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The Copyright Librarian

Book Description

Within most libraries in the United States today there is an information professional who has become the ‘go-to’ person for grasping and grappling with copyright questions. While not an attorney, this librarian has developed an awareness and understanding of copyright law, legislation and practice as they relate to a wide variety of library activities.

This practical handbook provides a broad overview of copyright librarianship.  It is written for information professionals whose area of expertise, specialization or job it is to inform and educate others about the ethical use and best practices surrounding copyrighted materials  It is written about the person with solid analytical skills and the ability to adapt and adjust in a rapidly changing environment; someone who can serve as an intermediary between information producers and consumers; someone who is knowledgeable about the law and providing access to information; someone who is well positioned within an organization to answer questions about copyright and provide reliable, accurate, and relevant answers, information, assistance, and guidance when needed.  In short: a copyright librarian.

  • Thorough and up-to-date look at an emerging field of specialization within libraries
  • Provides an overview of job opportunities available and how to prepare for these jobs
  • Presents a range of useful current awareness and professional development resources and tools for the new, prospective, and working professional
  • Addresses common misperceptions about copyright librarians

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Series Page
  5. Copyright
  6. List of Tables
  7. About the Author
  8. Foreword
  9. Acknowledgments
  10. Chapter 1. Introduction
    1. 1.1. Overview
    2. 1.2. Intent and Design of the Book
    3. 1.3. Disclaimers
    4. 1.4. Closing Comments
  11. Chapter 2. A Day in the Life
    1. 2.1. Introduction
    2. 2.2. A Day in the Life of Copyright Librarian
    3. 2.3. Who are the Copyright Librarians?
    4. 2.4. Copyright in Action: Part One
    5. 2.5. Closing Comments
  12. Chapter 3. Copyright in Libraries
    1. 3.1. Introduction
    2. 3.2. Copyright in Action: Part Two
    3. 3.3. Copyright in Library Functions
    4. 3.4. Library Environments and Populations
    5. 3.5. Closing Comments
  13. Chapter 4. Copyright Specialization
    1. 4.1. Introduction
    2. 4.2. Myths and Misperceptions
    3. 4.3. Closing Comments
  14. Chapter 5. On the Job: Copyright Librarianship at Work
    1. 5.1. Introduction
    2. 5.2. Literature Review
    3. 5.3. Methodology
    4. 5.4. Findings
    5. 5.5. Discussion
    6. 5.6. Conclusions
    7. 5.7. Closing Comments
  15. Chapter 6. Library and Information Science Education
    1. 6.1. Introduction
    2. 6.2. Copyright literacy
    3. 6.3. Copyright education within LIS programs
    4. 6.4. Closing Comments
  16. Chapter 7. DIY Librarianship: Professional Development, Continuing Education, and Current Awareness
    1. 7.1. Introduction
    2. 7.2. Professional Development
    3. 7.3. Continuing Education
    4. 7.4. Current Awareness
    5. 7.5. Closing Comments
  17. Chapter 8. The Next Step: Outreach, Advocacy, and Leadership
    1. 8.1. Introduction
    2. 8.2. Outreach: The copyright Librarian as Teacher
    3. 8.3. Advocacy: The Copyright Librarian as Spokesperson
    4. 8.4. Leadership: The Copyright Librarian as Activist
    5. 8.5. Closing Comments
  18. Chapter 9. What Copyright Librarians Know
    1. 9.1. Discussion
    2. 9.2. Closing Comments
  19. Appendix A. Copyright Librarian Interview Questions
  20. Appendix B. ARL Database Description and Information
  21. Appendix C. Job Title
  22. Appendix D. Recommended Resources
  23. Glossary/Acronyms
  24. Bibliography
  25. Index