Magazine article Information Outlook

Copyright Committee Continues to Educate SLA Members

Magazine article Information Outlook

Copyright Committee Continues to Educate SLA Members

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Over the past year, copyright has been in the forefront for most librarians and for many legislators, lawyers, and law teachers. For the past year, Information Outlook has included a copyright column each month to highlight areas of particular concern and to update members on what is happening with proposed amendments to the Copyright Act that will affect our working lives as information professionals.

The Copyright Committee intends to continue this practice over the next year as a part of our charge to educate SLA members about copyright. Columns will be written by members of the committee and by guest authors. With the Business & Finance Division, the committee will co-sponsor a program on shrinkwrap and click wrap licensing of information products at the annual conference in Minneapolis. Moreover, in addition to its regular business meeting at the annual conference, the committee is planning to reinstitute the open meeting with members where individual members can come to discuss copyright matters with the committee.

Special Libraries Association has long been active in national copyright advocacy, but in recent years, the pace has escalated considerably. There is an ongoing consortium of library associations to develop a unified response on copyright matters whenever this is possible. The committee will continue to monitor legislative matters and work with the Director of Government Relations to determine what SLA's response should be to various legislative initiatives dealing with copyright in the U. …

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