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CopyTalk: Are librarians confident assessing fair use?

Please join us on April 5th for “Assessing Librarians’ Confidence and Comprehension in Explaining Fair Use Following an Expert Workshop” presented by Sara Benson, Copyright Librarian at the University of Illinois.

Sara will discuss her study to measure both academic librarian confidence and comprehension of fair use. The results, though limited in scope, provide encouraging evidence that appropriate training, even on a time-limited level, can help library professionals improve their knowledge of fair use. Testing revealed that the level of confidence and comprehension rose after the academic librarian participants were provided with the three-hour fair use training. The survey results collected two weeks after the training demonstrated that some librarians had the opportunity to use the skills learned in the training workshop in their daily work.

Sara Benson is an Assistant Professor and the Copyright Librarian at the University of Illinois Library. She has a JD, a Masters of Law, and an MSLIS and enjoys discussing and researching the many contours of copyright as it impacts educators and creators. You can find her podcast (titled ©hat or “Copyright Chat”) at or on iTunes.

Mark your calendars and set aside some time for this webinar. Thursday, April 5 at 2 p.m. Eastern / 11 a.m. Pacific for our hour-long free webinar.

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This program is brought to you by the Washington Office’s copyright education subcommittee. Did you miss a CopyTalk? Check out our CopyTalk webinar archive!

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  1. Terrie Sebren Terrie Sebren

    I’m not hearing anything on the webinar!

  2. Carrie Russell Carrie Russell

    Hi Terrie:

    I am sorry that you missed today’s webinar. The sound was fine so it is likely a local issue. I have to try 2-3 headsets sometimes, and then the software has to load. Luckily, we have an archive of all of the CopyTalks. It is available here

    I will get the recording for today’s webinar in a week or so. When I do, I will announce its availability on the District Dispatch.

    Best regards,

    -Carrie Russell

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