Thursday, February 23, 2017

Fair Use Week

What is Fair Use and Why Should I Care? 

Fair use is the right to reuse existing copyrighted materials without permission under certain circumstances. It is very flexible. If you have ever written a book review or used a movie clip in class to illustrate a point, you have relied on fair use. So have writers of parody songs, documentary filmmakers, museums, publishers who translate works into Braille, and even Google.

To decide whether a use is fair, you need to weigh 4 factors:

  • ·         The purpose and character of the use
  • ·         The nature of the copyrighted work
  • ·         The portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole
  • ·         The effect of the use upon  the potential market
You can use a fair use checklist to help you judge whether a use is likely to be fair. The following catchphrase is also a good rule of thumb: Use fairly. Not too much. Have reasons. Ask yourself: Am I doing something new with this? Or am I just copying the work for its same purpose? And does the amount I’m using make sense for what I’m trying to do? 

There are a lot of misconceptions about fair use, but it is an important right to protect. To learn more, click on the links in this article or follow Fair Use Week on Twitter

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Guest Speaker - Allen Callaci

The Harriet K. and Philip Pumerantz Library is proud to host a guest lecture by Allen Callaci. Mr. Callaci is a musician, professor, blogger, librarian and former employee of the Pumerantz Library. He is also the proud co-founder of the Rancho Cucamonga Public Library’s Star Wars Day.

Mr. Callaci will be on hand to talk about his book, Heart Like a Starfish, which chronicles his journey from emergency heart transplant surgery to recuperation to life post-surgery. His memoir is by turns humorous, heart-warming, and hopeful.

This book talk will take place Monday, February 6 from Noon to 1 pm in the Health Sciences Center – Compatriots Hall. Pomona campus faculty, staff and students may reserve a seat, walk-ins are welcome. COMP-NW campus students, faculty and staff may view the live stream in Lecture Hall 2. Light refreshments will be served on the Pomona campus.

Mr. Callaci will remain after the talk to sell and sign copies of his book. A portion of the proceeds of the sale will be donated to Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, were his procedure was performed. 

Email rreference@westernu.edu or call 909-469-5323 and ask for Reference for more information.

UPDATE: Here is a photo from Mr. Callaci's book talk.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

EndNote X8 is here!


If you haven’t used EndNote before, download today!  

Use EndNote to format your papers and save yourself time and effort.  The latest version of this bibliographic software allows you to share your library with more people (up to 100) and keep track of all the changes made to the shared library.  Click here for a video detailing all of the new features.

You can download EndNote on your PC or Mac.  Click here for download instructions. Faculty, to upgrade your work computer please contact IT, for your personal computer please follow the previous link for download instructions.

Monday, September 26, 2016

National Medical Librarians Month Activties

Don't forget to come by the library and help us celebrate National Medical Librarians Month. We have lots of fun activities lined up.

B - Movie nights (riffing encoouraged)
Screening begin at 5:30 pm
Light refreshments
Library, 4th floor conference room

10/12 – The Legend of Boggy Creek (1972) Rated G, 86 minute run time
      Director – Charles B. Pierce
      Cast - Ensemble
              Limit of 15 persons. Register here.








10/26 – Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959) Unrated, 79 minute run time
Director – Ed Wood Jr.
Cast – Bela Lugosi, Tor Johnson, Vampira, Tom Keene and Gregory Walcott
                Limit of 15 persons. Register here.

Library Game Nights

10/5 – Family Feud
5 pm to 7 pm
Light refreshments
Library, 4th floor conference room
        Limit of 15 persons. Register here.

10/20 – Minute to win it
5 -7 pm
Library Lobby, 1st floor
Light refreshments
        Register here.

Library Workshops

10/3 – VRLC Training
Noon – 1 pm
J and K Virtual Reality Center
Instructor – Karol Almanzar, MLIS
Limit of 10 persons. Register here.

10/11 – Research: Efficiency is the Key
Noon -1 pm
Zoom online workshop - Register here.
Instructor - Ruth Harris, MLIS

10/17 – VRLC Training
Noon – 1 pm
J and K Virtual Reality Center
Instructor – Karol Almanzar, MLIS
Limit of 10 persons. Register here.

10/20 – Distance Services: Not out of sight, out of mind
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Zoom online workshop - Register here.
Instructor – Ruth Harris, MLIS

Fine Free Friday – October 21
        Return an overdue library book on this day without paying the fine. Previous outstanding fines           or fees (damaged or lost) cannot be waived.

Halloween Activities
Trick or Treating at service desks
Circulation and Reference desks

Halloween Movie Screening
        Starting at 5:30
        Library, 4th floor conference room
        Light Refreshments

Night of the living dead (1968) Unrated, 96 min. run time**Graphic content**,
            Director – George A. Romero
            Cast – Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea, Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman,               Keith Wayne, Judith Ripley, & assorted “ghouls”
            Limit of 15 persons. Register here.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Library Inventory

The Library be conducting inventory
Monday, June 6 until Wednesday, June 8 from 8 am - 5 pm.

Please pardon our noise during this time period.
Thank you.