Being an Advocate for Copyrights

Whether it is photocopying the majority of a book, improperly citing websites for papers or telling me that they have illegally downloaded books, some of my patrons do not seem to have a basic understanding of what a copyright is or’  respect for it.’ ‘ I want to teach them about copyright’ and’ why they should respect it.’ ‘ I want to’ strike a balance between being annoying and enlightening.’  I don’t want to be the finger wagging librarian. This is what I have done so far but it is far from enough.’ 

I hear that readers are so’ excited about books that they illegally download them before the library can get a copy. When I spoke to a’ teen who said that she had done this, I decided to show her some blogs that discuss the issue. I knew that a ton of YA authors have blogged about this but I started with’ ‘ S. Jae_Jones‘ because I like her argument.’ The student read this blog and linked to some of the other blogs.’  But, I’m not really sure if this helped or not.

The other day I was explaining that you do indeed need give credit to images that you take off the Internet and you need to find out if you can take those images. ‘ I did have a handy MLA manual but I wanted the’ student to understand that more than just books, articles should be cited.’  Then I remembered that there was a link to on citing apps on my twitter feed.’ I opened the article at Ed Social Media titled 7 tips for Citing an App in MLA Format and went through it with my patron. I think that this opened her eyes to the idea that all different materials need to be citied.

I am just beginning here so I would love some advice and suggestions

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  1. Not citing images (or even acknowledging that images are intellectual property) is one of my biggest pet peeves. A whole department of teachers here had a PD day run by a woman who told the audience, “Google Images is so great–just search for whatever you want and then use the pictures in your lessons!” As a result, some of the teachers (and, I’m guessing, some of our students) think “citing” an image means writing “Found on Google Images.”

    My analogy: in citing a book, you’d never just say, “Here’s a book I found in the public library.” You’d cite author, title, copyright date, etc. So why not treat images the same way?

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