Demystifying Copyright: How to Educate Your Staff and Community

Self-PacedeCourseAttendance Cert.
Monday, 10/31/2016

Estimated Hours of Learning: 18
Certificate of Completion available upon request

CHICAGO - ALA Editions announces a new session of the popular facilitated eCourse Demystifying Copyright: How to Educate Your Staff and Community. Lesley Ellen Harris, a copyright, licensing, and digital property lawyer who works with the information industry, will serve as instructor for this four week course, which begins on October 31, 2016.

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. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding the risks of copyright infringement and how to protect your library from lawsuits
  • Understanding the need for compliance under U.S. and global copyright law
  • Evaluating copyright issues in your library
  • Developing a copyright education plan
  • Assessing materials, content, and technology in order to equip an instruction team for your institution
  • Keeping your educational program up to date

Who Should Attend

All librarians will find this course useful; academic librarians will find it particularly relevant.


Lesley Ellen Harris is a copyright, licensing, and digital property expert who consults on legal, business, policy, and strategic issues in the publishing, entertainment, Internet, and information industries. She frequently works with libraries, archives, museums, and educational institutions. She 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 numerous articles and several books including Licensing Digital Content: A Practical Guide for Librarians (2nd ed., 2009). She maintains the informative website



This ALA Editions eCourse costs $175 and may be purchased at the ALA Online Store.

How to Register

Registration for this ALA Editions facilitated eCourse, which begins on October 31, 2016, can be purchased at the ALA Store.

If you prefer to register by phone, call 1-866-746-7252, Monday-Friday, 8:00am-6:00pm Eastern to register; or email your purchase order to

For pricing on bulk registrations, please contact

Tech Requirements

Participants will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message boards participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (mp3 files), and downloading and viewing PDFs and PowerPoint files.

ALA Editions eCourses are fully compatible with Windows and MacOs.


ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions

Colton Ursiny

Administrative Assistant