Beginning this week, I along with three of my colleagues will participate in an online workshop held at Duke University and hosted by Kevin Smith (M.L.S., J.D.), Lisa A. Macklin (J.D., M.L.S.), and Anne Gilliland (J.D., M.L.S.).
All three instructors began as librarians and went on to get law degrees in order to better assist schools, colleges, and libraries with copyright matters. The principal objective of their current positions is to help sort out copyright issues that arise in educational institutions and libraries. From their introductory bio on the course’s site:
“In all of these situations, our goal is to help teachers and librarians accomplish their legitimate educational goals in ways that respect copyright and reduce the fear and uncertainty that sometimes hampers creative teaching. As lawyers, we strive to find responsible ways to say ‘yes’ when asked if a new teaching idea or library services can be considered within the confines of the copyright law.”
Over the next four weeks, we will learn about how the history, purpose, and structure of U.S. copyright law is relevant to educators and librarians. For more more information on this course, please visit the course’s website.