The Copyright Librarian

The Copyright Librarian

A Practical Handbook

1st Edition - October 11, 2015

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  • Author: Linda Frederiksen
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081001721
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081002117

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Within most libraries in the United States today there is an information professional who has become the ‘go-to’ person for grasping and grappling with copyright questions. While not an attorney, this librarian has developed an awareness and understanding of copyright law, legislation and practice as they relate to a wide variety of library activities. This practical handbook provides a broad overview of copyright librarianship.  It is written for information professionals whose area of expertise, specialization or job it is to inform and educate others about the ethical use and best practices surrounding copyrighted materials  It is written about the person with solid analytical skills and the ability to adapt and adjust in a rapidly changing environment; someone who can serve as an intermediary between information producers and consumers; someone who is knowledgeable about the law and providing access to information; someone who is well positioned within an organization to answer questions about copyright and provide reliable, accurate, and relevant answers, information, assistance, and guidance when needed.  In short: a copyright librarian.

Key Features

  • Thorough and up-to-date look at an emerging field of specialization within libraries
  • Provides an overview of job opportunities available and how to prepare for these jobs
  • Presents a range of useful current awareness and professional development resources and tools for the new, prospective, and working professional
  • Addresses common misperceptions about copyright librarians


While copyright laws and practices vary widely between countries, librarians and information professionals in English-speaking countries other than the U.S. may find value and use in the contents

Table of Contents

    • Series Page
    • List of Tables
    • About the Author
    • Foreword
    • Acknowledgments
    • Chapter 1. Introduction
      • 1.1. Overview
      • 1.2. Intent and Design of the Book
      • 1.3. Disclaimers
      • 1.4. Closing Comments
    • Chapter 2. A Day in the Life
      • 2.1. Introduction
      • 2.2. A Day in the Life of Copyright Librarian
      • 2.3. Who are the Copyright Librarians?
      • 2.4. Copyright in Action: Part One
      • 2.5. Closing Comments
    • Chapter 3. Copyright in Libraries
      • 3.1. Introduction
      • 3.2. Copyright in Action: Part Two
      • 3.3. Copyright in Library Functions
      • 3.4. Library Environments and Populations
      • 3.5. Closing Comments
    • Chapter 4. Copyright Specialization
      • 4.1. Introduction
      • 4.2. Myths and Misperceptions
      • 4.3. Closing Comments
    • Chapter 5. On the Job: Copyright Librarianship at Work
      • 5.1. Introduction
      • 5.2. Literature Review
      • 5.3. Methodology
      • 5.4. Findings
      • 5.5. Discussion
      • 5.6. Conclusions
      • 5.7. Closing Comments
    • Chapter 6. Library and Information Science Education
      • 6.1. Introduction
      • 6.2. Copyright literacy
      • 6.3. Copyright education within LIS programs
      • 6.4. Closing Comments
    • Chapter 7. DIY Librarianship: Professional Development, Continuing Education, and Current Awareness
      • 7.1. Introduction
      • 7.2. Professional Development
      • 7.3. Continuing Education
      • 7.4. Current Awareness
      • 7.5. Closing Comments
    • Chapter 8. The Next Step: Outreach, Advocacy, and Leadership
      • 8.1. Introduction
      • 8.2. Outreach: The copyright Librarian as Teacher
      • 8.3. Advocacy: The Copyright Librarian as Spokesperson
      • 8.4. Leadership: The Copyright Librarian as Activist
      • 8.5. Closing Comments
    • Chapter 9. What Copyright Librarians Know
      • 9.1. Discussion
      • 9.2. Closing Comments
    • Appendix A. Copyright Librarian Interview Questions
    • Appendix B. ARL Database Description and Information
    • Appendix C. Job Title
    • Appendix D. Recommended Resources
    • Glossary/Acronyms
    • Bibliography
    • Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 148
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2015
  • Published: October 11, 2015
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081001721
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081002117

About the Author

Linda Frederiksen

Linda Frederiksen is the Head of Access Services at Washington State University Vancouver, where she previously held the position of Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Librarian. Linda received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and French from Central Washington University. Before receiving a Master of Library Science degree from Emporia State University in Kansas, Linda worked in both public and academic libraries. She is active in local, regional and national organizations, projects and initiatives advancing resource sharing and equitable access to information. She is the co-author of Global Resource Sharing and the author of The Copyright Librarian. She holds a Post-Master’s Certificate in Copyright Management and Leadership from the University of Maryland Center for Intellectual Property.

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Head of Access Services, Washington State University, Vancouver, USA

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