We are in the Twin Cities for our 2-day meeting. Day 1 highlights:

Pooled Fund business meeting. This may or may not be a highlight, depending on your individual love of spreadsheets.

David Hedeen, MnDOT National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS) Compliance Engineer. David shared a fantastic talk about the process of inspections, a timely topic (always). Bridge Inspection – David Hedeen, Sept. 18, 2013

Nancy Sims, University of Minnesota Copyright Librarian. Copyright Workshop. Nancy gave us a refresher on copyright as it applies to contracts, licenses and fair use. The second half had us break out into smaller groups to develop internal policies, documents and education programs for compliance; digital collections considerations, laws and contracts/licenses (think Creative Commons).

Later, we’re going to walk over to Minitex and Kathy Drozd will take us on a tour of MLAC.


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“Fair use” applies to government publications too – even though sometimes we assume that anything produced with public money is not protected by copyright. In fact, several states routinely copyright their publications and a lot of the materials in transportation libraries are from commercial publishers and private associations.

The Association of Research Libraries (et al) has a Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries. And in the spirit of the clause, they are fine with posting it in it’s entirety for you to use as a guide.

More resources from the coordinators of the code:

Association of Research Libraries
Center for Social Media – American University
Washington College of Law – American University