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Asynchronous eCourse beginning March 3, 2014 and continuing for 4 weeks
An ALA Editions eCourse facilitated by Lesley Ellen Harris
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This eCourse is licensed for a single user.
Estimated Hours of Learning: 18
Certificate of Completion available upon request
Libraries are hubs of content, not all of it purchased or licensed from traditional publishers. As libraries move into the roles of publisher, platform-provider, or aggregator, making sure that your staff has basic knowledge of copyright is important. Following copyright best practices can protect your institution from cease-and-desist letters, time-draining threats, and lawsuits. The first step is to develop an effective and practical copyright education plan.
- Understanding the risks of copyright infringement and how to protect your library from lawsuits
- Understanding the need for compliance under U.S. and global copyright law
- Evaluating copyright issues in your library
- Developing a copyright education plan
- Assessing materials, content, and technology in order to equip an instruction team for your institution
- Keeping your educational program up to date
Lesley Ellen Harris, an intellectual property attorney, has trained libraries, museums, and corporations in copyright. In this 4-week eCourse, she will guide you step by step through developing a copyright education program for your staff and community.
- Why Copyright Education
- Organizational Considerations
- Copyright Education Leadership
- Evaluating Copyright Issues in Your Organization
- Preparing a Copyright Education Plan
- Implementing A Copyright Education Program
- Developing Content for your Copyright Education
- Format of Copyright Education
- Copyright Program Development and Progression
- Additional Copyright Education Resources
How this eCourse Works
The eCourse begins on March 3, 2014. Your participation will require approximately four to five hours a week, at times that fit your schedule. There are no live sessions. All activities take place on the website, and you will be expected to
Instructor Lesley Ellen Harris will monitor discussion boards regularly during the four-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 students log into the site on March 3 or within a few days for an overview of the content and to begin the first lesson.
- Read, listen to or view online content
- Post to online discussion boards
- Complete weekly assignments or activities
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 Editions eCourses are fully compatible with Windows and MacOs.
About the Instructor
Lesley Ellen Harris is a copyright, licensing, and digital property lawyer who consults on legal, business, policy, and strategic issues in the publishing, entertainment, Internet, and information industries. Since 1991 her practice has served a broad range of clients, and she frequently works with libraries, archives, museums, and educational institutions. An adjunct instructor for The Catholic University of America, she often speaks at conferences, and teaches in-person and online courses on copyright and licensing through Copyrightlaws.com and in conjunction with national and regional associations in Canada and the United States. Harris began her career in copyright in 1984 working with a lobbying group interested in revising Canada’s copyright laws. From 1987 to 1991, she was senior copyright officer with the Canadian government, in which capacity she helped revise the country’s copyright laws. Harris is the author of the books Digital Property: Currency of the 21st Century, Canadian Copyright Law, Licensing Digital Content: A Practical Guide for Librarians, and numerous articles. Since 1997 she has been the editor of The Copyright and New Media Law Newsletter. She maintains the blog Copyright Answers.