Myers, Sheri
November 2005
Kentucky Libraries;Fall2005, Vol. 69 Issue 4, p14
Academic Journal
The article discusses how libraries can help with online learning and copyright issues. Online learning is a result of new copying technologies. Digital media can now be copied and distributed quickly, cheaply, widely, and with no degradation of quality. Online courses and media have, in turn, brought enormous change to the way teaching and library access are accomplished. It is important that librarians have the necessary knowledge to provide information and make decisions related to copyright issues. Librarians should educate themselves on a variety of copyright-related topics. The topic on which librarians must educate themselves is the basic concepts of copyright law. Knowledge about the legal aspects of copyright forms a foundation for addressing all copyright issues. The copyright policy of an individual institution may be more or less restrictive than an individual's interpretation of the exemptions. Compliance with copyright laws is unlikely if there are no institutional policies, procedures, and guidelines to which institutional members can refer, and to which they are bound. Libraries need to be aware of copyright issues when purchasing systems for digital document delivery. Systems that integrate the copyright permission process into the user interface can save time and help staff understand the necessity of copyright compliance.


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