Archive for 13.04.2010

Thirty four public libraries from the American Dream Starts @ your library initiative contributed to this comprehensive list of print and digital resources. This annotated list,  the first of its kind, is an enormous contribution to the thousands of librarians and educators providing literacy services for adult English language learners


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March 24, 2010 – Cambridge, Mass., and Rome, Italy – The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University today announced the launch of a new online, open access curriculum, “Copyright for Librarians” (http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/copyrightforlibrarians/), developed in conjunction with eIFL.net. “Copyright for Librarians” aims to inform librarians about copyright law in general, as well as the aspects of copyright law that most affect libraries, especially those in developing and transition countries.

“Copyright law directly affects library services providing access to learning resources, scientific and research information,” said Rima Kupryte, Director eIFL.net. “Everyday librarians are managing information and responding to requests from students, academics, and members of the public. They are well placed to provide practical advice on topical copyright-related issues. This curriculum, which includes modules on the scope of copyright law, exceptions and limitations and managing rights, provides librarians from around the world with an opportunity to understand this important area of law.”

“Librarians and their professional organisations play key roles in shaping national and international copyright policy and in protecting and promoting access to knowledge,” said William Fisher, faculty director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, “eIFL.net has created a crucial network of librarians in developing and transition countries. It is essential that the members of that network have the fullest possible understanding, not just of the current copyright laws, but also of the ways in which those laws could and should be interpreted and modified in the future. We hope that this curriculum will help to advance that understanding.”

“Maximising access to educational and learning materials is critical for development in Africa,” said Benson Njobvu, University of Zambia. “Teaching students about legal information issues enhances the role of the librarian, preparing the next generation for a professional career in the digital age. We aim to produce librarians who will become well-informed advocates for access to knowledge. “Copyright for Librarians” is a valuable new resource that will help us to achieve our goal.”

The course materials of “Copyright for Librarians” — nine modules organised into five different levels — can be used as the basis for a self-taught course, a traditional classroom-based course, or as a distance-learning course. For more information and access to the course materials, visit: http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/copyrightforlibrarians/

eIFL.net is grateful to the Ford Foundation for their support of the development of “Copyright for Librarians.”

Notes for Editors

eIFL.net is an independent non-profit organization with a global network spanning 46 developing ad transition countries and thousands of libraries. eIFL.net brings access to knowledge to library users in developing and transition countries by building capacity, supporting advocacy and helping to introduce new services for the user, as well as affordable access to e-resources.

About the Berkman Center for Internet & Society
The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is a research program founded to explore cyberspace, share in its study, and help pioneer its development. Founded in 1997, through a generous gift from Jack N. and Lillian R. Berkman, the Center is home to an ever-growing community of faculty, fellows, staff, and affiliates working on projects that span the broad range of intersections between cyberspace, technology, and society. More information can be found at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu.

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National Poetry Month

This neat, easy and FREE idea for National Poetry Month:  http://100scopenotes.com/2010/03/30/poetry-month-gallery-student-book-spine-poems/. 

Book spine poetry:  students create poetry from titles on the spines of the books on library shelves. This could be fun & creative wordplay also for English language learners who are just becoming familiar with the language — plus, it gets them to actually look at the books and discover the collection.  Titles can be mixed and matched in whatever way the poet desires.

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Happy Jazz Appreciation Month!

Dear Window on America Center and American Corners Coordinators,

If you and your patrons like jazz music, April is a wonderful time.  It’s Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM). There are lots of e-resources to enhance your programming! 

JAM was launched in 2001 by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History to pay tribute to jazz as an historic and living American art form.  As the Museum’s Director, Brent Glass comments on the JAM homepage (http://www.smithsonianjazz.org/jam/jam_start.asp):

“Jazz is a truly American style of music that has played an important role in our heritage…. the genre has an important function in global diplomacy.” 

Among the many JAM homepage offerings, you’ll find this year’s downloadable JAM poster – a portrait of world-famous pianist Dave Brubeck, a PDF brochure “How to Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month,” and a daily Jazz Calendar. 

On the State Department’s International Information Programs special jazz website —  http://www.america.gov/jazz_america.html — you’ll find a Dave Brubeck interview; the 2010 touring schedule of Jazz Ambassadors in the “Rhythm Road American Music Abroad” program; links to some recorded jazz music from the Navy Commodores and  the weekly VOA “Jazz America” program hosted by Russ Davis; and more jazz features.     

Looking for authoritative background on jazz history and musicians?  Go to Popular Culture Universe where you’ll find numerous, jazz-related articles, biographies, and images —http://pop.greenwood.com/login.aspx  / UN: american; PW: library.  For a broad search, just type the word – jazz – in the Quick Search Box.  For a narrower search, enter more specific jazz-related terms.  Either way, you’ll find a lot of interesting details about jazz.

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