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Coaching Copyright

ALA. 2019. 240p. ed. by ed. by Kevin L. Smith & Erin L. Ellis. ISBN 9780838918487. pap. $59.99. PRO MEDIA
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Library users often approach librarians with a myriad of copyright issues, and while librarians must take care to avoid providing legal advice, they are the perfect conduit for coaching users about copyright issues. Attorney Smith (dean of libraries, Univ. of Kansas) and Ellis (associate dean for research & learning svcs., Bloomington Libs., Indiana Univ.) suggest that coaching, rather than teaching, is preferable in many situations. Coaching, according to Smith, “is focused on a particular client’s need and on obtaining a desired outcome for that client.” Smith and Ellis offer a collection of essays by academic librarians addressing how to coach both students and faculty about copyright issues. Readers will learn how best to determine patrons’ copyright needs and how to develop users’ interest in copyright issues, as well as how to coach users in negotiating author rights, how to assist instructional designers with copyright issues in online learning, and how to help undergraduate researchers figure out their intellectual property rights. Essays consider the role of the copyright librarian in both large universities and smaller liberal arts universities.
VERDICT Academic librarians will appreciate the practical advice found here, while librarians in other settings with an interest in copyright will discover methods to connect with users.

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