New advanced eCourse: Copyright 101

For Immediate Release
Fri, 07/31/2015


Liz Steiner

Marketing Manager

ALA Publishing

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing in collaboration with the San Jose State University School of Information (SJSU iSchool), is offering a new 12-week Advanced eCourse: Copyright 101, beginning on Sept. 14, 2015 and facilitated by Mary Minow.

For today’s librarian, copyright is everywhere. Whether you’re dealing with print or digital materials, it’s difficult to work with a library collection without wading into the murky waters of copyright — for many of us, it’s even hard to know where to start. When your education doesn’t give you a background in copyright law, you might find yourself in over your head. If copyright isn’t your forte and you are in need of building your knowledge from the ground up – fear not, we have you covered with this new advanced eCourse!

In 12 weeks, Mary Minow—attorney, librarian and copyright expert—will develop your skills on what you need to know about copyright. Throughout the course you will go from copyright novice to a librarian who is capable of assisting patrons with a wide range of copyright issues—from open access and creative commons to licensing and digital rights management. You’ll come out of the eCourse equipped with tools to develop copyright policies for you and your staff.

This eCourse will provide you with the ability to:

  • explain copyright provisions in U.S. law that have particularly strong impacts on public access to information, particularly with regard to libraries and library users;
  • consider the core values of the library profession concerning open access to information;
  • develop concrete skills to help libraries flourish in the digital age of copyright, including advocacy skills;
  • understand broad developments that affect access to information such as international copyright relations, the open access movement, and creative commons;
  • appreciate emerging issues in licensing and digital rights management that have enormous implications for content control above and beyond copyright concerns

Participants who complete this advanced eCourse will receive an SJSU iSchool/ALA Publishing Advanced Certificate of Completion. This certificate will affirm your status as having completed all the steps of an advanced eCourse on Copyright 101 and will provide proof of your participation that you can add to your resume.

The course will be delivered entirely online with coursework completed asynchronously. Within the week-by-week format, students will be able to work at their own pace and interact with Minow and fellow students through emails and message boards without the constraints of attending a live session at a specific time. The Advanced eCourse: Copyright 101 begins on Monday, Sept. 14, 2015.

Mary Minow is counsel to the Califa Group and a library law consultant on issues of copyright, privacy, intellectual freedom and related issues. She is a co-author of The Library's Legal Answer Book, and manages the website for the Stanford Copyright & Fair Use Center. Mary holds a J.D. from Stanford University and an M.L.S. from the University of Michigan.

ALA Publishing provides all librarians a comprehensive, one-stop resource for dynamic print and digital materials and eLearning dedicated to professional development, improving library services, and the promotion of libraries, literacy, and reading.

The SJSU iSchool / ALA Publishing advanced e-courses offer in-depth, advanced training that take participants from introductory to high-level content in 12 short weeks. Award-winning  SJSU iSchool faculty members help participants dig deep into relevant course topics to provide applicable knowledge and skills that can transform their work. These asynchronous online courses are ideal for information professionals from around the world.

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The SJSU iSchool prepares individuals for professional careers in the information professions. Graduates work in diverse areas, such as information governance, user experience design, digital asset management, information architecture, electronic records management, and librarianship. The  SJSU iSchool offers several online educational programs, including a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science, which is fully accredited by the American Library Association; a Master’s degree in Archives and Records Administration; and a Post-Master’s Certificate in Library and Information Science. All programs are delivered online, and the  SJSU iSchool is a recognized leader in online education. For more information about the school, please visit: