Review for “Must Have” Resource: Canadian Copyright in Schools and School Libraries

March 14, 2016 (0 Comments)

Posted by: ASLC

Canadian Copyright in Schools and Libraries – now featured on

Author: John Tooth



Price: $39.95

Canadian Copyright in Schools and School Libraries addresses copyright issues that typically arise in those educational settings.  The author's goal is to provide some direction to help school staff across Canada answer copyright questions in their daily work. This publication offers some focus for the reasonable handling of copyright issues based on legal interpretation and case law.

John Tooth is a professional librarian and educator with an MLIS from the University of Western Ontario, an MEd and PhD from the University of Winnipeg.  After a brief retirement, John accepted a position as Copyright Officer and Head of the Copyright Office for the University of Winnipeg Library beginning in October 2012. Prior to this, he was coordinator of the Instructional Resources Unit of Manitoba Education, and served as the copyright consultant for the Department and for schools for some 35 years.  He now undertakes education and copyright consulting work.

Review by Judith Sykes:

The school library community has been anticipating the publication of Canadian Copyright in Schools and Libraries for some time now and they will not be disappointed. As a vibrant companion to the most current Copyright Matters (3rd Edition), copyright authority John Tooth provides a concise, expertly written interpretation of print and digital copyright law for Canadian schools in clear and easily read prose using examples familiar to schools to enhance understanding. Tooth begins by noting what can and cannot be copied, then explains and updates user’s rights in the revised Copyright Act and Supreme Court Decisions on Fair Dealing. He proceeds to cover creator’s rights specifying teacher and student rights, provides updated information on licensing and contracts, and specific works and subject matter pertinent to schools such as print and digital school library resources, textbooks, music scores, news clips, DVD, tests and examinations, websites and more. Procedures for attaining creator’s permissions are provided with sample forms in the appendices that also include sample posters for schools to use on fair dealing guidelines for staff and students, and a sample district form for handling creator complaints. An extensive bibliography with web resources and index complete the book.

All schools should have a copy of this book in the school library and library staff and principals should read and be familiar with it for two purposes. One, it is an excellent source to use to educate student and staff on copyright. And two, it is excellent reference for school library staff to use on a daily basis. For example, when the social studies teacher wants to copy a news show, the music teacher asks about scores or royalties, a teacher wishes to show a popular movie in class, or another teacher inquires about copying chapters from a book to use in class or place in a web course they are designing, or students or teachers want to post images on presentations. These are just a few common school examples, Tooth addresses these and nearly anything else that could typically arise in schools and provides sources if further information might be needed. School district departments responsible for libraries and copyright should also have this book as well as school library education programs and teacher education programs.


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