Student Computer Labs Network - Print Credit

New name, new logo, new print system...

The University of North Texas General Access Computer Lab system is now the Student Computer Labs network (SCL). 

Beginning Fall 2014, the UNT Student Computer Labs will be using a print credit system. Currently enrolled students will receive a printing credit ($10.00) each semester to print academic related work in the UNT SCLs.

  • Students can print to meet their academic needs.
  • Students will encounter fewer printing restrictions.
  • Students can view their current print balance at printing.unt.edu.
  • Students will receive a fresh print credit at the beginning of each semester (Fall, Spring, Summer).

Printing will be provided by the UNT SCLs at the following rates:

  • Three cents ($0.03 per page for single-sided B&W printing
  • Five cents ($0.05) per page for duplex B&W printing
  • Ten cents ($0.10) per page for single-sided color (color printing is available in select SCLs)
  • Nineteen cents ($0.19) per page for duplex color

For more information, please visit Student Computer Labs Printing Information and Guidelines or contact Judy Hunter, 24 Center Administrator.

Ask A Shelver Service

Our new Ask A Shelver Service provides additional assistance for locating materials in the stacks now that the majority of the general collection has been moved to the 3rd floor of Willis Library. The shelvers are also able to assist with answering any questions you may have.

Our shelvers are easily identified by their green vests and Ask Me buttons.

For more information, please read Shifting Materials or visit the Willis Library Services Desk.

Authors Guild, Inc. v. Google, Inc., 954 F. Supp. 282 (S.D.N.Y 2013) and Fair Use Revisited

In revisiting this case, we remember that Google entered into agreements with numerous libraries such as Harvard University, the New York Public Library, and the Library of Congress to digitize millions of print books maintained in the collections of these libraries. Although most of the books Google scanned were out of print, the majority were still protected by copyright. However, each of the books protected by copyright and scanned by Google were only displayed via three snippet views as a result of a Google books search. Each snippet view also referred researchers to potential sellers of the books, such as Amazon.com. Google additionally created several limitations for each snippet view. Some of these limitations included only displaying one snippet view per page, no more than three snippet views were accessible regardless of how many times a user searched for a book, and at least one out of every ten pages of a book was redacted.

The Authors Guild objected to the scanning of the books in these various collections and sued Google alleging that Google committed copyright infringement by scanning the books, giving digital copies to the participating libraries (each partner library received a digital copy of each of their own books that was scanned), and by displaying portions of books via search engine results. The district court held that such scanning was not copyright infringement, served a social utility, and was instead fair use. This case is now on appeal.

In retrospect, some interesting insights manifested from this case. One of these interesting insights discussed at the Ball State Copyright Conference I attended last week was that the district court ruled in favor of fair use because Google used the copyrighted materials for a transformative purpose (for a purpose separate from the original creators’ purpose). The authors and publishers created these works to distribute information and to make money, whereas, Google used the works to create a searchable index and a location tool, which offered a new social value. Further, this transformative use created a transformative market, so it did not directly compete with the market served by the original creation. The court further noted that Google was really not directly benefiting monetarily from this transformative use. More importantly, this case and other recent cases indicated that when a court deemed a use of a copyrighted work as being transformative, the other three factors seemed to fall by the wayside. Why? The transformative purpose meets the first factor of fair use (purpose of use). Additionally, the transformative purpose creates a transformative market, thus the use complies with the fourth factor of fair use (the effect on the original market) and the transformative use does not directly compete with the original market; and the transformative use usually assuages any negative manifested issues in regard to how much of a work is used (the third factor), because the transformative nature of the use nullifies any lengthy use of the original item.

In sum, when a copyrighted item is used in a genuinely transformative manner, the judicial branch is consistently changing the way it analyzes fair use. The more transformative a use, the more the concerns with commercial effect and how much of an item is used becomes less important. Therefore, this is a reminder, that for now, fair use and transformative use is a fruitful tool for libraries to utilize when using copyrighted items. Although Congress is currently reviewing the modern Copyright Act, and it may issue a proposed new Act in one of the next sessions, the Judicial Branch’s current interpretation of fair use is greatly benefiting libraries in America. Therefore, it might not be a bad result for libraries if Congress leaves the current Copyright Act as-is. 

Thank a Teacher Program @ UNT

Let your voice be heard with a thank you note!

Outstanding teachers at UNT do make a difference for students. They make learning challenging and fun; they are available when needed; and they weather many storms with students to foster bright futures. When teachers have made this kind of a difference, many students wish for a way to say “Thanks”.

UNT students have the opportunity to say "Thanks" through the Thank a Teacher Program @ UNT. You have until Friday, December 5, 2014 to complete the form to share your thanks with your teacher(s). You may complete as many of these forms as you wish (one for each teacher you wish to thank). You may also choose to remain anonymous. Your notes will be sent to your teachers as part of a letter of recognition form the Provost.

Book Delivery Service for Faculty

There is a new Book Delivery Service for Faculty!

The Access Services Department will deliver library books to your main department office.  Deliveries are made on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  Book requests may be made through your ILLiad account .

Contact Access Services at 940-565-2413, e-mail us for more information, or visit the Faculty Delivery Service page.