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From researching to remixing, library users need your guidance on a wide range of copyright topics. The way to move beyond “yes, you can” or “no, you can’t” is to become a copyright coach. In this collection librarian and attorney Smith teams up with information literacy expert Ellis to offer a framework for coaching copyright, empowering users to take a practical approach to specific situations. Complete with in-depth case studies, this collection provides valuable information rooted in pragmatic techniques, including

  • in-depth discussion of the five questions that will help you clarify any copyright situation;
  • storytelling techniques to enliven copyright presentations, plus ways to use music or YouTube to hook students into copyright topics;
  • three coaching scenarios that tie into ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education and bring real-world applications to your library instruction;
  • how-to guidance on leading mock negotiations over real journal publishing agreements;
  • a 90-minute lesson plan on author rights for writers in a student journal;
  • tips for teaching instructional designers how to apply copyright and fair use principles to course management systems; and
  • an LIS copyright course assessment model.

This resource will help you become a copyright coach by showing you how to discern the most important issues in a situation, determine which questions you need to ask, and give a response that is targeted to the specific need.


Chapter 1    Coaching Copyright: Rules and Strategies for the Game
Kevin L. Smith

Chapter 2    Integrating Copyright Coaching into Your Instruction Program
Jill Becker and Erin L. Ellis

Chapter 3    Hooking Your Audience on Copyright
Laura Quilter

Chapter 4    Storytelling and Copyright Education
Anne Gilliland

Chapter 5    Teaching Copyright and Negotiation via Role-Playing
Ana Enriquez

Chapter 6    Undergraduate Research Journals as Pedagogy
Merinda Kaye Hensley

Chapter 7    Building Copyright Confidence in Instructional Designers
Anali Perry

Chapter 8    Copyright Services at a Liberal Arts College
Stephanie Davis-Kahl and Karen Schmidt

Chapter 9    Coaching up the Chain of Command
Carla Myers

Chapter 10    A Five-Year Review of a “Legal Issues for Librarians” Course
Will Cross

About the Editors and Contributors

Kevin L. Smith

Kevin L. Smith is the Dean of Libraries at the University of Kansas. An attorney as well as a librarian, Smith was the director of Copyright and Scholarly Communications at Duke University for 10 years prior to moving to Kansas in 2016. He is a well-known writer and speaker on issues of copyright in higher education. Smith has been admitted to the bar in both Ohio and North Carolina.

Erin L. Ellis

Erin L. Ellis is the Associate Dean for Research and Learning Services at Indiana University Bloomington Libraries. She holds an MLS degree from Emporia State University and a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Kansas. Her research interests include organizational transformation, librarian instructor development, and information literacy. She has written and presented widely on these and other library-related topics. She is also a consultant for organizational review and design.

"A must read for librarians who regularly interact with copyright law—which is to say, all librarians. Copyright is notoriously complex in its applications in academic settings, and one can find a number of resources that distill these complex ideas and outline their relevance to librarians. Smith and Ellis's book does this and more. The real and significant value of this collection of essays is its exploration of applications."

"For all librarians who have seen the eyes of patrons (or clients, as editor Kevin Smith insists we call them) glaze over as soon as they hear the word 'copyright,' this book offers both confidence and excellent ideas ... This helpful guide is recommended for academic, special, and large public libraries."
— Catholic Library World

"[The editors] have distilled years of practical experience and in-depth copyright knowledge into a highly readable guidebook. The book's contributors offer immediately actionable ideas for librarians seeking to integrate copyright reference and instruction services more deliberately into their daily work."
— Online Searcher