For immediate release | October 22, 2019

New from ACRL - “Copyright Conversations: Rights Literacy in a Digital World”

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Copyright Conversations: Rights Literacy in a Digital World,” edited by Sara R. Benson. The expert copyright librarians in this collection address complex legal issues at the intersection of copyright and information literacy.

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.

In four sections—Copyright Librarians’ Role and Advocacy, Education, Research and Policy, and International Issues — "Copyright Conversations" provides detailed explanations of the issues and considerations and offers 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 for 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

As Kenneth D. Crews says in the foreword to the book, “[t]he meaning of copyright reveals itself in the choices we make, and this book is essentially about those decisions.” "Copyright Conversations" is a guide to understanding, teaching, and applying copyright law for library users and your own research and policies.

“Copyright Conversations: Rights Literacy in a Digital World” is available for purchase in print and as an ebook through the ALA Online Store; in print through; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.


The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for academic libraries and library workers. Representing more than 10,000 individuals and libraries, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) develops programs, products, and services to help those working in academic and research libraries learn, innovate, and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning and transforming scholarship. Find ACRL on the web, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.


Erin Nevius

Content Strategist