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Title:Copyright and LIS in a global context: Current knowledge and future trends
Author(s):Saunders, Laura; Estell, Allison; Charbonneau, Deborah; Kawooya, Dick
Information policy
Intellectual property
Abstract:Copyright impacts nearly every aspect of an information professional’s job, across all settings. The centrality of copyright to the information professions suggests that LIS professionals need a strong grounding in this topic, and indeed the American Library Association considers knowledge of copyright to be a core competency. This interactive session will bring together four panelists who have each studied copyright knowledge and expectations in LIS from different perspectives. Together, they will share the results of five separate studies to provide a broad overview of the need for copyright knowledge in the field, and discuss the current preparedness of LIS professionals and students. The first panelist will report the results of a study on self-perceived copyright awareness and training needs of academic librarians highlighting copyright, fair use, and intellectual property. The second panelist will discuss the results of a content analysis of job postings for librarians, to examine trends in expectations for copyright knowledge. Finally, two panelists will discuss a series of surveys that put copyright knowledge and literacy in a global context. The first survey gathered current practitioners’ self-reported knowledge of copyright issues in the United States. Data from this study was pooled with data from the same survey distributed across 13 countries for a cross-country analysis. The second survey tested American LIS students’ copyright knowledge and gathered their feedback on actual copyright instruction within their LIS programs. The survey of LIS students has been replicated in 14 countries and while data is still being analyzed, the researchers will share preliminary comparative data. After sharing the results of each of these above-mentioned studies, the panelists will discuss implications for LIS education. In an interactive portion, the panelists will share the copyright literacy survey so participants can test their own copyright knowledge. Panelists will also poll participants on their own experiences with copyright issues within the field and in the classroom, and time will also be allocated for open discussion.
Issue Date:2019-09-24
Intellectual property
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Date Available in IDEALS:2019-08-23

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