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Monday, March 28 • 9:00am - 1:00pm
Copyright Practicum for Librarians and Visual Resources Curators

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Copyright Practicum for Librarians and Visual Resources Curators - Nancy Sims, Copyright Program Librarian, University of Minnesota

Organizers: Allan Kohl, MCAD and the VRA IPR Committee


Limit: 50 participants; Fee: $50.00  Nancy will provide an introductory overview of copyright law concerns in daily practice, with guided interactive discussion of strategies for dealing with specific problems submitted in advance by workshop participants. She will guide participants in assessing copyright issues of particular relevance to higher education contexts, including: using teaching materials in class and online, web dissemination of information resources, understanding and managing rights in one’s own work, and a number of other issues. There will be time for questions and answers.

The second part of this workshop will include development of practical resources for copyright management to be determined by the specific needs of the workshop participants.  Possible “take-away” tools and  statements may include draft outlines for community practice guidelines, notices that clarify to users how they are allowed to use online resources, or forms for embedding rights information into image files and metadata.  Consideration will be given to ways of facilitating open access to content in institutional repositories, and alternative models for promoting and protecting content, including application of Creative Commons and open source licensing.


Round-trip transportation between Hilton Minneapolis and University of Minnesota Andersen Library will be provided. Please see our Conference Blog for further information.


Nancy Sims is the Copyright Program Librarian at the University Libraries. She has an M.L.S. from Rutgers and a J.D. from the University of Michigan. She previously worked at the University of Michigan Libraries, and with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Silicon Valley law firm Fenwick & West, LLP. She has given numerous presentations on copyright law to audiences including university faculty in a variety of disciplines, as well as to library and archives professionals in the academic and cultural heritage fields.


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Nancy Sims

Copyright Program Librarian, University of Minnesota
Nancy is a ''lawyerbrarian'' (MLS/JD) who is fascinated by the  pervasiveness of copyright issues in modern life. She works to help people understand how copyright may affect them personally, and advocates for policies and practices that support sustainable scholarship, democratic information access, and wide public cultural participation.

Monday March 28, 2011 9:00am - 1:00pm
Andersen Library 120, Univ of MN 222 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455

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