Week 10: Copyright on YouTube

I talked a little bit about copyright in last week’s post about my screening of the documentary Paywall, so this week I’d like to go a little more in-depth. There are a few things to keep in mind around copyright on YouTube; a lot of this is because institutions who put video onto YouTube become information producers rather than simply providers. With this shift in roles comes a certain amount of legal responsibility that might not have been there before, which can be intimidating to institutions who might not feel like they have the expertise (or, more likely, time) to worry about it. This isn’t actually as big of a hurdle as one might worry about though; the average librarian has a much better understanding of copyright than the average YouTuber, and YouTube itself provides resources & documentation on the big things that folks are likely to have to worry about in a way that’s easy to understand. The company also has a number of systems in place to help protect themselves, a handy (but sometimes overkill) byproduct of interactions with Viacom in the late 2000’s. So, what will libraries have to worry about, and how might they overcome these hurdles? Continue reading “Week 10: Copyright on YouTube”

Week 9: YouTube Premieres Debrief

(Note: this week’s post is  a retrospective on my experimenting with a new function on YouTube called YouTube Premieres. The aim is to give other librarians an idea of how they can use it for their institutions and what goes into it.)

Since October 22-29 was Open Access Week,  UBC Library decided it might be cool to screen Paywall: The Business of Scholarship. (okay so it’s because I casually tweeted to them when it came out). Copyright librarian Stephanie Savage reached out to me to coordinate it, and on Monday the documentary was screened in IKB, with ~15 folks–a mix of librarians and profs–in attendance.

Continue reading “Week 9: YouTube Premieres Debrief”

Week 4: How have libraries used YouTube, or why not?

Alright, we’ve talked a little bit about what shows up on YouTube and the evolution of sundry genres on the platform, but by and large we’ve only talked about how individuals use the platform, not so much institutions. So, let’s look at the question: how are libraries using YouTube?

Note that anything that comes off as criticism in this week’s post definitely is not criticism of a given institution; we all know that libraries have some issues at the moment when it comes to funding, and making videos for the internet is not free.  So, let’s get into it.

Continue reading “Week 4: How have libraries used YouTube, or why not?”

Week 2.1: Libraries vs. YouTube – Collection Development

Libraries have things in all kinds of shapes and formats, and generally these things are acquired according to some kind of policy. For ease (as I just finished my course on Collection Management this summer), here’s a definition by Peggy Johnson in “Fundamentals of Collection Development & Management”:

Collection development: Originally denoted activities involved in developing a library collection in response to institutional priorities and user needs and interests— that is, the selection of materials to build a collection. Collection development was understood to cover several activities related to the development of library collections, including selection, determination and coordination of policies, needs assessment, collection use studies, collection analysis, budget management, community and user outreach and liaison, and planning for resource sharing.

Johnson, Peggy.  (2014).  Fundamentals of Collection Development & Management, 3rd edition.  Chicago, IL:  American Library Association.  (Emphases mine)

Continue reading “Week 2.1: Libraries vs. YouTube – Collection Development”