Harvard’s Berkman Center and eIFL.net Launch “Copyright for Librarians”

March 24, 2010

The Berkman Center is pleased to announce that "Copyright for Librarians" is now live. "Copyright for Librarians" is an online, open access curriculum on copyright law, developed in conjunction with eIFL.net (Electronic Information for Libraries). The following press release has more information about the goals of the curriculum, the areas it addresses, and where to find it online.

Congratulations to Berkman Center faculty director William Fisher, his team, and his collaborators at eIFL.net on their creation of this valuable new resource. As always, we welcome your feedback.

Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society and eIFL.net Launch “Copyright for Librarians,” an Online Open Curriculum on Copyright Law


March 24, 2010 - Cambridge, Mass., and Rome, Italy - The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University today announced the launch of a new online, open access curriculum, “Copyright for Librarians” (http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/copyrightforlibrarians/), developed in conjunction with eIFL.net. “Copyright for Librarians” aims to inform librarians about copyright law in general, as well as the aspects of copyright law that most affect libraries, especially those in developing and transition countries.

“Copyright law directly affects library services providing access to learning resources, scientific and research information,” said Rima Kupryte, Director eIFL.net. “Everyday librarians are managing information and responding to requests from students, academics, and members of the public. They are well placed to provide practical advice on topical copyright-related issues. This curriculum, which includes modules on the scope of copyright law, exceptions and limitations and managing rights, provides librarians from around the world with an opportunity to understand this important area of law.”

“Librarians and their professional organisations play key roles in shaping national and international copyright policy and in protecting and promoting access to knowledge,” said William Fisher, faculty director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, “eIFL.net has created a crucial network of librarians in developing and transition countries. It is essential that the members of that network have the fullest possible understanding, not just of the current copyright laws, but also of the ways in which those laws could and should be interpreted and modified in the future. We hope that this curriculum will help to advance that understanding.”

“Maximising access to educational and learning materials is critical for development in Africa,” said Benson Njobvu, University of Zambia. “Teaching students about legal information issues enhances the role of the librarian, preparing the next generation for a professional career in the digital age. We aim to produce librarians who will become well-informed advocates for access to knowledge. “Copyright for Librarians” is a valuable new resource that will help us to achieve our goal.”

The course materials of “Copyright for Librarians” -- nine modules organised into five different levels -- can be used as the basis for a self-taught course, a traditional classroom-based course, or as a distance-learning course. For more information and access to the course materials, visit: http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/copyrightforlibrarians/

eIFL.net is grateful to the Ford Foundation for their support of the development of “Copyright for Librarians.”

Further information:

Rima Kupryte, Director
eIFL.net
Piazza Mastai 9
00153 Rome, Italy
Tel: +(39)(06)5807216/17
E-mail: info@eifl.net
http://www.eifl.net/

Seth Young
Communications
Berkman Center for Internet & Society
Harvard University
Tel: +1.617.384.9135
E-mail: syoung@cyber.law.harvard.edu
http://cyber.law.harvard.edu

Notes for Editors

eIFL.net is an independent non-profit organization with a global network spanning 46 developing ad transition countries and thousands of libraries. eIFL.net brings access to knowledge to library users in developing and transition countries by building capacity, supporting advocacy and helping to introduce new services for the user, as well as affordable access to e-resources.

About the Berkman Center for Internet & Society
The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is a research program founded to explore cyberspace, share in its study, and help pioneer its development. Founded in 1997, through a generous gift from Jack N. and Lillian R. Berkman, the Center is home to an ever-growing community of faculty, fellows, staff, and affiliates working on projects that span the broad range of intersections between cyberspace, technology, and society. More information can be found at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu.

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Last updated April 14, 2010

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