Teaching Copyright; Learning about Copyright

Last week I had a fabulous experience as Professor Harris at the Catholic University of America School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) where I developed and taught a one-week 3 credit graduate course entitled The Copyright & Licensing Institute (LSC 773.)

This five day highly intensive Institute surveyed various U.S., and some global, copyright law and licensing issues in libraries. We examined copyright, licensing and electronic rights (e-rights) in modern culture and technology, and applied this understanding to the use of copyright and licensed content in a variety of library settings.  We spent a full day at the U.S. Copyright Office where we were treated to a variety of interesting speakers and information.  Our in-class guest speakers included a contracts lawyer, a licensing librarian and a rights manager from the World Bank.

Topics for the course included: 1) The basics of copyright; 2) Digital copyright issues; 3) Library copyright issues; 4) Permissions and licensing; and 5) Managing copyright and licensing in libraries.  Required text were:

  1. Copyright Law for Librarians and Educators, Creative Strategies and Practical Solutions, 2nd ed.
    Kenneth D. Crews  ISBN: 0-8389-0906-X
  1. Licensing Digital Content, A Practical Guide for Librarians, 2nd ed.
    Lesley Ellen Harris  ISBN 978-0-8389-0992-8

On 11 June 2011, I am teaching a live full day course in Philadelphia: Copyright Compliance and Management.

On 12 June 2011, I am teaching a live full day course in Philadelphia:  Teaching Others About Copyright.

These latter two courses are part of the SLA Certificate in Copyright Management.

Courses offered through the American Library Association (ALA) on an on-going basis are Digital Licensing Online and Copyright & Electronic Resource Management.

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