[Oa-italia] Harvard’s Berkman Center and eIFL.net Launch "Copyright for Librarians"

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Subject: 	[report-release-list] Harvard’s Berkman Center and eIFL.net 
Launch "Copyright for Librarians"
Date: 	Wed, 24 Mar 2010 13:21:11 -0400
From: 	Seth Young <syoung a cyber.law.harvard.edu>
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Good afternoon,

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society is pleased to announce that 
"Copyright for Librarians" is now live. "Copyright for Librarians" is an 
online, open access curriculum on copyright law, developed in 
conjunction with eIFL.net (Electronic Information for Libraries). The 
following press release has more information about the goals of the 
curriculum, the areas it addresses, and where to find it online.

Congratulations to Berkman Center faculty director William Fisher, his 
team, and his collaborators at eIFL.net on their creation of this 
valuable new resource.
As always, we welcome your feedback.

Seth Young
Berkman Center for Internet & Society
Harvard University


*Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society and eIFL.net Launch 
“Copyright for Librarians,” an Online Open Curriculum on Copyright Law*

*March 24, 2010 - Cambridge, Mass., and Rome, Italy - *The Berkman 
Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University today announced the 
launch of a new online, open access curriculum, “Copyright for 
Librarians” (http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/copyrightforlibrarians/), 
developed in conjunction with eIFL.net. “Copyright for Librarians” aims 
to inform librarians about copyright law in general, as well as the 
aspects of copyright law that most affect libraries, especially those in 
developing and transition countries.

  “Copyright law directly affects library services providing access to 
learning resources, scientific and research information,” said Rima 
Kupryte, Director eIFL.net. “Everyday librarians are managing 
information and responding to requests from students, academics, and 
members of the public. They are well placed to provide practical advice 
on topical copyright-related issues. This curriculum, which includes 
modules on the scope of copyright law, exceptions and limitations and 
managing rights, provides librarians from around the world with an 
opportunity to understand this important area of law.”

“Librarians and their professional organisations play key roles in 
shaping national and international copyright policy and in protecting 
and promoting access to knowledge,” said William Fisher, faculty 
director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, “eIFL.net has 
created a crucial network of librarians in developing and transition 
countries.  It is essential that the members of that network have the 
fullest possible understanding, not just of the current copyright laws, 
but also of the ways in which those laws could and should be interpreted 
and modified in the future.  We hope that this curriculum will help to 
advance that understanding.”

“Maximising access to educational and learning materials is critical for 
development in Africa,” said Benson Njobvu, University of Zambia. 
“Teaching students about legal information issues enhances the role of 
the librarian, preparing the next generation for a professional career 
in the digital age. We aim to produce librarians who will become 
well-informed advocates for access to knowledge. “Copyright for 
Librarians” is a valuable new resource that will help us to achieve our 

The course materials of “Copyright for Librarians” -- nine modules 
organised into five different levels -- can be used as the basis for a 
self-taught course, a traditional classroom-based course, or as a 
distance-learning course. For more information and access to the course 
materials, visit: *http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/copyrightforlibrarians/*

eIFL.net is grateful to the Ford Foundation for their support of the 
development of “Copyright for Librarians.”

*Further information:*

Rima Kupryte, Director
Piazza Mastai 9
00153 Rome, Italy
Tel: +(39)(06)5807216/17
E-mail: info a eifl.net

Seth Young
Berkman Center for Internet & Society
Harvard University
Tel: +1.617.384.9135
E-mail: syoung a cyber.law.harvard.edu

*Notes for Editors*

*eIFL.net* is an independent non-profit organization with a global 
network spanning 46 developing ad transition countries and thousands of 
libraries. eIFL.net brings access to knowledge to library users in 
developing and transition countries by building capacity, supporting 
advocacy and helping to introduce new services for the user, as well as 
affordable access to e-resources.

*About the Berkman Center for Internet & Society*
The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is a 
research program founded to explore cyberspace, share in its study, and 
help pioneer its development. Founded in 1997, through a generous gift 
from Jack N. and Lillian R. Berkman, the Center is home to an 
ever-growing community of faculty, fellows, staff, and affiliates 
working on projects that span the broad range of intersections between 
cyberspace, technology, and society. More information can be found at 


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