Sources for information about intellectual freedom and censorship, especially in libraries.
- ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom Supports intellectual freedom and the Library Bill of Rights by promoting free access to libraries and library materials.
- Banned Books Online Online texts of censored books, plus links to websites about censorship.
- Beacon for Freedom of Expression Bibliographic database of censorship and freedom of expression. Search for censored publications or publications on censorship.
- Cooperative Children’s Book Center: Intellectual Freedom Maintained by the School of Education at University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Intellectual Freedom: Issues and Resources From the American Library Association, with links to more resources.
- National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) An alliance of anti-censorship non-profits focused advocacy and education.
Confused by copyright? These websites explain it well.
- A Fair(y) Use Tale (NOT a Disney movie) You Tube – “Professor Eric Faden of Bucknell University provides this humorous, yet informative, review of copyright principles delivered through the words of the very folks we can thank for nearly endless copyright terms.”
- Bound by Law? Tales from the Public Domain Free digital versions of the graphic novel: starring filmmaker Akiko, who encounters the befuddling world of intellectual property, and must determine what fair use entails.
- Code of Best Practices in Fair Use The Center for Media & Social Impact maintains this list of best practices documents produced by scholarly, artistic, and other communities of practice in order to help people make fair use judgments related to particular types of material. Examples include best practices for documentary film, scholarly research, use of images, and academic libraries.
- Columbia Fair Use Checklist This checklist is a tool to help people make a fair use assessment when they are considering use of copyrighted material. It allows you to mark off features that typically count for and against fair use based on existing law and see the results as a whole. Users must make a judgement for themselves whether the analysis is in favor of fair use.
- Copyright The American Library Association’s copyright page offers information about copyright as it pertains to libraries and beyond, and about evolving law and policy.
- Copyright Advisory Network “A community of librarians, copyright scholars, and policy wonks.” Lots of information is presented in a wiki, Q & A forum, and blog. Interactive online tools aid in identifying whether a work is in the public domain (http://librarycopyright.net/digitalslider) and whether a particular use of copyrighted material qualifies as “fair use.” (http://librarycopyright.net/fairuse)
- Copyright and Fair Use Hosted by the Stanford University Libraries, this site provides background and links on US copyright law and practice.
- Copyright on Campus You Tube video, produced by the Copyright Clearance Center. “Join Jane, the campus librarian, as she provides a fun and informative overview of U.S. copyright law and its impact on colleges and universities.”
- Fair Use Evaluator This Interactive online tool helps you decide whether a particular use of copyrighted material qualifies as “fair use.”
- Intellectual Property “Patents, copyright and trademarks, oh my!” A resource guide prepared by the reference staff of UIUC’s Law Library.
- Is It Protected by Copyright?A suite of interactive digital copyright tools.
- Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900) Eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer. A full text and image database of historical sources on copyright in Britain, France, Germany, Italy, and the United States.
These sources will help you explore librarianship around the world.
- The Global Libraries Program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation This program funds library development projects in countries around the world, with focus areas emphasizing Technology Access in Libraries, Research and Innovation, Training and Leadership, and Policy and Advocacy.
- International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) The leading international organization for librarians. IFLA publishes many online and print books, the IFLA Journal, conference proceedings, and the biennial IFLA World Report on freedom of access to information.
- International | American Libraries Articles about international issues from the magazine American Libraries.
ROI (Return on Investment)
Find sources that document the economic value of libraries.
- Association of Research Libraries Measuring Library Value and Return on Investment (ROI) (Lib-Value)
- Lib-Value Project The Lib-Value project measures “value, outcome, and return on investment of academic libraries.” The project website includes a searchable database of more than 400 publications.
- Library Value Calculator How much do you save by borrowing library books, using library computers, or getting answers from reference staff? Created by the Massachusetts Library Association, this interactive tool lets you calculate the value of local library services to you personally.
- Serving Public Libraries A collection of public library success stories and impact studies, sponsored by OCLC.
- University Investment in the Library, Phase II: An International Study of the Library’s Value to the Grants Process (2010) Expands methodology of University Investment in the Library, 2008 study, to include 8 institutions in 8 countries.
- University Investment in the Library: What’s the Return? A case study at the Unviersity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, documenting the library’s positive impact on campus grant revenue.
- Value of Libraries – Professionaltips Focused on public libraries, this page links to popular articles about library use during economic downturns, as well as to studies of ROI.