Copyright Conversations: Rights Literacy in a Digital World

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“The meaning of copyright reveals itself in the choices we make, and this book is essentially about those decisions.”
—from the Foreword by Kenneth D. Crews

As the scholarly communications universe continues to change and expand, it’s increasingly important for librarians to understand and be able to advise on complicated copyright issues in an accessible and relatable matter. Everyday copyright law affects the way academic libraries provide information to students, researchers, and faculty, as well as librarians own use of research materials.

The expert copyright librarians collected in Copyright Conversations: Rights Literacy in a Digital World address complex legal issues at the intersection of copyright and information literacy. Four sections—Copyright Librarians’ Role and Advocacy, Education, Research and Policy, and International Issues—provide detailed explanations of the issues and considerations and offer prescriptive tips and advice for teaching and applying the information. Topics include:

  • Advocacy and education for open access policies on campus
  • Fair use
  • Copyright education with and around the Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education
  • The TEACH Act
  • One-shot copyright instruction
  • Risk assessment and management for copyright queries
  • Law and literacy for non-consumptive text mining
  • Strategies for U.S. orphan works
  • The international copyright regime

Copyright Conversations is a guide to understanding, teaching, and applying copyright law for library users and your own research and policies.


Foreword, Kenneth D. Crews

I. Copyright Librarians’ Role and Advocacy
Chapter 1. “Kids These Days”…May Know More About Copyright Than You
Nancy Sims

Chapter 2. Copyright Law’s Role in Advocacy and Education for Open Access Policies on Campus
Colin B. Lukens, Shannon Kipphut-Smith, and Kyle K. Courtney

Chapter 3. Fear and Fair Use: Addressing the Affective Domain
Sara R. Benson

Chapter 4. The Origins and Future of Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week: Why Should Libraries, Museums, and Other Cultural Institutions Participate?
Kyle K. Courtney and Krista L. Cox

Chapter 5. An Exercise in Contradiction? The Role of Academic Copyright Librarians
Mélanie Brunet and Amanda Wakaruk

Chapter 6. Why Every Librarian Should Know About Copyright: Creating Copyright Training Opportunities for Librarians at Your Institution
Sarah A. Norris, Barbara Tierney, and Lily Dubach

II. Education
Chapter 7. Copyright Self-Study: How to Know What You Know, What You Don’t Know, and How to Discover What You Need to Know Next
Allison Nowicki Estell

Chapter 8. “Information Has Value” and Beyond: Copyright Education within and around the Framework
Gesina A. Phillips

Chapter 9. An Active Learning Approach to Teaching Copyright Essentials
Malina Thiede and Jennifer Zerkee

Chapter 10. Online Classrooms: Is the TEACH Act Enough?
Carla S. Myers

Chapter 11. But I Cited It! Best Practices in Teaching the One-Shot Copyright Instruction Session for Undergraduate Students
Melanie T. Kowalski and Lisa A. Macklin

Chapter 12. Thesis and Dissertation Copyright Instruction for Grad Students: What They Should Know and Why They Should Care
Andrea L. Schuler

Chapter 13. “Caring about Sharing”: Copyright and Student Academic Integrity in the University Learning Management System
Roger Gillis

III. Research and Policy
Chapter 14. Copyright Essentials and Information Policy (Policy Implications for Copyright Law)
Carrie Russell

Chapter 15. Seeing the Whole Picture: Insights into Copyright Risk Literacy in Higher Education from Enterprise Risk Management
Alexandra Kohn

Chapter 16. Social Media and the Ethics of Scholarship: A Call for the Assessment and Communication of Rights Information, Provenance, and Context
Rina Elster Pantalony

Chapter 17. Law and Literacy in Non-Consumptive Text Mining: Guiding Researchers Through the Landscape of Computational Text Analysis
Rachael G. Samberg and Cody Hennesy

Chapter 18. Whose Stuff is it Anyway? Adopting Strategies for US Orphan Works
Pia M. Hunter

IV. International Issues
Chapter 19. The International Copyright Regime—Just Enough to Make You Cringe
Bing Wang

Chapter 20. From Fair Dealing to Fair Use: How Universities Have Adapted to the Changing Copyright Landscape in Canada
Mark Swartz, Ann Ludbrook, Stephen Spong, and Graeme Slaght

Chapter 21. Interlibrary Loan and Copyright in Italy: A Case Study of the Bocconi University Library
Anna Vaglio

Author Biographies

Sara R. Benson

Sara R. Benson is the copyright librarian and an assistant professor at the Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She holds a JD from the University of Houston Law Center, an LLM from Boalt Hall School of Law at Berkeley, and an MSLIS from the School of Information Science at the University of Illinois. Prior to joining the library, Sara was a lecturer at the University of Illinois College of Law for ten years. Sara is the host of the Podcast ©hat (“Copyright Chat”) available on iTunes.

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