A few new pages in town

You may notice a few new, rather specific pages around here and here’s a brief introduction.


As part of my MLIS, I am looking at the needs of visual artists. One of the many topics of interest is image use. Moving from physical resources to digital reproductions has highlighted copyright and licensing issues around image use for galleries, instruction, and art and academic libraries.1,2,3 Previously, there was less concern because image collections were purchased with the expectation that content would be used in the classroom and in lectures.2,4 Digital images can be acquired, reproduced, and used in numerous ways, making educators, researchers, and faculty more aware of licensing, copyright law, and fair dealing. Of course, these issues impact students as well. Studies have shown that some students consider copyright issues a major concern that limits their research, while others did not consideration this a factor when finding and using images for papers.5,6 This varied perspective may be due to a difference in discipline or level of experience.

Now aware of this need, I consulted academic articles and asked educators to share some of their uncertainties in order to compile common questions. There are a lot of resources online, many of which contain part of the desired information. Bringing everything together has resulted in a few new pages: Copyright & Fair Dealing Project: Words & Terms, Copyright & Fair Dealing Project: Image Use FAQ, and Institutional Repositories Info Project. The resources consulted are threaded throughout those pages and they are also provided on the separate page References & Sources. This resources page also includes the academic articles I consulted to prepare for this project.

Anyway, that is my very long-winded way of welcoming you to check out my new pages. Let me know what you think!

Update July 2016: Each of these pages has been turned into a post. Links in this post have been updated.



1. Hamma, Kenneth. 2006. “Public Domain Art in an Age of Easier Mechanical Reproducibility.” Art Libraries Journal 31 (3): 11–15.
2. Hyams, Elspeth, and Pandora Mather-Lees. 2009. “Why Educational Institutions Should Be Image Conscious.” Library and Information Update, December, 42–43.
3. McBride, Caroline. 2006. “Curators and Their Use of Digital Images.” Art Libraries Journal 31 (3): 25–31.
4. Murray, Laura J., and Samuel E. Trosow. 2013. Canadian Copyright: A citizen’s guide. 2nd ed. Toronto: Between the Lines.
5. Bridges, Laurie M., and Tiah Edmunson-Morton. 2011. “Image-Seeking Preferences Among Undergraduate Novice Researchers.” Evidence Based Library and Information Practice 6 (1): 102.
6. Mathews, Emilee. 2012. “Image Reference and Instruction for Film Studies: A Case Study at Indiana University.” Art Documentation: Bulletin of the Art Libraries Society of North America 31 (1): 77–92.


Disclaimer: All of this content is part of graduate project and designed to be an introduction the basics of copyright, fair dealing, and the importance of institutional repositories. Questions on how copyright impacts your instruction can best be addressed by your institution, the institution’s copyright office, or a lawyer. Specific questions about institutional repositories can best be addressed through your institution.


Pic by me.


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