Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Copyright Awareness Part 4 : The Copyright LIbGuide

by Deb Knippel, Ministry Library & Information Consultant

Pop Quiz!*
1.     True or False: Once a work is printed, recorded or otherwise fixed; it is automatically protected by copyright. No copyright symbol is required.
2.     True or False: You can freely share documents found on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.
3.     True or False: The “Fair Use Checklist” is a tool to help you determine use of a particular work.
4.     True or False: You need to assess permission before using material found on the internet, in journal articles, or books.

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You can find the answers to these and other copyright questions on the Copyright LibGuide! This Guide pulls together related content about copyright in one location for your easy reference. This can be found on the Library without Walls home page under Libguides/Research Guides.

For assistance in obtaining copyright permission:
·         Complete the “Request for Copyright Permissions and Licenses”
·         Your request will be researched and permission determined
·         If necessary, a permissions request will be sent to the author or copyright owner
·         Submit a request as soon as you have identified a work you want to use. It can often take weeks or even months to obtain permission.
·         You will receive notification of permission and any conditions specified.
·         An email or submission of an on-line request is usually adequate to obtain permission but we are sometimes required to sign a license or contract. In this case, we would need to have a legal review.
·         Your request will be entered in the Completed Copyright Permissions and Licenses database for future reference.

Copyright is not black and white. The rules are not exact but we do need to be aware of how copyright impacts the work we do.
When in doubt, always ask for permission and remember..your Librarians,Michele Matucheski and Deb Knippel are available to help you with copyright questions as well as other reference needs.
*All answers are true

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Copyright Awareness Part 3 : Fair Use

by Deb Knippel, Ministry Health Care Library & Information Consultant

Fair use of a copyrighted work for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, or research, is NOT an infringement of copyright.  Fair use is determined on a case by case basis considering these four points: 
  1. The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes 
  2. The nature of the copyrighted work
  3. The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole.
  4. The effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work

Note on Fair Use in education:  Education in a corporate environment (such as MHC) has more restrictive permissions than those granted in an academic environment such as a school or university.   For example, it would be permissible to show a segment of film in an academic classroom as part of a course.  Showing a segment of a film, even for educational purposes, in a corporate educational program or meeting would require permission.

Learn more about Fair Use

Once you have decided that you would like to use a work:
  • Look for “Terms of Use”, Creative Commons or other information that may outline permissions. 
  • Check our Completed Copyrights QuickBase Application to see if permission has already been secured.  This data base lists what permissions Ministry Health Care has acquired for the system, permissions for each work and access to the correct document. 
  • If you are unable to determine permission, use the Copyright Decision Tree for assistance in determining the best action for what you would like to use.  (Adapted from Wayne State University Libraries - Used with Permission)
  • Your Librarians can assist with contacting the copyright holder if needed. 
  • When requesting permission to use a work, remember to request for the MHC system not just for your department or facility. 

Want to learn more now?  Visit the Copyright LibGuide!

Remember, your Librarians, Michele Matucheski and Deb Knippel are available to help you with copyright questions as well as other reference needs.  

Copyright Awareness Part 2 : About Free Content

by Deb Knippel, Ministry Health Care Library & Information Consultant

Public Domain:  Public domain works are not restricted by copyright and do not require permission to use. Public domain status allows the user unrestricted access and unlimited creativity.
The three main categories of public domain works are:
  1. Works that automatically enter the public domain upon creation, because they are not copyrightable:
    • Titles, names, short phrases and slogans, familiar symbols, numbers
    • Ideas and facts (e.g., the date of the Gettysburg Address)
    • Processes and systems (e.g., gardening)
    • Most Government works and documents (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, etc.)
  2. Works that have been assigned to the public domain by their creators
  3. Works that have entered the public domain because the copyright on them has expired
(Note: Use of some works, such as ideas and symbols, may be restricted by other laws, such as patent, trademark, or trade secret.)

Creative Commons:    A nonprofit organization which provides a simple, standardized way to give the public permission to share and use creative works.

