Fair Use Week is upon us!  This week is a great time to focus on the factors to consider when determining if you can reuse someone else’s (and sometimes your own) work…

Think you already know all the ins and outs of fair use?

Curious what fair use is?

Looking to face your fear of legal quandary?

Love taking online quizzes?

Whatever the reason, try out this fair use quiz MIT made to test your knowledge.

 

Fair Use Quiz by MIT Libraries, used under Creative Commons license CC BY-NC 4.0

Fair Use Quiz by MIT Libraries, used under Creative Commons license CC BY-NC 4.0

And, if you are trying to decide whether you yourself can reuse particular images, figures, tables, text, etc., take advantage of the Fair Use Evaluator from the American Library Association.  It’s a great tool to guide and document your own decision making process.

 

Post contributed by Judy Rabinowitz

 

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Monday, February 22nd marks the beginning of Fair Use Week, a time to celebrate the balance in copyright law that addresses freedom of speech and accelerates advancement in education, the arts, science – you name it!

If you use other people’s work, such as images, and/or create content yourself, fair use is an important aspect of copyright law you should know about.  Before you add those images, tables, and figures to your next paper or load those excerpts up on TUSK and Trunk or post that content to your website, consider whether or not copyright law allows it.  Fair use may just be the reason you can.

But how do you know??  Never fear, Hirsh Health Sciences Library is here to help!  We provide information about fair use, including the factors to weigh when determining if you can reuse a work.  You can also send us your specific questions for some guidance on making a decision.

Lastly, join us for a workshop on using images next week.  We’ll survey and search image collections licensed by Tufts and in the public domain.  We will also discuss options for storage, display, and citing sources.  The session will be repeated.  Attend in Sackler 510, either on Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 4-5pm or Friday, February 26, 2016, 9-10am.

Post contributed by Judy Rabinowitz

 

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Hello everyone! On Monday, February 15th, Hirsh Health Sciences Library will be open noon to 7 pm – shortened hours in honor of President’s Day. We will be open normal hours over the weekend, however, so we look forward to seeing you here in the library!

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Having begun this Monday (February 8), celebrations marking Year of the Monkey will continue for the next two weeks. Often referred to as “Chinese New Year”, the Lunar New Year is celebrated throughout Asia. In Vietnam, Lunar New Year is celebrate as Tết.

Animals from the Chinese zodiac are associated with each new year.. This year is the Year of the Monkey. The Chinese zodiac has a 12 year cycle, so the next  Year of the Monkey will be in 2028.

Fireworks, feasts, family reunions and parades are some of the well-known festivities associated with the Lunar New Year. However, there are a great many traditions associated with the Lunar New Year that are centuries old, such as the hanging of traditional ‘new years’ poems, cleaning the home, the receiving new clothes and getting one’s haircut.

If you are celebrating Lunar New Year, we wish safe travels and  much joy and prosperity this year! 恭贺新禧  Happy New Year!

Learn more about Lunar New Year:

Lunar New Year 2016: Facts, Dates, And Ancient Traditions (Huffington Post)

Stories about Chinese New Year (NPR.org)

Lunar New Year in pictures (BBC.com)

 

Photo credit: Poa Mosyuen, used with permission under Creative Commons license

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Schoolwork stressing you out? Got the winter blues? Hirsh Library and the Student Advisory & Health Administration Office (SAHA)  are here to help! We love you and know you’re working hard, so we’re joining forces to bring you a week filled with fun activities to help you de-stress.

Here are the events in the library:

Tuesday 2/9, 2:30pm
Library Study Break: Afternoon Tea
Take a study break and join us on Sackler 4 for tea and treats

Thursday 2/11 and Friday 2/12, 12pm
Library Fun Lab: Valentine’s Crafts
Drop-in and make a valentine! We’ll have a variety of supplies out so you can craft something to show your love or appreciation for a friend, family member, or that special someone (your favorite librarian, perhaps?).

Keep an eye out for SAHA’s events on Wednesday and Friday:

Wednesday 2/10, All Day
Kisses and Inspiration
The Student Wellness Advisor will be roaming around campus delivering sweets and encouragement

Friday 2/12, 2pm
Unconditional Love from Furry Friends
Come to Sackler 114 and unwind before the holiday weekend with therapy dogs, healthy snacks, and a chocolate fountain!

By now you have probably heard that Punxsutawney Phil, that most famous of Pennsylvanian marmots, did not see his shadow, foretelling an early spring this year. Lucky us!

Aside from wresting a fat, sleepy rodent from his burrow, there are other traditions associated with this day…including eating groundhog! They are not a threatened species, and are generally considered to be pest animals, especially to gardeners. So maybe it is not shocking that when chef and food writer (and farmer) Ian Knauer found his vegetable beds decimated by a groundhog, he decided to eat the culprit, an event chronicled in his book The Farm, accompanied by a recipe for Groundhog Cacciatore.

I think I will stick to a different Groundhog Day treat, this adorable groundhog-shaped Groundhog Day Cake from CakeSpy!

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February is Thesis/Capstone/ALE Boot Camp Month!

During the month of February, Hirsh Library will be offering a 4-part ‘boot camp’ for students  undertaking a thesis, Capstone or ALE project.

Workshops are held on Wednesdays 4:00pm-5:00pm and then repeated on Fridays 9:00am-10:00am. Workshops will be held in Sackler 510.

Intro to the Lit Review
Wednesday, Feb. 3 & Friday, Feb. 5

Tools to Manage Writing
Wednesday, Feb. 10 & Friday, Feb. 12

Citation Tool Overview
Wednesday, Feb. 17 & Friday, Feb. 19

Using Images
Wednesday, Feb. 24 & Friday, Feb.26

 

Registration is encouraged: http://hirshlibrary.tufts.edu/services/open-workshops

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Please join us giving a warm welcome to our new Collections Assistant, Sia Samiean!

Sia studied Art History and Painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University for three years, but ultimately graduated from Laguna College of Art and Design in California with a Bachelor’s in Painting and Illustration.  After five years as a Lead Bookseller for Barnes & Noble, he went on to Harvard Widener Library to assist with the “Smart-Barcoding” Project. He then worked for the Internet Archive based in the Boston Public Library as a Book Digitizing Operator with a principal focus on digitizing the John Adams Library. Most recently, he worked as an Inventory Control Manager for Crate and Barrel.  We’re so happy to have him as a member of our staff!

 

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In honor of the holiday, Hirsh Health Sciences Library will be open shortened hours on Monday, January 18th: from noon to 7 pm.

We hope you have a good (long) weekend, and we’ll see you for normal hours on Tuesday!

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Our new website has been live for almost a month and we hope you’ve had the chance to explore it! If not, take a moment to familiarize yourself with all the great updates.

Here are some of our favorite new features :

  • The new website has a more enhanced user experience for mobile devices.
  • The most popular links, including PubMed and UpToDate, will still be at users’ fingertips within the Quick Links section.
  • Users can view the latest hours for the Café with a link to the menu for the week.
  • The new website includes the added “Available Technology” feature with the number of items  available for checkout in real time.

To access our new website navigate to:http://hirshlibrary.tufts.edu.

We welcome all feedback! You can share your experience here .

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