November 22, 2010
One of my undergraduate researchers just emailed me, asking if she can use images from the Library of Congress website for a project. First, I’m thrilled that my students are aware that the “best practice” is to use images in the public domain, images with no copyright. I asked her to send me the links to the pages where she was considering using the images, and while waiting for her reply, I decided to start searching through the LOC website to see what they say about copyright. I found some interesting information.
The Library of Congress has a page on Copyright and Primary Sources: http://www.loc.gov/teachers/usingprimarysources/copyright.html
The LOC also has links to additional, helpful websites.
- University of Maryland University College, Information and Library Services, Copyright and Fair Use in the Classroom, on the Internet, and the World Wide Web: http://www.umuc.edu/library/copy.shtml
- Technology & Learning’s Technology and Fair Use Guidelines for Teachers: http://www.halldavidson.net/copyright_chart.pdf
And I also recommended to the student that she check out The Library of Congress’ photostream in flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/