Monday, October 28, 2013

The DMCA and You

In 1998 on this date (October 28),  President Bill Clinton signed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) into law.  Copyright has always been a bit of a tricky issue, and never more so as technology continues to evolve and people are able to access and share more information than ever.  The DMCA amended the US Copyright Act, adding some provisions in favor of copyright holders.  A fairly concise summary of the DMCA is given in this PDF document available from the U.S. Copyright Office.

Picture courtesy of Copyright Authority website

For some answers to commonly asked questions about copyright, take the Copyright Quiz available from the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Following are just a couple of examples of some of the resources on copyright available at Waggoner Library:

Copyright law for librarians and educators: creative strategies & practical solutions

Copyright in cyberspace 2

Copyright 101: an introduction to copyright

Friday, October 25, 2013

Libraries and Horror Movies

Most of the time I enjoy it when a library or librarian is a key player in a movie such as The Librarian films with Noah Wylie or the classic Desk Set with Katherine Hepburn.   Scary movies are not my favorite movie genre and personally I don't like the idea of a librarian as a serial killer or that a library may be haunted.  But since its October and close to Halloween, how about a list of some horror movies that feature libraries or librarians?  Below are a few library horror movies compiled by blogger

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Teen Read Week

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) created an initiative in 1998 to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users. It is called Teen Read Week. This year's theme is Seek the Unknown at your library. The focus is on exploring and learning about the unknown through mystery, adventure, sci-fi and fantasy books.
The IRC at Waggoner Library has many of these types of Young Adult Literature books. It is never to late to Seek the Unknown!! Celebrate Teen Read Week by reading some yourself!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, the 2013 Nina Griggs Gunter Servant-Leadership Award

Dr. Lyon talking with several student leadership award nominees
Today Waggoner Library was privileged to host a reception honoring Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, the recipient of the 2013 Nina Griggs Gunter Servant-Leader Award.  This award recognizes the significant impact of a notable female servant-leader who serves as role model for all women leaders.  Dr. Lyon is the General Superintendent of The Wesleyan Church. She is also the founder, former CEO and current member of the Board of Directors of World Hope International, a faith based relief and development organization, alleviating suffering and injustice in 30 countries. Additionally Dr. Lyon has written several articles including the recent book, Ultimate Blessing.  She also is an adjunct professor of church and society at Indiana Wesleyan University and Asbury Theological Seminary.

In addition to recognizing Dr. Lyon, a female Trevecca student servant-leader received a $1000 scholarship award.  Twelve women were nominated for this award.  A committee of faculty, administrators, and a member of the Gunter family reviewed resumes and selected Ashley Hoffner as the 2013 Nina Griggs Gunter Leadership scholarship recipient.  Congratulations to these two wonderful women servant leaders!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Dig Pink!

Every year Trevecca's Women's Volleyball Team hosts a 'Dig Pink' night in October to honor breast cancer survivors as well as raise money for breast cancer research. Two of our librarians are breast cancer survivors and were honored at the event.  Judy Bivens  a survivor of more than 30 years is our IRC Librarian and Coordinator for the Graduate Library Science Program.  Ruth Kinnersley, Director of Library Services at Trevecca is a six year survivor. We are blessed and honored to work with these strong and courageous women.  For more information about National Breast Cancer Awareness Month click here.