, and legal issues that arise in relation to 3D data. Case studies provide scenarios based on real-world situations that will help readers recognize legal and policy issues. Readers will have a framework for thoughtful decision making that is consistent with their particular mission.

We begin with a general overview of US Copyright Law and then focus on case law that is relevant for understanding the legal status of 3D models. Case studies focus on creation or acquisition methodologies including: institutional photogrammetryi of an object, indigenous community and non-profit organization partnership to digitally document and preserve cultural artifacts, transferring ownership of 3D data to an institutional repository, and a complex researcher-developed 3D model. These case studies are used to provide relevant illustrations of practices and situations that may prompt legal questions, but we also recommend considering more complex ethical issues early on. These case studies will help readers recognize legal and policy issues that may be relevant to their current practices in 3D creation and dissemination, and review will emphasize expectations under both open and restricted accessii scenarios, including contracts and licensing. In certain case studies, expansions are included to highlight additional domain-specific questions.


Monday, January 03, 2022

Webinar: From Owning to Streaming: The Transition to Digital Media in Education

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The following webinar is being given by the Internet Archive on Jan. 10 from 1:00-2:15 p.m. ET. Registration is open and free.

Title: From Owning to Streaming: The Transition to Digital Media in Education


While consumers happily “Netflix and chill,” the state of digital media within schools, libraries, and other educational institutions is anything but “chill.”

Instead of purchasing to own and lend, libraries and universities are forced to pay for ballooning subscription costs that put significant restrictions on their ability to serve the public and make it impossible for libraries and schools to fulfill their missions. Despite enormous digital inequity, music, film, and even printed materials are increasingly licensed to stream rather than own, creating a tax on the public that disproportionately affects those with less access to resources. As libraries see their collections of digital media dwindle and the right to educational use is stripped by streaming corporations, we ask ourselves: Will we ever achieve equitable access in streaming media?

Please join Library Futures and the Internet Archive for a conversation between Kathleen DeLaurenti, Director, Arthur Friedheim Music Library at Johns Hopkins University; Kris Paulsen, Associate Professor of Art History at The Ohio State University; and Courtney Cook, PhD., Manager of Education at POV/American Documentary. This panel will be moderated by Rick Prelinger, professor at University of California, Santa Cruz and founder of the Prelinger Archives.