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Book Cover Images and Copyright - The Librarian Who Doesn't Say Shhh! I’m creating this post because I get a surprising number of hits on my FAQ page about this specific question!

Book Cover Images and Copyright - The Librarian Who Doesn't Say Shhh!

I figure people are googling the question, so crafting a post on it might be helpful for my googlers (this kids googling for book reports on The Time Machine, however, are still out of luck). The question comes from librarians and teachers, and involves some combination of: How can you use copyrighted book cover images on your blog? Do you ask for publisher permission? Is this a copyright violation? And this is actually a really fascinating question! I was right. First, I must say that most of the books I read and review now are books I receive for review, and publishing the review with a cover image is encouraged by the publishers. Second, most cover images I use come from sites like Goodreads and Library Thing. Using a cover image in a blog post might be considered a reasonable risk. Of course, this only applies to cover images! Use thumbnail images (150 pixels). Tara Like this: Hafuboti. Hafuboti is the crazy dream of an Assistant Library Director/Creative Director, crafter, ukulele player, TV watcher, pop culture enthusiast, fibromyalgia manager, and Jim Henson fan.


The goal of this blog and my shop is to have fun, be creative, share (ideas, displays, and decor – some home and a lot at my Nebraska public library). This blog definitely started off as a place to express my personal style, but then quickly transformed into a much more library-focused blog. Generally I write about “Librarian Stuff” i.e. displays, signs, passive programs, and big themes. But don’t be surprised to find the random “Life ‘n Stuff” post – feel free to skip those if they aren’t your thing. My non-business name is Rebecca and I’m a bit of a perfectionist, but I try hard not to take things too seriously (especially myself). Want to learn more about the name Hafuboti and how the name came about, how to pronounce it, and what’s up with my ornaments’ odd names? About My Book Ornaments: Like this: The Unquiet Librarian.

A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet. Mighty Little Librarian. LibraryTopia, where librarians and media specialists talk about books, libraries, reference, apps, web tools and library essentials. The Daring Librarian. Donalyn Miller. I’ll admit that I hold my children’s teachers to a higher than reasonable standard.

Donalyn Miller

Would you want my kid in your English class? As a parent, I could be a burr in your saddle. I get that. I’m not a harassing parent, I promise. Most of my children’s teachers have no idea who I am, other than Celeste and Sarah’s mom. On the other hand, my children’s teachers don’t know who Penny Kittle is. Heck, my children’s teachers don’t know who Nancie Atwell and Lucy Calkins are. A line divides parents who know a lot about reading and their children’s less-knowledgeable teachers. My oldest granddaughter, Emma, spends an hour and a half at our house every morning and afternoon. Of course, I’m going to read with her. Emma has a reading log. The official blog of the Young Adult Library Services Association.

Greetings, YALSA members and interested parties!

The official blog of the Young Adult Library Services Association

The first month of the journey of this year’s presidential theme, Striving for Equity Using YALSA’s Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff is nearly over, and soon we will be looking at equity issues through the lens of each of the ten competencies. But before we move into August, I want to express appreciation to the many members and others who recently have taken the time to talk to me about what YALSA means to them, how YALSA could help them in their day job, and how fulfilling working with teens can be. All of this makes me full of gratitude. So before we move into the month-by-month examination of the theme, I decided to explore how in this time of inequity, outrage, and discord, gratitude can help break through the negativity and show us the path to achieving our goals.

Diana Butler Bass writes about this subject in her book Grateful (HarperOne, ISBN: 9780062659477, 2018).