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.