Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Managing Copyright in Higher Education: A Guidebook

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Managing Copyright in Higher Education: A Guidebook

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Managing Copyright in Higher Education: A Guidebook. by Donna L. Ferullo. London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014. 206 p. Paper $45 (ISBN: 0810891484).

Need to know how to manage copyright at your academic library, or, scarier yet, your university? Yes? Then read this now. Unlike Kevin L. Smith's more abstract (but also excellent) monograph, Owning and Using Scholarship: an IP Handbook for Teachers and Researchers, Donna Ferullo's text focuses on the practical. She earns the book's subtitle, striking a balance between explanations of the law and practical workaday advice, and for that, librarians throughout the land will rejoice.

Ferullo's and Smith's texts would complement one another nicely in a master's level library science course on copyright, or reside comfortably on any veteran librarian's shelf. Smith provides examples of intellectual property disputes, digs into the history of intellectual property law, and speaks more thoroughly to its dynamic nature, while Ferullo's call-and-response sections are utilitarian, posing the kinds of questions that librarians with copyright expertise are surely already tackling for students, faculty, and administrators at their institutions.

Has an administrator tasked you with starting a copyright office? Never fear. Ferullo devotes a chapter to this endeavor, laying out the questions to ask, a sound approach given the variety of ways institutions create such offices. …

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