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New Resource for Business, Design, Software, and Creative Skills | lynda.com

Have you ever wanted to learn more about Web design, better use Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, produce a cool video like some of your friends, learn how to use your digital camera beyond point and shoot, finally figure out how to use Adobe Photoshop?

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Bethel faculty, staff, and students now have access to the rich video tutorial library Lynda.com.  The videos are selected and created by professionals to cover the skills and the software training involved in the following categories:

  • 3D Animation
  • Audio and Music
  • Business
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • Design
  • Developer
  • Education
  • Information Technology (IT)
  • Marketing
  • Photography
  • Video
  • Web

The courses consist of short video clips arranged into a logical curricular order and provides sample exercise files to use for practice if necessary.

Grow your personal and professional skills or enhance what you are learning in your courses with this new resource and we look forward to seeing what you create!

You can learn more and see some featured courses at the Teaching and Learning Technology Online Support Center section on Lynda.com.

Preparing and Sharing Bethel Faculty Research Throughout the Research Lifecycle

With the beginning of the fall semester for the College of Arts and Sciences and the September 3 Celebration Chapel, Bethel faculty will enter the Benson Great Hall dressed in their “regalia” or academic robes. These robes demonstrate the great effort to achieve success in their chosen discipline and their presence at Bethel shows their commitment to sharing what they have learned with students while continuing to do some research themselves.

Students, have you ever been curious about what that journey is like and what Bethel faculty have published or created in their careers? Faculty, have you ever been preparing for a research grant and run into questions about what you will do with your data during and beyond the project? Have you wanted to share the products of your research or creative labor more widely and been frustrated by the accessibility of your work from the chosen publisher?

At the College of Arts and Sciences faculty retreat in August 2014, librarians Kent Gerber and Michael Mitchell discussed how the library is addressing these questions as they occur within this model of the research lifecycle.

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Research Lifecycle with Library Services

Emerging trends they discuss include the options the Bethel Library provides for a repository of Bethel’s scholarship and creative work, how funding bodies like the National Science Foundation (NSF) now require data management plans with any grant proposals, and better library search tool, called Summon, that includes more library resources in one place than ever before.

See the full presentation online Preparing and Sharing Your Research Throughout the Research Lifecycle

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Copyright in Space and David Bowie’s Dilemma

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David Bowie’s Space Oddity on the International Space Station

On May 13, 2014, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield announced on Twitter that his version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity performed on the International Space Station would be taken down from YouTube after his one year term of permission was over:

Bowie's last day - we had permission for a year, so our Space Oddity video comes down today. One last look: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaOC9danxNo …

This led to an outcry from the general public who viewed the video over 22 million times during the year it was available including appeals to David Bowie to keep the video up.

Ownership of the Song Rights

The irony here is that the publishers Essex Music International, Inc. / Onward Music, Ltd. managed by Bucks Music Group, not David Bowie, own the rights to give permission to his song. Bowie was publicly criticized by many when he was actually supportive of the video and encouraged the publishers to allow Hadfield to use it for free for one year. Other versions of the video are still available on YouTube through SkyNews and many others who downloaded a copy. Hadfield did his homework and planned for his video by contacting Bowie and Bucks Music Group to seek permission.

Copyright in Your Courses

As we seek to use content in our courses and our scholarship it is important to remember to consider how copyright is involved in your choices and what steps you can take to either use an items that is publicly available, claim fair use, or seek permission. The Bethel Library Copyright Guide can help you become more informed of your options.

The continuing development of this case study promises many more interesting discussions about the roles copyright and fair use in our culture. It can be argued that Hadfield’s video increased the awareness of the original work considerably and also rekindled the public’s interest in the International Space Station.

Correction (July 28, 2014):  A representative from Fairwood Music International notified me that they are not the music publisher and rights holder of Space Oddity and that the correct copyright holder is Essex Music International, Onward Music/Essex Retentions c/o Bucks Music Ltd., Essex Music International Inc., Onward Music/Essex Retentions c/o Bucks Music. Fairwood does publish many other David Bowie recordings, like Ziggy Stardust, Let’s Dance, and Fame, but does not manage Space Oddity.