Fair Dealing, Freedom to Read, and Open Education Weeks

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It’s been a busy couple of weeks in the library world raising awareness around a variety of issues near and dear to us.

Fair Dealing Week (Fair Use Week in the U.S.), which happened February 26 – March 2, is “an annual celebration…designed to highlight and promote the opportunities presented by fair use and fair dealing.”  Fair dealing is the exception in the Canadian Copyright act that allows the use of a copyright-protected work without permission “for the purposes of research, private study, criticism, review, news reporting, education, satire, or parody, providing the use is ‘fair.'”  What does that mean to you? The Fair Dealing Canada website has a number of stories of fair dealing explained in practical and personal terms, demonstrating the importance of the Fair Dealing exception.

Freedom to Read Week also happened February 25-March 3. “Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom.” In the past we’ve often focused on banned books during this week, and while that continues to be an issue, this interview with the CEO of Edmonton Public Library explores all of the other ways libraries work to protect Canadians’ right to explore and express ideas and opinions.

Open Education Week is March 5-9.  Coordinated by the Open Education Consortium, the goal of Open Education Week is “to raise awareness about free and open educational opportunities that exist for everyone, everywhere, right now.”  Take a look at the Projects & Resources section of the Open Education Week website to get a sense of all the different open educational projects going on, or take a look at RDC’s Open Educational Resources guide to see how these tools can be used locally.

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