During the COVID-19 pandemic, many publishers are temporarily lifting or adjusting their copyright guidelines and permissions. These expanded permissions allow librarians to continue to provide Storytime programming in a digital format and to connect to children and families virtually.
School Library Journal maintains a COVID-19 Publisher Information Directory of guidelines by publisher. Librarians are encouraged to follow the publishers’ guidelines and to reach out to publishers directly with specific questions.
According to Sarah Ostman, ALA Public Programs Office, there is “growing consensus among copyright experts that posting online story times to continue mission-driven library and educational services during the coronavirus emergency is a fair use.”
See Online Story Time & Coronavirus: It’s Fair Use, Folks, from the American Library Association Public Programs Office for more information.
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