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Check It Out is Back!

Welcome to Check It Out, the updated (and virtual) version of our newsletter.

Expect to see monthly tidbits about what's going on in the library and how we are continuing to serve you and your students. 

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Fair Use for Professors

Section 107 of the Copyright Act, also known as Fair Use, allows educators the ability to use materials they otherwise would be in violation of distributing. It does not however completely exempt us from copyright law.  

Here are some common examples of what you can and cannot do in the name of education.

You can...
  • make multiple copies of an article to share with your class in person or in a closed distance education learning system
  • show a copyrighted motion picture to your class in person or in a closed distance education learning system

You cannot...
  • scan and share an article protected under copyright on your public webpage
  • provide entire copies of a textbook for your class

For more information on what constitutes as fair use in your classroom, visit the Association of Research Libraries FAQ on Fair Use for Professors.  

Trumping Fake News

The credibility of information is a hot topic right now, which puts librarians and other information scientists in even higher demand.  Do you know how to tell your students whether the information they are sharing is the whole story?

These resources may be of use:

Real or Satire
Tired of sharing an article that filled you with righteous indignation, only to be scolded by your social media circle for posting fake news?  Tired of living in constant fear that the ‘news’ you read isn’t actually news?  Wish there was a one-stop shop to check if a site is ‘satirical’ or submit a site to be labeled as ‘satire’?  Well, now there’s Real or Satire.  Search for a URL to check if it is a satirical site on our home page.

All Sides
Unlike regular news services, AllSides exposes bias and provides multiple angles on the same story so you can quickly get the full picture, not just one slant.

These and many more will be presented at the CTLS event Fake News and Critical Thinking on Thursday, March 30 during college hour.  Location TBD.  

EdTech Tip:  Podcasts

A podcast is a recorded radio show that you can listen to at any time.  And there is a podcast for every topic you can imagine!  From the scholarly to the ridiculous, there's a podcast for you.

Most smartphones have native apps that allow you to search and play podcasts, but there are other favorites like Stitcher and Overcast that you can download for free.

Podcasts can be used for instruction, professional development, entertainment, and news.  This growing industry is worth a listen.  If you have any questions about podcasts or podcasting, contact Carina in the library.

What's Happening @ RVCC Library

What:  Therapy Dog Visits
When:  every 1st and 3rd Wednesday, 10:00 am
Where:  Sculpture Garden 

What:  FREE copies of 1984
When:  while supplies last with student ID
Where:  RVCC Library​

What:  Book Drive
When:  now through March 31
Where:  RVCC Library 

What:  White Helmets movie preview
When:  Tuesday, March 28, 1:00
Where:  Library Holocaust and Genocide Studies Research Center

What:  When the Emperor was Divine Book Discussion
When:  Thursday, April 13, 1:00
Where:  Library Robeson Room

What:  Planning a Native Butterfly Garden
When:  Tuesday, April 18, 1:00
Where:  Library Robeson Room

What:  Nota Bene
When:  Thursday, April 20
Where:  RVCC Library
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