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In October 2007, we began the search for a name for the eIFL-Berkman library copyright course that would accurately describe the different elements: it’s about copyright, from the perspective of libraries, it’s a training course and it’s delivered remotely. We received lots of creative and thoughtful acronyms and descriptive titles from eIFL members and colleagues. After much mulling over, we went back to basics with the motto “simple is best”. The title selected is "Copyright for Librarians: a Distance Learning Course".
We offered to send an eIFL A2K t-shirt and the complete course on CD-ROM to whoever made the selected proposal. In the end, the final version came from a brainstorming at the Berkman Center involving all the ideas, a real collaborative creation! So, we will award our fabulous prizes to Diana Sayej-Naser from West Bank, Palestine and Irina Razumova from Russia whose suggestions closely matched the selected title.
The course will be available in September 2008 in online and offline formats. The purpose of the course is to provide a general, accurate, non-legalese overview of copyright law that supports the library mission and answers questions faced by librarians. The modules will be licensed under an open content licence and we will encourage other communities to re-use it, translate and build upon it. The methodology will be participative and interactive and it will be fun to follow.
Thank you to everyone who contributed and congratulations to Diana and Irina!