Workshop – Copyright, content, and confusion-busting: re-use environments for research libraries

Workshop – Copyright, content, and confusion-busting: re-use environments for research libraries

Copyright presents often confusing challenges to libraries and users. As digitisation and digital re-use becomes de rigueur these can be amplified. Institutions are developing stronger, clearer re-use structures, for example by liberalising photography policies. Nevertheless, discrepancies, challenges, and uncertainties remain.

Using data gathered from a range of cultural organisations and on-the-ground experience, this workshop will explore the structuring of ‘re-use environments’. Such comprehensive approaches to enabling re-use, while accounting for copyright and related constrictions, can improve uptake of digital materials and accessibility of collections, ensure policies are logical and consistent, and encourage organisations to be transparent and logical.

In this workshop, the concept of a ‘re-use environment’ will be set out, structured by four characteristics. Participants will, following background presentations, have the opportunity to nominate topics for deeper discussion. Finally, the facilitators and participants will undertake a short, hands-on exercise to outline a mock ‘re-use environment’.

Participants should come away from this workshop with:

  • expanded understanding of copyright and re-use
  • a sense of some of the challenges and inconsistencies in current re-use systems,

and

  • a plan for how to design and encourage a ‘re-use environment’ within their own institution.