Demystifying copyright: How to educate your staff and community

For Immediate Release
Fri, 07/25/2014


Dan Freeman

eLearning Manager

ALA Publishing

ALA Publishing

Chicago—ALA Editions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse Demystifying Copyright: How to Educate Your Staff and Community. Lesley Ellen Harris will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated eCourse starting on September 8, 2014.

Libraries are hubs of content, not all of it purchased or licensed from traditional publishers. As libraries move into the roles of publisher, platform-provider, or aggregator, making sure that your staff has basic knowledge of copyright is important. Following copyright best practices can protect your institution from cease-and-desist letters, time-draining threats, and lawsuits. The first step is to develop an effective and practical copyright education plan.

Lesley Ellen Harris, an intellectual property attorney, has trained libraries, museums, and corporations in copyright. In this 4-week eCourse, she will guide you step by step through developing a copyright education program for your staff and community.

eCourse Outline

  • Why Copyright Education
  • Organizational Considerations
    • Copyright Education Leadership
    • Evaluating Copyright Issues in Your Organization
    • Preparing a Copyright Education Plan
  • Implementing A Copyright Education Program
    • Developing Content for your Copyright Education
    • Format of Copyright Education
    • Copyright Program Development and Progression
  • Additional Copyright Education Resources

About the Instructor

Lesley Ellen Harris is a copyright, licensing, and digital property lawyer who consults on legal, business, policy, and strategic issues in the publishing, entertainment, Internet, and information industries. Since 1991 her practice has served a broad range of clients, and she frequently works with libraries, archives, museums, and educational institutions. An adjunct instructor for The Catholic University of America, she often speaks at conferences, and teaches in-person and online courses on copyright and licensing through and in conjunction with national and regional associations in Canada and the United States. Harris is the author of the books "Digital Property: Currency of the 21st Century," "Canadian Copyright Law, "Licensing Digital Content: A Practical Guide for Librarians" and numerous articles. Since 1997 she has been the editor of The Copyright and New Media Law Newsletter, and she maintains the blog Copyright Answers.

Registration for this ALA Editions facilitated eCourse, which begins on Sept. 8, can be purchased at the ALA Store. Participants in this course will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message board participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (MP3 files) and downloading and viewing PDF and PowerPoint files.

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