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Advanced eCourse: Copyright 101
Mary Minow
Item Number: 1541-9129
Publisher: ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions
Price: $1,000.00
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12-week Asynchronous Advanced eCourse beginning September 14, 2015
An ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions and SJSU iSchool Advanced eCourse facilitated by Mary Minow

Estimated Hours of Learning: 72
Full participants earn the SJSU iSchool/ALA Publishing Advanced Certificate of Completion.

For today’s librarian, copyright is everywhere. Whether you’re dealing with print or digital materials – it’s difficult to work with a library collection without wading into the murky waters of copyright… for many of us, it’s even hard to know where to start. When your education doesn’t give you a background in copyright law, you might find yourself in over your head. If copyright isn’t your forte and you are in need of building your knowledge from the ground up – fear not, we have you covered with this new advanced eCourse!

In 12 weeks, Mary Minow—attorney, librarian and copyright expert—will develop your skills on what you need to know about copyright. Over the course you will go from copyright novice to a librarian who is capable of assisting patrons with a wide range of copyright issues—from open access and creative commons to licensing and digital rights management. You’ll come out of the eCourse equipped with tools to develop copyright policies for you and your staff.

Learning outcomes

This eCourse will provide you with the ability to: 

  • Explain copyright provisions in U.S. law that have particularly strong impacts on public access to information, particularly with regard to libraries and library users
  • Consider the core values of the library profession concerning open access to information
  • Develop concrete skills to help libraries flourish in the digital age of copyright, including advocacy skills
  • Understand broad developments that affect access to information such as international copyright relations, the open access movement, and creative commons
  • Appreciate emerging issues in licensing and digital rights management that have enormous implications for content control above and beyond copyright concerns

Participants who complete this Advanced eCourse will receive a SJSU iSchool/ALA Publishing Advanced Certificate of Completion. This certificate will affirm your status as having completed all the steps of an Advanced eCourse on Copyright 101 and will provide proof of your participation that you can add to your resume.

Advanced eCourses—a new format in which faculty from the SJSU iSchool will help you dig deep into cutting-edge topics during 12-week online courses, equipping you with potentially transformative knowledge and skills, and taking you from introductory through high-level content.

eCourse Outline

The eCourse outline will be posted shortly.

Within the week-by-week format, you will be able to work at your own pace and interact with the instructor through emails and message boards without the constraints of attending a live session at a specific time.

How this eCourse Works

The eCourse begins on September 14, 2015. Your participation will require approximately six hours a week, at times that fit your schedule. All activities take place on the website, and you will be expected to:
  • Read, listen to or view online content
  • Post to online discussion boards
  • Complete weekly assignments or activities
Instructor Mary Minow will monitor discussion boards regularly during the 12-week period, lead group discussions, and will also answer individual questions. All interaction will take place on the eCourse site, which will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's recommended that participants log into the site on September 14 or within a few days for an overview of the content and to begin the first lesson.
User Requirements

Participants will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message boards participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (mp3 files), and downloading and viewing PDFs and PowerPoint files. ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions eCourses are fully compatible with Windows and MacOs.

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About the Instructor

Mary Minow is counsel to the Califa Group and a library law consultant on issues of copyright, privacy, intellectual freedom, and related issues. She is a co-author of The Library's Legal Answer Book, and manages the website for the Stanford Copyright & Fair Use Center. Mary holds a J.D. from Stanford University and an M.L.S. from the University of Michigan.

Please note: Your purchase at the ALA Store is only Step 1 of a 2-Step Registration process!

Upon purchase you will receive a registration PDF in the form of a digital download. This PDF contains a link to our registration page and a password. You must download this PDF and follow the instructions in order to complete the registration. The download link can be found on the final confirmation screen after you complete your purchase, and may also be accessed from your Account History. Confirmation with login instructions, reminders, and alerts will go to the email address used in the registration.

This eCourse is licensed for a single user. For pricing and more information on bulk purchases in excess of $1,001, please contact us.


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