Become a copyright coach

For Immediate Release
Thu, 09/19/2019

CHICAGO — From researching to remixing, library users need your guidance on a wide range of copyright topics. The way to move beyond “yes, you can” or “no, you can’t” is to become a copyright coach. In “Coaching Copyright,” published by ALA Editions, librarian and attorney Kevin L. Smith teams up with information literacy expert Erin L. Ellis to offer a framework for coaching copyright, empowering users to take a practical approach to specific situations. Complete with in-depth case studies, this collection provides valuable information rooted in pragmatic techniques, including:

  • in-depth discussion of the five questions that will help you clarify any copyright situation;
  • storytelling techniques to enliven copyright presentations, plus ways to use music or YouTube to hook students into copyright topics;
  • three coaching scenarios that tie into ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education and bring real-world applications to your library instruction;
  • how-to guidance on leading mock negotiations over real journal publishing agreements;
  • a 90-minute lesson plan on author rights for writers in a student journal;
  • tips for teaching instructional designers how to apply copyright and fair use principles to course management systems; and
  • an LIS copyright course assessment model.

Smith is the Dean of Libraries at the University of Kansas. An attorney as well as a librarian, Smith was the director of Copyright and Scholarly Communications at Duke University for 10 years prior to moving to Kansas in 2016. He is a well-known writer and speaker on issues of copyright in higher education. He has been admitted to the bar in both Ohio and North Carolina. Ellis is the Associate Dean for Research and Learning Services at Indiana University Bloomington Libraries. Her research interests include organizational transformation, librarian instructor development, and information literacy. She has written and presented widely on these and other library-related topics. She is also a consultant for organizational review and design.

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