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Online Copyright Education Offered by Columbia University Libraries and LYRASIS

In early February, Columbia University Libraries and LYRASIS launched the Virtual Copyright Education Center (VCEC) pilot project. With a stellar faculty drawn from experts in research libraries and museums, “the project will introduce new classes to enable cultural heritage professionals to move beyond a basic understanding of copyright. The project also includes business planning to develop a sustainable service model to enable continued training.”

Even with noticeable growth in the number of scholarly communications positions within the ARL community in the past decade, such positions—advising on issues like open access and copyright—are still less than 2 percent of the professional workforce within ARL. This project will help scale and level up highly specialized knowledge of copyright across research libraries. Librarians work with students and faculty to better understand copyright exemptions like the fair use doctrine that enable their research, teaching, and learning. Librarians will also help prepare campus communities for understanding challenges that might come through the new Copyright Claims Board via the CASE Act.

ARL welcomes this new educational initiative, with its first course, Copyright 101, launching for free during Fair Use Week 2021.

Copyright 101: A Free Live Course from the Virtual Copyright Education Center

Presented by LYRASIS and Columbia University Libraries

LYRASIS and Columbia University Libraries’ Copyright Advisory Services are joining forces to pilot a new Virtual Copyright Education Center, including a series of classes on copyright issues and management. It will also include business planning with the goal of developing a sustainable service model and will be the first pilot delivered through the new Research and Innovation division of LYRASIS.

This new program was developed in partnership with Columbia University Libraries as a result of the 2017 LYRASIS Catalyst Fund award to Columbia, funding research into the feasibility of a virtual copyright education centerThe Catalyst Fund is the main engine for innovation and new ideas and a membership benefit of the Leaders Circle. For those who are new to the process, each year LYRASIS earmarks funds to award to member institutions who submit ideas and proposals during our Catalyst Fund application period. The Leaders Circle then vets and votes on the projects and ideas that are most scalable and valuable to the wider community. We are excited that the Virtual Copyright Education Center has matured to the pilot phase of our innovation pipeline.

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