Copyright First Responders webinar now available

Four coasters with facts about fair use.

Celebrating National Library Week by introducing our new fair use coasters! Each one describes one of the factors of fair use. (We think copyright education should be fun.) Collect all four at ALA’s Annual conference this summer.

If you missed last week’s CopyTalk “Copyright First Responders” webinar, it’s alright – we have an archived copy!

Kyle Courtney of Harvard University’s Office for Scholarly Communication talked about the development of a decentralized model of copyright expertise in an academic setting — the Copyright First Responders (CFR) program. We know that copyright guidance is needed more now than ever before, and it is impossible for one lone copyright specialist or scholarly communications librarian to reach every academic department. The CFR program starts with a subject specialist and then adds on copyright expertise through a rigorous training model developed by Kyle. After taking the course, the subject specialist is ready to address the more basic queries of their department faculty. The more difficult questions are forwarded on to the more experienced level of CRPs and if necessary, then on to Kyle himself.

Hey, why shouldn’t every librarian have a bit of merriment with copyright! Listen to Kyle’s engaging talk about CFR. It may take off soon across the United States. One important lesson: make it fun!

About Carrie Russell

Carrie Russell is the Director of the Program on Public Access to Information in the Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP). Her portfolio includes copyright, international copyright, accessibility, e-books and other public policy issues. She has a MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a MA in media arts from the University of Arizona. She can be reached via e-mail at crussell@alawash.org.

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