Copyright Boot Camp for Librarians
Friday, October 25, 2019
Friday, October 25, 2019
9:00 am to 2:00 pm

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WNYLRC Training Center


Join WNYLRC for a copyright session designed to take librarians through the basics all the way to negotiating content licenses!  During this 5-hour workshop, attendees will learn the fundamentals of copyright, explore the copyright laws specifically pertaining to libraries and archives, consider copyright issues related to streaming, digitization, ADA accommodations, and get practical tips for negotiating content licenses. Designed to be accessible and  interactive, this workshop invites you submit your questions in advance, or bring them that day.  Attendees will leave with worksheets and written materials to assist with managing day-to-day copyright concerns at their library.  Presented by Stephanie (Cole) Adams, WNYLRC's "Ask the Lawyer" service attorney. Lunch will be provided.


Copyright Basics and emerging issues 9-10

Copyright Section 108 ("Just for Libraries") 10-10:45

[small break 10:45-11)

Copyright Section 107 (Fair Use) 11-12:15

Lunch break with time for Q&A 12:15-12:45

ADA and other important rights and exceptions: 12:45-1:15

Copyright licensing issues & Contract Negotiations: 1:15-1:45

Wrap-up and Q&A until 2PM


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Stephanie Cole Adams
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Stephanie (nickname: Cole) Adams is an attorney advising libraries, creative professionals, civic organizations, and higher education institutions as they build our culture. She first developed a deep connection to libraries working as a page, then clerk, at her hometown library in New Hartford, NY.  For over 10 years, Ms. Adams was the in-house counsel at Niagara University, where she routinely conducted trainings in discrimination and workplace respect.  She is now the owner of her own practice, the Law Office of Stephanie Adams, PLLC, in Buffalo.  Ms. Adams is admitted to practice in both the state and federal courts of New York (and you may be familiar with her work...Cole works staffs the WNYLRC's "Ask the Lawyer" service).

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Professional Development Workshop: Protest and Citizenship: Using Primary Sources to Create Evidence-Based Arguments


Professional Development Workshop: Protest and Citizenship: Using Primary Sources to Create Evidence-Based Arguments


2 Professional Development Sessions that Support C3 Framework and Next Generation English Language Arts Learning Standards

Mondays, December 2 and 9, 2019 from 8:30am-2:30pm

Location: WNYLRC Training Center (4950 Genesee Street, Buffalo, NY)


The goal of this professional development program is to:

  • Introduce educators to the principles of communication across the curriculum and communication in the disciplines;
  • Build a knowledge base of digital primary sources available through the Library of Congress;
  • Understand and develop strategies to foster critical thinking through communication across the curriculum techniques;
  • Identify key considerations for selecting primary sources for instructional use;
  • Identify how argument and communication techniques can be effectively used in the social studies or history classroom;
  • Develop and implement practical strategies to support evidence-based arguments;
  • Lead supported debate to deepen students’ ability to use valid reasoning and evidence;
  • Implement reflection to integrate learning and achieve writing or communication goals; and
  • Create a new and refreshing 21st century classroom where teachers can offer students an environment of blended learning in which students are active participants.

Each attendee will be required to attend two full day sessions:

  • The first full-day session will be devoted exploring how to foster critical thinking through communication across the curriculum techniques; building a knowledge base of digital primary sources; and conducting inquiry-based learning with primary sources.
  • The second full-day session will be devoted to introducing the TPS Teachers Network for further sources and lesson plans; instructing using inquiry, argument and writing in the social studies or history classroom; and conducting pop-up debate and reflection to further communication and writing outcomes.

We are very excited to launch this new program for interdisciplinary civic engagement learning and hope that you will participate in a unique endeavor that offers the best from the ELA and social sciences fields.


Dr. Ann Rivera, Director, Writing Across the Curriculum, Chair, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies at Villa Maria College, and member of the Buffalo Board of Education

Heidi Ziemer, Outreach & Digital Services Coordinator, Western New York Library Resources Council, and Teaching with Primary Sources Professional Development Provider Institute Coach


Stipends are available to reimburse the cost of substitute teachers


CTLE credit will be available and lunch will be provided


Contact Dr. Ann Rivera at or Ms. Heidi Ziemer at for more information about registration



This program is sponsored in part by the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Eastern Region Program, coordinated by Waynesburg University.