There is a growing movement in technology, research, and education to allow and encourage free access to information and open collaboration. Instead of navigating the complex copyright laws and fair use doctrine, educators can take advantage of platforms such as Open Educational Resources (OER), Creative Commons (CC), open access (OA), and public domain materials; as well as Library licensed materials. Materials published under CC and OA license are protected by the U.S. copyright law but the licensing structures allow users to use and share those works without having to request permissions or make fair use determinations.
Using library-licensed resources for online courses avoids the need to perform fair use analyses or to seek permission from rightholders. When using library-licensed resources, faculty should use the permalink to the resource provided in library catalog search so that off-campus students can access the resource.
Electronic Resources at SMCCD Libraries that include scholarly databases, online journals, e-books, newspapers, magazines, videos and image databases, and reference databases. These resources are governed by license agreements, most of which allow the licensed material to be used for educational purposes by "authorized users." Authorized users are typically defined as SMCCD students, faculty, and staff. Most license agreements allow authorized users to: