Copyright and Library Law: Spring 2014

Instructor:

Greg Cram

School:

Long Island University

Semester:

Spring 2014

Description:

This course explores copyright law and gives students a legal framework to analyze the copyright issues faced by librarians and cultural institutions. From the digitization of archives and collections to electronic reference, copyright is now a major consideration for libraries. Copyright issues are prevalent in published, unpublished and born-digital material. Instead of backing away from copyright issues to the detriment of access to content, librarians should understand and interpret copyright law so they can participate in setting institutional policies that take advantage of fair use and other exceptions granted to libraries by the law.

Required Textbook:

Hirtle, P. B. 2009. Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums. (online)

Link to Syllabus:

http://palmerblog.liu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/Copyright-and-Library-Law-Syllabus-Spring-2014-v2014-02-27.pdf

Intellectual Freedom in Libraries

Instructor:

School:

Rutgers

Semester:

Description:

This course will examine the historical and legal background of censorship in library and information services and current trends and topics in intellectual freedom. Students will learn how to articulate, promote, and defend intellectual freedom policies as a key component of professional practice in all types of library and information services.

Required Textbook:

No required textbook.

Link to Syllabus:

http://comminfo.rutgers.edu/images/syllabus_584.pdf

Publishing, Knowledge Institutions and Society: E-Revolutions?

Instructor:

Dorothea Salo

School:

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Semester:

Description:

  • Sufficient knowledge of US copyright law to advise digitization projects, uncertain authors and instructors, and digital archivists on common, relatively simple fair-use, orphan-works, reuse, and (re)publishing dilemmas
  • Sufficient knowledge of current trends, processes, and standards in trade and scholarly publishing to advise would-be authors, advocate for balanced laws and policies, and navigate professional publishing opportunities
  • Sufficient knowledge of intellectual-property-related dilemmas, movements, and legislation (past and pending) to be a thoughtful information advocate and information-agency leader
  • Sufficient knowledge of publishing trends to inform collection-development decisions in academic, public, K-12, and special-library settings
  • The ability to assess a rapidly-evolving situation, explain it clearly and succinctly to others, and devise feasible responses to it
  • The ability to devise a well-reasoned long-range scenario and a strategy to respond to it
  • The ability to write a journal-quality book review

Required Textbook:

No required textbook.

Link to Syllabus:

http://files.dsalo.info/640syll2014.pdf