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About the Library Copyright Institute

The premise of the Library Copyright Institute is that we’re all better off when the whole library community is widely and deeply engaged on the legal issues that most directly affect our ability to help users. Regardless of what library you work at, we all need to be able to confidently apply fair use, understand licenses, and assess public domain status. Having fewer resources should not mean that the beneficial rights granted by copyright law are unavailable to librarians, researchers, teachers, and students at those institutions. The Library Copyright Institute is designed to provide immersive training for librarians to master copyright fundamentals, develop competencies in copyright limitations and exceptions such as fair use, and complete hands-on training in the application of copyright to specific areas of librarianship. By design, the immersive experience we aim to provide through the Institute is also meant to encourage the development of a regional community of practice that itself can help participants further learn from each other. 

The project is lead by four co-PIs from the four Research Triangle universities, Duke University, NC State University, NC Central University, and UNC-Chapel Hill. They are:

Dave Hansen, JD, MSLS (project director)
Associate University Librarian for Research, Collections & Scholarly Communication, Duke University Libraries
Will Cross, JD, MSLS, MA
Director, Copyright & Digital Scholarship Center, NCSU Libraries
Anne Gilliland, JD, MSLIS
Scholarly Communications Officer, UNC-Chapel Hill Libraries
Patrick Roughen, JD, PhD
Assistant Professor, School of Library and Information Sciences, North Carolina Central University

The Library Copyright Institute is a pilot project funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services, IMLS Grant RE‐87‐18‐0081‐18. The full and preliminary grant proposal documents can be found here. The final results of the initial Institute, including the full set of instructional materials, a report on the Institute and lessons learned, and survey data is available here.