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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: 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. Last week, Emma and I re-read three outstanding wordless picture books, Flashlight by Lizi Boyd, The Troublemaker by Lauren Castillo, and Molly Idle’s Flora and the Flamingo, a 2014 Caldecott Honor Book.

These books are standouts—amazing pieces of storytelling. The official blog of the Young Adult Library Services Association. “Challenge yourself at #PLA2016 to be extraordinary because extraordinary libraries create extraordinary communities.”

The official blog of the Young Adult Library Services Association

This was the theme for the bi-annual conference and it seemed to have genuinely expressed just that. I began the conference by leading a preconference titled “Emerging Adults in Our Libraries: Who are They and Where do we Find Them?” And while the theme doesn’t specifically pertain to teen services I think a lot of teen librarians (and this was part of the impetus for the research for the presentation) will attest to the reality that this is something they see and think a lot about with serving teens; what happens to them in terms of services and programs after they “age out” of teen services? This was a central focus of the research that myself and three other librarians embarked upon in 2015 by launching a nation wide survey into the work libraries are doing with and for emerging adults (ages 18-25/30).