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New Copyright Scholars Come to Washington

Last week, Carrie Russell of ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy conducted training for the eight new Copyright Scholars, the team of copyright specialists now serving as consultants on the Copyright Advisory Network (CAN). Copyright Advisory Network scholars

By all accounts, the training was a great success, and with the help of these librarians CAN will continue to be a key resource for librarians who have questions about copyright.

The purpose of CAN is to encourage librarians to discuss copyright concerns, and for them to seek feedback and advice from fellow librarians and copyright specialists. The site is extremely comprehensive, with forums, a blog and an excellent list of links and resources. Discussion is fully encouraged, because with copyright there are no definitive answers, so your perspective or point of view will add to a full exchange of ideas.

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The eight members are:

Freya Anderson
A graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Syracuse University, Freya Anderson was intrigued by copyright from her first class in library school. Since then, she has continued to study copyright independently, and has presented copyright sessions for co-workers, as well as for colleagues at Alaska Library Association (AkLA) conferences.

Julia Binnie
After completing her M.A. in Library and Information Studies at the Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison in 2001, Julia Binnie moved to Maryland and became the Access Services Librarian at Anne Arundel Community College. In addition to managing circulation and reserves, and providing reference and instruction services to students, Julia serves as the library’s copyright liaison on campus, and became the College’s copyright contact person in 2006.

Janet Brennan Croft is Head of Access Services at the University of Oklahoma libraries. She earned her Master of Library Science degree at Indiana University in 1983. She is the author of War in the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien (Praeger, 2004; winner of the Mythopoeic Society Award for Inklings Studies), has published articles on Tolkien in Mythlore, Mallorn, Tolkien Studies, and Seven, and is editor of two collections of essays on Tolkien. She is currently the editor of Mythlore and Oklahoma Librarian, and serves on the board of the Mythopoeic Press.

Ruth Dukelow is the Associate Director at the Michigan Library Consortium. Ruth received and a B.A. from Washington & Jefferson College, 1977, her library degree from The Catholic University of America in 1979 and her law degree from Duke University in 1982. She is the author of “The Library Copyright Guide” (AECT 1992).

Claudia Holguin is an Assistant Archivist in the Harvard University Archives. She is a graduate of San Jose State University’s Information Science Program. Claudia is also a graduate of Georgetown Law School, and practiced law as a corporate attorney in Mexico City.

Molly Kleinman is Associate Intellectual Property Specialist for the University of Michigan Libraries, where she redesigned and manages the U-M copyright website, organizes copyright education and outreach for faculty, staff, and students, and works on author advocacy initiatives. Molly received her B.A. in English and Gender Studies from Bryn Mawr College, and her M.S. in Information from the University of Michigan School of Information.

Cindy Kristof is currently serving as Head of Access Services and Associate Professor at Kent State University (KSU) Libraries and Media Services. She has a B.A. in English from The Ohio State University and an MLS from the KSU School of Library and Information Science Columbus Program. She currently oversees the circulation, reserves, interlibrary loan, and copyright clearance operations in the Library and also serves as distance learning librarian.

Raizel Liebler is a Reference Librarian at John Marshall Law School Library in Chicago. She has a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois and a law degree from DePaul University. Her writing focuses on exploring the complicated interactions people have with intellectual property, including those in the library and fan communities. She blogs on the LibraryLaw blog.

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Jacob Roberts is the communications specialist for the ALA Washington Office.


  1. David M Pimentel [Visitor] David M Pimentel [Visitor]

    Congrats, Freya!

  2. Louise Huppé [Visitor] Louise Huppé [Visitor]

    I recognized myself in the Freya statement. I was so sad I missed the recent conference in Nashville, and this resource will be more than a simple consolotion for me. Good job!

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