The ALA Office for Information Technology Policy is seeking individuals interested in serving as a Copyright Scholar for the Copyright Advisory Network.
The Copyright Advisory Network (CAN, www.librarycopyright.net) is a Web site and network forum where librarians discuss copyright dilemmas and concerns online. Since 2005, eight librarians have served as Copyright Scholars on the forum. It is time to recruit a new batch of librarians who are keenly interested in copyright and want to volunteer their time to the Network.
Selected individuals will attend an all expenses paid two-day orientation meeting in Washington, DC, train with the Copyright Scholar class of 2005, and help craft new improvements to the Network. Once you become a Scholar, you agree to devote a small amount of your time (estimated two hours a week) responding to copyright queries posted to the Network. ou can decide how long your commitment to the Network will last but it must be for at least one year.
Qualifications for interested applicants:
- Expertise in US copyright law and its application in libraries and educational institutions
- Excellent writing skills
- Flexibility in scheduling time to serve on the Network
- Experience working in teams
- Permission from your institution to participate
- All applicants must be ALA members.
To be considered, send a letter expressing your interest in becoming a Copyright Scholar. Tell us of any special training or expertise you already have that would make you a good candidate for the job. The Copyright Advisory Committee will select the lucky applicants from the pool of letters received.
Send your letter or any questions you have to Carrie Russell via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for applications is August 31, 2007 (deadline extended).
For more information on CAN, you can listen to current copyright scholar Lori Williamson on the District Dispatch Podcast #9.