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ATG Book of the Week: Copyright Conversations: Rights Literacy in a Digital World

by | Nov 16, 2019 | 0 comments

Title: Copyright Conversations: Rights Literacy in a Digital World
Author: Sara R. Benson
Paperback: 978-0-8389-4654-1, $88 (ALA member $80); eBook: 8400-6541, $62 (ALA member $55)
Imprint: Chicago, ACRL, 2019

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.


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