Why understanding copyright is a key part of information literacy

CILIP logoDr Jane Secker takes up the position of Chair of the CILIP Information Literacy Group on April 1st, 2015,  and on that day she will be speaking at the CILIP Copyright Briefing on licensing developments and on her work on the Universities UK Copyright Working Group.

Event: CILIP Copyright Executive Briefing:
Latest Developments in Copyright: Legislation and Licensing
Venue: CILIP, 7 Ridgmount Street, London. WC1E 7AE
Date: Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 : 09.15 – 16.30

Jane Secker
Dr Jane Secker

Jane has always seen having an understanding of copyright and licensing issues as a core part of digital and information literacy. However she is aware this isn’t the case for everyone and, even amongst librarians, there is often some nervousness around offering advice to others on copyright.

To complicate matters, last year there were a number of changes to UK copyright law and some new exceptions, so many librarians feel unsure about what is and is not allowed. Many copyright concepts such as ‘fair dealing’, ‘substantial use’ and the new exceptions around teaching and learning are difficult to grasp. In addition, licenses such as the CLA and ERA licence have terms and conditions of use that require a degree of patience to understand.

Working with Chris Morrison from the University of Kent, Jane recently carried out a survey about ‘Copyright Literacy’ levels amongst UK librarians and information professionals, and hopes to publish the findings of this survey later this year.

Whether you are an academic or a student, it is increasingly important to understand copyright and IPR issues. Jane sees this as a fundamental part of understanding how to use information in an ethical manner. However, she often wonders why copyright is a subject that others are reluctant to learn more about. For students in certain disciplines, such as art and design, computer science, but also those in business, or working in innovation or entrepreneurial roles, it is vital that they have a basic grasp of some key copyright concepts. Perhaps there are new ways we can teach and enthuse people about copyright?

However, for librarians, the CILIP Copyright Briefing is a great way to get up to speed on the latest issues and challenges in this field. The early bird rate ends soon, so book your place now.

More details on the CILIP Copyright Briefing, including full programme


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