Thank You, Carol Simpson

We all love Carol Simpson. Below, Carl Harvey reflects on the many things she has done for the profession. Carl speaks for all of us when he says “Thank you, Carol Simpson!”

Carol Ann Simpson

I hope you will all indulge me a little bit, as I’d like to take a few moments to say thank you to Carol Simpson. I’m not really sure 600 words will be quite enough, but I’m going to do my best.

The May 2017 copyright column will be Carol’s last regular contribution to School Library Connection. For over twenty years in SLC and Library Media Connection magazines, her column has been the gold standard for copyright advice for school librarians all over this country. I know I personally have relied on her column for advice and counsel as I worked with the students and teachers in my building.

Carol has taken a very complex topic of copyright and translated it for school librarians. Her Copyright for Schools book—now in its 5th edition—and her many other copyright titles are classics that should be (if they aren’t already) on every school librarian’s professional shelf. Her work in copyright took her to the law profession where she has continued to be a voice about education and copyright.

But, beyond her copyright work, her many years working with Linworth Publishing and Library Media Connection led to many voices being published, many for the first time, sharing the successes and stories from school libraries. As editor of LMC (and its predecessors), Carol provided a forum for sharing and learning from each other. Marlene Woo-Lun, publisher of LMC said, “Throughout those critical years of change when libraries and schools were first struggling with how technology fit into education, Carol made profound contributions to the school library profession.” Continue reading “Thank You, Carol Simpson”

Sneak Peek: Gretchen McCord Tackles Copyright

 

How well do you get copyright, really? Many important aspects of copyright law are frequently misunderstood by K-12 librarians (and teachers, administration, and other K-12 educators), significantly diminishing the effectiveness of our educational system. School librarians have the opportunity to be leaders on copyright issues in their buildings and role models of good digital citizenship for their students.

Thankfully, Gretchen McCord, JD, MSIS, is here to help us out. In this free sneak peek of her eight-part video workshop on School Library Connection, McCord introduces us to her topic (above) and dispels some common myths about fair use guidelines (below). Subscribers can access the full workshop here, to learn more about the purpose of copyright law, licensing, the dangers of self-censorship, and how to develop effective school policies dealing with copyright.

FAIR USE GUIDELINES

 

Gretchen McCord, JD, MSIS, is an attorney specializing in copyright and other legal issues related to digital information. She is the founder and principal of Digital Information Law, which provides online and face-to-face training in copyright law and related areas and publishes a range of materials, including the quarterly journal Copyright & New Media Law, established in 1997. Gretchen currently serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Freedom to Read Foundation’s Board of Trustees, the Amigos Library Services Board of Directors, and the American Library Association Legislative Subcommittee on Copyright. Her previous activities include serving on the City of Austin Library Commission, as President of the Friends of Libraries & Archives of Texas, and as President of the Texas Library Association. Gretchen is the author of, among other publications, the books What You Need to Know about Privacy Law: A Guide for Librarians and Educators (2013), Fair Use: The Secrets No One Tells You (2014), and Copyright in Cyberspace 1 and 2: Questions and Answers for Librarians.

gretchen@digitalinfolaw.com

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