Library Juice Academy

Online Professional Development for Librarians

Copyright for Librarians 101: Copyright Basics

Instructor: Rachel Bridgewater

Dates: Not currently scheduled

Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Price: $175

Librarians and library workers regularly encounter copyright issues in their work but often lack either sufficient understanding of the law or confidence in their understanding to know how to proceed. This class is designed for anyone who works in libraries who feels they could benefit from brushing up on copyright or who wants to feel more confident in their responses to copyright-related questions and issues. We will cover copyright basics, including the history and purpose of copyright, and look at copyright issues specific to libraries. We’ll look at the common limitations and exceptions to copyright, including fair use and classroom use. Participants are encouraged to bring specific questions and scenarios, but are not required to have any previous experience with or prior knowledge of copyright.

Rachel Bridgewater

Rachel Bridgewater is a faculty librarian at Portland Community College in Portland, Oregon. Rachel serves as the college’s copyright librarian, providing copyright interpretation and support for the college community and planning educational activities and outreach about copyright. Rachel regularly presents and teaches about copyright and other information policy issues both locally and nationally. In addition to her work at PCC, she teaches part-time for Emporia State University’s School of Library and Information Management. Rachel received her MLS from Emporia in 2004. Interview with Rachel.

Course Structure

This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.

Please contact us to arrange a special session of this class for a group of seven or more, with a negotiable discount, or to be notified when it is next scheduled.