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Daily Archives: March 24, 2020

COVID-19, Copyright, and Library Superpowers

  • Kyle K. Courtney, COVID-19, Copyright, & Library Superpowers (Part I), (March 11, 2020): “If you work in any of the higher ed institutions that are preparing to move online – maybe your copyright world has exploded in a range of questions on fair use, e-reserves, online access, scanning, digitization, and more! I am sure many of you, especially in the library community, are working towards the best solution for students, faculty, staff, and patrons in this time of crisis. To help you navigate this process, over the next few posts (working as I go) I will offer reminders of all the super awesome legal tools libraries have for copyright as “stewards of access” in our communities…”
  • Kyle K. Courtney, COVID-19, Copyright, and Library Superpowers Part II, (March 16, 2020). “I had a number of great questions last week on fair use and copyright. However, more than a few questions came up that did not need a fair use analysis – in fact, some questions would have been a a “green light” even if there wasn’t a health crisis. That’s’ the topic of today’s post: Document Delivery, Interlibrary Loan, and more in the COVID-19 world! As I previously mentioned in the last post, I have often emphasized that libraries and archives have “superpowers” under the copyright law that allows us to supply our communities with access to materials for research, scholarship, and study. Most notably, these statutory exemptions were granted to libraries and archives by Congress to ensure our continued mission. Further, libraries can utilize technology to enhance access to materials…” [h/t Mary Whisner]

NIH/NLM LitCovid

“LitCovid is a curated literature hub for tracking up-to-date scientific information about the 2019 novel Coronavirus. It is the most comprehensive resource on the subject, providing a central access to 1642 (and growing) relevant articles in PubMed. The articles are updated daily and are further categorized by different research topics and geographic locations for improved… Continue Reading

Little Free Libraries share food and paper goods with neighbors

Mental Floss – via LitHub: “Across the nation, people are stocking their Little Free Libraries with food, toilet paper, and other necessities as a creative way to lend a helping hand to neighbors in need without breaking the rules of social distancing. Many of the makeshift pantries encourage people to pay it forward with handwritten… Continue Reading

Crisis Text Line

“Text from anywhere in the USA to text with a trained Crisis Counselor. Every texter is connected with a Crisis Counselor, a real-life human being trained to bring texters from a hot moment to a cool calm through active listening and collaborative problem solving. All of Crisis Text Line’s Crisis Counselors are volunteers, donating their time… Continue Reading

Free Webinar Thursday: Business Sources from the Federal Government

“In this free webinar, we will discuss why Government Information is sometimes better than commercially-available business information. We’ll also talk about the differences between the public domain and open access; when to use Government information; how to identify the types and uses of business information from the Federal Government; and how to create local, business-specific… Continue Reading

Instagram expands effort to remove unreliable pandemic information

Instagram Blog: “Since the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency in January, we’ve taken steps to help people access accurate information, stay safe, and stay connected.Today we’re announcing additional updates: Including more educational resources in Instagram Search Adding stickers to promote accurate information Removing COVID-19 accounts from recommendations, unless posted… Continue Reading

Smartphone data reveal which Americans are social distancing (and not)

Washington Post – “If you have a smartphone, you’re probably contributing to a massive coronavirus surveillance system. And it’s revealing where Americans have — and haven’t — been practicing social distancing. On Tuesday, a company called Unacast that collects and analyzes phone GPS location data launched a “Social Distancing Scoreboard” that grades, county by county,… Continue Reading

A case history in how Congress dealt with the Great Influenza

Roll Call: “In October 1918, during the depths of the influenza pandemic, Rep. Martin D. Foster, an Illinois Democrat, wanted to pass a bill to bolster the depleted ranks of doctors who could be called on to treat local outbreaks. It seemed like a good idea — tens of thousands of doctors were then serving… Continue Reading

Bezos, Other Corporate Executives Sold Shares Just in Time

“Bezos, Other Corporate Executives Sold Shares Just in Time,” by Susan Pulliam, Coulter Jones and Andrea Fuller: “Top executives at U.S.-traded companies sold a total of roughly $9.2 billion in shares of their own companies between the start of February and the end of last week, a Wall Street Journal analysis shows. “The selling saved… Continue Reading

The case for books as “essential” in a time of pandemic

Quartz – “Food, water, and medicine are obvious essentials right now. We rely on these things to survive. Technically, however, we don’t need lots of the other stuff that was a given before the coronavirus pandemic made shut-ins of a huge chunk of the global population. Thus, what is essential has become a matter of great… Continue Reading

How the viral app Houseparty is entertaining a generation in lockdown [free to read] Video chat app that allows spontaneous gatherings is replicating social life for millions stuck indoors – “This weekend, as much of the world retreated into coronavirus lockdown, it looked as though many people’s favourite activities were going to disappear with them: evening drinks, birthday parties, casual dinners with friends. But then came… Continue Reading

ABA digital resources available for students and teachers

“As students and teachers rely more on remote learning amid the COVID-19 health emergency, the American Bar Association Division for Public Education is offering free digital resources on legal topics. The resources provide a way to explore current and historical information about the law to help boost learning though school doors are closed. As teachers… Continue Reading