[aisle] Recording Read-alouds

Moreillon, Judith Lynn jlmore at illinois.edu
Tue Apr 21 19:36:18 CDT 2020

Dear Jenna and AISLE Colleagues,
I agree with your contention, Jenna, that this is an opportune time “to advocate for the role of school librarians in copyright guidance, Fair Use compliance, and much, much more.” I also appreciate that you are taking a cautious approach about applying Fair Use Guidelines and honoring copyright during the pandemic.

I wrote a blog post on this topic that may be useful to you and your colleagues. I publicized it previously on the AISLE list, but I’m sharing again in case you missed it.


I also provided a webinar for AISLE members on April 7th.

On the blog post, I offered five ways to personalize author/illustrator/publisher content that is currently and freely available for our educational use. I am still hoping we can collaborate to identify long-term solutions since it is likely we will revisit these questions in the fall if the virus returns as predicted.

Stay safe and healthy.


Judi Moreillon, M.L.S., Ph.D.
Adjunct Associate Professor
2019 Scholastic Library Publishing Award
jlmore at illinois.edu<mailto:jlmore at illinois.edu>

School of Information Sciences

From: AISLE <aisle-bounces at list.railslibraries.info> On Behalf Of Jenna Nemec-Loise via AISLE
Sent: Tuesday, April 21, 2020 1:18 PM
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Cc: Jenna Nemec-Loise <jnemecloise at nscds.org>
Subject: Re: [aisle] Recording Read-alouds

Hi, Benjamin:

I'm also nervous about all those articles and posts saying, "Anything goes!" with copyrighted materials in pandemic times. Fair Use is more important than ever, and I applaud your consideration before posting read-aloud recordings for your school community.

Many individual publishers have issued their own sets of guidelines for how their works may be used while schools are closed. To the best of my knowledge, there are two main sources for this information:

  *   School Library Journal's COVID-19 Publisher Information Directory<https://docs.google.com/document/d/113E-0ffElTRoI7zsvk6gjxrAgepeD-JGAD55-ftSfrc/preview>
  *   Kate Messner's Publisher Guidelines on Fair Use for Online Storytimes & Read-Alouds during COVID-19 School Closures<https://www.katemessner.com/publisher-guidelines-on-fair-use-for-online-storytimes-read-alouds-during-covid-19-school-closures/>
Unfortunately, there's no one-size-fits-all answer here. Individual guidelines vary in terms of whether or not recordings can be made, where recordings can be posted, how long recordings can be accessible, and whether or not the publisher or imprint must be mentioned at the beginning of a read-aloud. It's best to check the individual publisher's guidelines before proceeding with a book.

At my school, I'm making lemonade wherever I can out of our remote learning lemons. This is a great opportunity to advocate for the role of school librarians in copyright guidance, Fair Use compliance, and much, much more.

I hope this helps!

Warmest regards,

Jenna Nemec-Loise, MLIS
Director of Library and Information Literacy
North Shore Country Day School<https://www.nscds.org/>
310 Green Bay Road | Winnetka, IL 60093
(847) 881-8803 | jnemecloise at nscds.org<mailto:jnemecloise at nscds.org>


On Tue, Apr 21, 2020 at 2:50 PM Benjamin Conrad via AISLE <aisle at list.railslibraries.info<mailto:aisle at list.railslibraries.info>> wrote:
Hello Collective Mind,
We want to do some read-alouds for our students to listen to from home.  We would like to have our teachers and librarians read the chapters and then post to our site, only accessible to students and staff with a password.  We also want to make sure we are copyright compliant.  I have seen the posts that say we can do whatever, and they make me nervous.  Is there a list, or a site to check, of books we have permission to read-aloud from the publisher or author?  Approval from the Caudill or Monarch authors to do read-alouds for our students at home? Or if all else fails a resource with a list of people to contact from publishers so we can ask for permission?
Thanks for any and all help!!!

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