Copyright for librarians: the essential handbook

"Copyright for Librarians: the essential handbook" is a textbook that aims to provide librarians in developing and transition countries with information concerning copyright law. It can be used as a stand-alone resource or as an adjunct to a companion online curriculum.

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Book
AUTHOR:
Berkman Center for Internet and Society
DATE:
January 2012
DOCUMENT LANGUAGE:
English
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ISBN 978-90-818360-1-2

"Copyright for Librarians: the essential handbook" aims to provide librarians in developing and transition countries with information concerning copyright law. More specifically, it aspires to inform librarians concerning copyright law in general; the aspects of copyright law that most affect libraries; and how librarians in the future could most effectively participate in the processes by which copyright law is interpreted and shaped.

It can be used as a stand-alone resource or as an adjunct to "Copyright for Librarians" (CFL), an online open curriculum on copyright law that was developed jointly with EIFL and Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. With a handy Glossarythe Handbook is essential reading for librarians and for anyone learning about or teaching copyright law in the information field.

It is available to download for free as a pdf, or to purchase online.

What makes this volume so special – and so uniquely valuable – is that it puts reliable guidance in the framework of a broader analysis of copyright policy, focusing attention on the role that librarians can play. As the book makes clear, library patrons benefit from national laws that balance protection and access, and librarians can help assure that their own national legislation fits this description. This is a book that everyone concerned with the future of libraries everywhere will want to consult again and again in the years to come.

Peter Jaszi, Professor of Law, American University Law School