Happy Belated Birthday to the copier – causing librarians everywhere to shake their heads since 1959

The first “copy” was created using static electricity by inventor Chester Carlson on October 22, 1938. Decades later in 1959, the Xerox machine came on the market and changed how we do business forever. Read more at NPR.com.

First Xerox Copier

Xerox’s first commercial copy machine


Photocopiers have long been found in libraries, allowing library patrons to photocopy pages from books. Librarians everywhere can be found shaking their heads in disbelief as patrons proceed to photocopy not just pages, but chapters from a book. So what’s the big deal? Copyright compliance.


Somewhere a misconception began that it is “ok” to copy no more than 10% of any book. Actually, the U.S. copyright law makes no mention of this. The truth is, it is a violation of copyright law to reproduce any part of a published work to which copyright still exists. However, their may be exceptions under the doctrine of Fair Use, found in section 107 of the U.S. copyright law, which lists “various purposes for which the reproduction of a particular work may be considered fair,” including teaching, scholarship, and research. Four factors are given to determine whether a use is fair. More on this in a later blog post – stay tuned!


Until then, we urge our users to ask our friendly library staff for permission when photocopying library books. We will most likely say go ahead, but please don’t let us see you photocopying an entire book! That most certainly would not be considered fair use.



Acland’s presents Human Anatomy for your viewing pleasure!

When you don’t have the option of dissecting a human body, Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy is the next best choice.  It offers a three-dimensional look at human anatomy with 300 narrated videos of real cadavers that retain their color, texture, and mobility.

The videos display in the reverse order of a dissection, showing the bones, then joints, muscles, and lastly, the blood, vessels and nerves.  The videos also show moving muscles, tendons, and joints helping users truly visualize the structure of the human body.

Please click on the video below for a sample.

Skilled clinical anatomists dissected the cadavers.  The black background of the videos accentuates the shape and definition of the body.  The narration of each video precisely matches the moving images, and each body part is clearly labeled.

At the end of each volume, users have the option of taking an exam of the content.  All it requires is signing up for a free account.

To view the videos:

  1. If you are not on the College of Medicine campus, please log in for off-campus access.  Please note: the license for Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy is restricted to College of Medicine faculty, staff, and students.
  2. Go to the Health Sciences Library website:  http://med.ucf.edu/library
  3. Click on the “Online Databases” link on the left hand side.
  4. Type “Acland” in the search box or browse by subject and choose “Videos.”
  5. Click on the “Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy” link.
  6. Choose a video and enjoy!

Please contact the library if you have any questions.