News and Announcements

Penn State to continue remote learning, online courses into summer

Given the continuing challenge and uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic and to protect the health of students, faculty and staff, Penn State has made the decision to extend virtual delivery of courses into the summer. Further, the University will adjust tuition for the summer sessions in light of the ongoing pandemic and the persistent fiscal strain it is causing across Pennsylvania and the country. Read more

Remember that you can rely on SITE Consultants to assist you in-person, remotely, or by email. Contact us at SITE@psu.edu to schedule a consultation.

Attention all Zoom users: New security settings to take effect on May 11

Zoom-bombings have been making headlines across the country this spring, and Penn State is no exception to the increase in security threats and breaches. To address these recent incidents in Zoom meetings, University-wide Zoom default setting changes will be implemented on May 11.

Read more here.

Copyright Workshops for Faculty

Penn State University Libraries' Office of Scholarly Communications and Copyright offers the following workshops for faculty and teaching assistants on issues related to copyright in course materials.

Introduction to Copyright: What’s Protected? (Part 1 of 3), Wednesday, May 27, 10 to 11 a.m. (Zoom) (Register on LRN)

Introduction to Copyright: When You Don’t Need Permission (Part 2 of 3), Wednesday, June 3, 10 to 11 a.m. (Zoom) (Register on LRN)

Introduction to Copyright: Permission and Who Can Grant It (Part 3 of 3), Wednesday, June 10, 10 to 11 a.m. (Zoom) (Register on LRN)

Have you ever wondered how things enter the public domain? What rights you have to control use of your work? What rights you have to use someone else’s work? Learn more about copyright law in this workshop series. This is an interactive series. Throughout it, participants will work in small groups to address hypothetical copyright questions and then debrief their responses as a full group. The series consists of three workshops: What’s Protected? (copyrightability, the public domain, and the rights of copyright holders), When You Don’t Need Permission (fair use and other user’s rights), and Permission and Who Can Grant It (authorship, works for hire, Creative Commons licenses, and seeking permission).

Fair Use Practice Session, Thursday, June 4, 2 to 3 p.m. (Zoom) (Register on LRN)

This workshop is intended for people who have completed the second portion of the Introduction to Copyright series, When You Do not Need Permission. I will start by providing a very brief overview of fair use. The remainder of the session will be devoted to discussing practice questions in small groups and then debriefing them as a full group.

The Fair Use Factors: Their History and Application, Wednesday, June 10, 3 to 4 p.m. (Zoom) (Register on LRN)

This is an advanced workshop for those who have completed the Introduction to Copyright series. The language of the fair use factors has changed very little since the nineteenth century, but the doctrine of fair use has changed a great deal. Understanding the history of the factors, particularly their changing importance, is crucial to making accurate fair use decisions today. This workshop will focus on fair use cases from the last forty years, tracing the relative importance of the four statutory factors and their subfactors. Participants will then be asked to practice applying current fair use law to a series of practice questions.

For more information, contact Ana Enriquez, Scholarly Communications Outreach Librarian, at aee32@psu.edu or (814) 865-1758.