  • Materials found on the internet that have a Creative Commons License have less restrictive permissions.
  • There are different levels of Creative Commons licensing    (See “Terms of Use” at the bottom of the webpage )
  • Watch this 3 minute animated video “Wanna Work Together?” to learn more about Creative Commons
Free Images: Images are often needed for PowerPoint presentations, flyers, newsletters and other forms of communication or education.  

  • Images are protected by copyright unless otherwise stated 
  • Some of our library databases allow for the use of images internally
  • There are several sources for free images

Attribution:  Providing credit to the author of a work and the source of the information.  

  • All works referenced, used, copied or adapted (with or without permission) must have an attribution or a citation
  • Attribution does not take the place of permission
  • Used with permission” in a citation means that the author of the document you are reading has obtained permission.  To use the content you will also need to obtain permission. 
  • There are several formats for attribution.  Contact your Librarians for assistance if needed. 
Want to learn more now?  Visit the Copyright LibGuide!

Remember, your Librarians, Michele Matucheski and Deb Knippel are available to help you with copyright questions as well as other reference needs.  

April is Copyright Awareness Month : Part 1

The MHC Librarians have unofficially designated April to be Copyright Awareness Month!        by Deb Knippel, Ministry Health Care Library & Information Consultant
Sharing journal articles, videos, forms, tools and other resources found on the internet helps us be more efficient in our work but sharing also means we have a responsibility to respect copyright law.  Watch for our weekly posts this month!
Let’s start with the Basics:
  • Once anything is written or recorded it is automatically copyrighted.  No copyright symbol is required.  
  • Most forms, tools or other resources found on the internet or in books or journals require permission to use or modify.
  •  Scroll to the bottom of a web page and click on “Terms of Use” to get more information on permissions.
  • Become familiar with the Ministry Health Care System Policy on Copyright which can be viewed at this link:  CI-31 Copyright Compliance.pdf.

  • Watch the animated video clip Copyright Basics (6 minutes).  It is an excellent (and entertaining) overview of copyright. 

Want to learn more now?  Visit the Copyright LibGuide!

Remember, your Librarians, Michele Matucheski or Deb Knippel are available to help you with copyright questions as well as other reference needs.  

Friday, April 1, 2016

NEW Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice 2016

A brand new edition of The Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice (c2016) was just published.
Follow the direct link (via Ovid) to access now.

It’s also available via The Nursing Standards LibGuide on the Nursing Procedures Tab.

You can find ALL of our eBooks (and more) through our

Questions or comments?  Contact your Librarians :

Michele Matucheski or Deb Knippel

Ask-a-Librarian : Do we have Perry & Potter?

Question: Do we have electronic access to a reference by Perry and Potter? I am hearing that this is a great nursing resource? Thanks!

Answer :  I believe you are referring to the “Perry and Potter” book, officially known as :

Clinical Nursing Skills and Techniques (Perry & Potter) by Anne Griffin Perry; Patricia A. Potter; Wendy Ostendorf           ISBN: 9780323083836                Publication Date: 2014
Purchase at Amazon

Unfortunately, we do NOT have online access to this wonderful reference.  The publisher knows how valuable it is, and they do NOT make it available for purchase as a single eBook to Libraries or institutions.  They will only sell it as part of a much larger online package called Clinical Skills or Clinical Key for Nursing, which are similar to Nursing Reference Center.

We do have a print copy at the Mercy Medical Center Library in Reference, meaning it does not circulate.     
Deb Knippel also has a print copy at the St Michael’s Hospital Library at 2501 Main in Stevens Point.
On the Affinity side, this was always the go-to nursing procedure manual, so every nursing floor/department had their own copy—again because the online version was not available to us.
If you want to check a particular chapter or section, I can scan and email select pages to you.

You can find several alternative Nursing Procedures references (eBooks and/or Print) on The Nursing Standards LibGuide at  which also includes links for Nursing Reference Center.

Nursing Reference Center has a great Skills & Procedures section that IS available online all over Ministry Health Care.  Take the tour here.

Your Librarian,

Michele Matucheski, MLS, AHIP – Librarian and Information Consultant