Carrie Russell, director of the Program on Public Access to Information at ALA’s Office of Information Technology Policy in Washington, D.C, writes for American Libraries about Copyright for Librarians and Teachers, in a Nutshell. This article is an excellent quick guide to how teachers and librarians can navigate copyright law for all of the lesson plans and resources they create on the job.
“You may have wondered whether you hold the copyright to work you’ve put many hours into creating on the job. Who holds the copyright to works created by teachers or librarians? Short answer: In general, when employees create works as a condition of employment, the copyright holder is the employer.”