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Poly Library to Be a Digital Resource, by Mary Toothman - The Ledger

Poly Library to Be a Digital Resource, by  Mary Toothman - The Ledger | The Information Professional |

By Mary Toothman

"Polytechnic University will be non-traditional in many ways, but one of the most dramatic alternatives to a typical university setting will be seen in the library. Or, rather, not seen.

When the university opens its doors to students this fall, the library will be almost completely online, although certain hardcover books will be available on an as-needed basis.

Kathryn Miller, director of library services for the school, said the challenge of setting up and planning library services for the polytechnic is a very different and exciting one for her profession, and she is enjoying it. Hired in late January at an annual salary of $95,000, she said it's not every day a librarian has the opportunity to be in on a start-up system like this one.

Her job is to develop and administer library resources and services to support the school's academic programs, faculty teaching and research, and student learning. She will manage budgeting, purchasing and policy development and work to ensure the university's vision aligns with that of the library."

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University Library of the future!

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Fair Use in Libraries - A Best Practice Guide

Fair Use in Libraries - A Best Practice Guide | The Information Professional |

"...Hat tip to the people over at BoingBoing for linking to an excellent new resource for librarians, a Code of Best Practice in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries, developed by librarians under the aegis of the Association of Research Libraries.

The Code (its aims and objectives are discussed in greater length here) deals with frequently asked questions in higher education, such as:

When and how much copyrighted material can be digitized for student use? And should video be treated the same way as print? How can libraries’ special collections be made available online? Can libraries archive websites for the use of future students and scholars?

It’s a fascinating and very worthwhile resource, which is free to download here. We’d strongly recommend anyone with an interest in research librarianship, and/or issues in copyright take a look."

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