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SCF Libraries Policies

Policies regarding library services and resources for SCF Libraries in all three campuses.

Copyright Policies & Digital Access

Copyright, Photocopying & Digitization 


Statement of Copyright (Title 17. U.S. Code) 

The SCF Libraries abide by all U.S. Copyright laws. There are many guides & tutorials on Copyright The SCF Libraries have several guides on Copyright and Fair Use as it relates to Academic purposess & OER.  


Fair Use  

Fair Use provides for limited use of copyright materials for educational research purposes without permission from the copyright holders.  There are four factors with are used to determine ‘fair use’. 

These four factors are: 

  1. The purpose and character of the use; including whether such use is of commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes 

  1. The nature of the copyrighted work; usually factual or nonfiction is more likely to be considered fair, versus creative works, except for criticism 

  1. The amount and substantiality of the use; and 

  1. The effect on the market for the underlying work; or impact on sales of the original work. 


It is important to note that none of these factors alone is definitive. All four must be considered. Also, there are no definitive guidelines outside of what has been determined by Courts on specific cases. 


Copyright Clearance Center  

The SCF Libraries have an annual subscription (license) with Copyright Clearance Center, that covers the use of certain (not all) copyrighted material by faculty for use in their courses.  

Such licensed content may be stored in the LMS, or distributed within the institution to students, faculty, and staff for non-commercial educational purposes.  

To search for permissions to photocopy or share content electronically through Copyright Clearance Center, you must register an account at RightFind Academic

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Users must use their SCF email address when setting up their account. 


Statement of Photocopying 

The following statement is posted at all photocopies within the Library. 

Notice: The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. The person using this equipment is responsible for any infringement. 


Requests for Digitization 

The SCF Libraries do not provide digitization currently, due to staffing & technology limitations.  

However, in exigent circumstances, efforts to respond to digitization needs will be made on a case-by-case-basis, following all U.S. Copyright laws and allowing for available time, effort, technology & digital rights management.   

If a request is deemed to fall outside professional practice, the Library will deny the request. 


Help with Copyright 

The SCF Librarians will provide guidance on Copyright Use and will help faculty determine if their concerns are answered by Copyright law or if their sources fall within the Copyright Clearance Center licenses, but they are not lawyers and do not grant copyright permission. 


Digital Access

The SCF Libraries digital/electronic resources are only available to current SCF students, faculty, and employees.

Login to access electronic resources is done with the same credentials used in MySCF.

Patrons not associated with SCF (community guests, reciprocal borrowers, etc.) cannot get remote access to electronic resources. Access can be provided for guests on-site at the campus libraries by an SCF Librarian.