It’s Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week, the annual celebration of the important doctrines of fair use in the United States and fair dealing in Canada and other jurisdictions. Celebrate these essential limitations and exceptions to copyright with a few good books.
Open Educational Resources: CLIPP #45, compiled and written by Mary Francis, available for purchase and as an open access edition. In six sections—Introduction, Literature Review and Bibliography, Analysis and Discussion of Survey Results, Survey with Results, Resources from Survey Respondents, and Sample Documents—Open Educational Resources provides context for OER initiatives in college libraries and provides insights and strategies for librarians who are new to the topic, part of an existing OER initiative, or looking to form a program at their institution.
The Engaged Library: High-Impact Educational Practices in Academic Libraries, edited by Joan D. Ruelle. The Engaged Library provides case studies, examples, and discussion of how academic libraries can create successful partnerships to contribute to the integration of high-impact practices on their campuses, and ways to execute these practices well. Each chapter addresses one of the ten original high-impact practices through the lens of library partnerships, contributions, and opportunities, and provides ideas for and examples of outcomes assessment.
The Critical Thinking about Sources Cookbook, edited by Sarah E. Morris. This ACRL Cookbook provides lesson plans, resources, ideas, and inspiration to empower librarians in helping students develop the crucial critical thinking and information and media literacy skills they need. 96 recipes divided into two parts—Consuming Information and Producing and Distributing Information—explore evaluating information, recognizing scholarly sources, how technology mediates our experiences with information, the economics of information ecosystems, and more, including provocative considerations of issues like copyright and open access and deep dives into pop culture and social media.
Copyright Conversations: Rights Literacy in a Digital World, edited by Sara R. Benson. The expert copyright librarians collected in Copyright Conversations: Rights Literacy in a Digital World address complex legal issues at the intersection of copyright and information literacy. Four sections—Copyright Librarians’ Role and Advocacy, Education, Research and Policy, and International Issues—provide detailed explanations of the issues and considerations and offer prescriptive tips and advice for teaching and applying the information.
Open and Equitable Scholarly Communications: Creating a More Inclusive Future, prepared by Nancy Maron and Rebecca Kennison with Paul Bracke, Nathan Hall, Isaac Gilman, Kara Malenfant, Charlotte Roh, and Yasmeen Shorish, available for purchase and as an open access edition. Open and Equitable Scholarly Communications is an action-oriented research agenda designed to provide practical, actionable information for academic librarians; include the perspectives of historically underrepresented communities in order to expand the profession’s understanding of research environments and scholarly communication systems; and point librarians and other scholars toward important research questions to investigate.