ERL 12 – Designing a copyright outreach program for your campus

  • any program you create should be related to the library’s strategic goals
  • UCLA has a big scholarly communication program: Statewide Scholarly Communication Officers Group, campus Scholarly Communication Steering Committee, Scholarly Communication and Licensing unit
  • SCL unit responsible for eresource management and licensing, copyright consultation – by 2008 added OA and copyright outreach components
For faculty:
  • Offer courses to faculty on copyright issues in course management systems & author’s rights, produced videos on the same
  • intellectual property blog aimed at faculty
  • Open Access Week participation
  • DIY Days, roving conference for those who create
  • DMP Tool – open Data Management Plan tool to work with funding agency requirements for data management
For students:
  • Lunch & Librarans: drop-in office hour to talk about scholarly communication issues for grad students
  • Copyright Basics session at beginning of each quarter
  • Help grad student journals get online
  • Some outreach for undergrads as well, Copyright 101 class for those in music, dance, performance

For librarians/staff:

  • Scholarly communication educational materials for librarians to go out themselves to the campus and do outreach, incorporate copyright into their classes

Starting your own copyright program


  • strategic plan
  • campus policy on copyright
  • size of your school & resources
  • staffing – get someone passionate!
  • library support – administration
  • faculty & student interest and needs – may need to convince them that they are interested – tie it into the work that they do
  • who is your audience? What is your message?

What to do?

  • Educate
  • Advocate
  • Partner up – campus council, librarian groups, grad student union, national groups, etc.


  • start small, be realistic
  • position yourself for success
  • invite experts to campus – webinars or phone calls if your budget is small
  • enthusiasm is contagious!
  • offer incentives for people to show up

Once you’ve started:

  • Communication
  • create educational materials
  • record sessions
  • follow-up and assess
  • consistency – offer your programs on a consistent basis
  • stay up-to-date
  • be available – set aside time to answer questions and be eager to help
  • get involved outside your institution – ARL, SPARC, blogs
  • but! you are not a lawyer

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