Information literacy: Learning more about copyright

Information literacy: Learning more about copyright

Last modified 22 February 2018.

Librarians and LIS organizations form the hub of communities, and are crucial for information literacy. We help our users, students, and colleagues become more savvy regarding copyright and fair use.
Please also refer to the articles on determining copyrightfair use, permissions and licensing, as well as open access.


Fairly Used: Why Schools Need to Teach Kids the Whole Truth About Copyright (M.B. Quirk, 26 February 2016) clearly outlines relevant laws, misconceptions, and resources for teaching youth about fair use.

10 This Everyone Gets Wrong About Intellectual Property Law (L. Davis, 15 January 2015) is a clear, gentle introduction to copyright, trademarks, and patents. Something for yourself, your colleagues, your users, and your students. 🙂

Continuing education for LIS professionals

CopyTalk Webinars are offered for free by ALA and also recorded for later viewing.

CopyrightX, a 12-week MOOC periodically offered through Harvard Law School.

Copyright for Educators and Librarians is a free MOOC offered through Coursera.

Not so much educational, as ethical and relevant to librarianship (since intellectual freedom includes fair usage!), ALA provides:

Educational resources for librarians & instructors

These resources are for librarians and teachers who guide students and users towards better information literacy.

CMSI’s teaching materials for fair use in media literacy, documentaries, journalism, and visual arts.

Common Sense Media offers a digital literacy and citizenship curriculum (PDF) for K-12.

Copyright 101 Educational Materials from ALA.

In 2006 CSPD produced the comic Bound By Law, available for free (PDF) and in multiple languages.

Jay Smooth produces a 12-week webseries on media literacy (2018), which is hosted on the Green Brothers Crash Course YouTube channel.

Know Your Copy Rights supports outreach and education of students, patrons, and users of information technologies regarding fair use.

University of Rhode Islands’ Media Education Lab provides “multimedia curriculum resources for K-12 media literacy education.”

National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE), started by educators and humanities academics, promotes information literacy in the digital world. NAMLE offers a Resource Hub consisting of articles, news, and events.

QuestionCopyright offers both educational articles as well as a series of Minute Memes — short videos on copyright restriction and open access.

Teaching Copyright curriculum designed by EFF, with teens as the target audience.

CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 Information literacy: Learning more about copyright by Sarah Liberman is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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