Information Law: Compliance for Librarians, Information Professionals and Knowledge Managers

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Library staff, information managers, academics, learning technologists, researchers and other practitioners who collect, use, create, share or provide access to published and unpublished resources, such as content, data, databases, personal data and software, need to be aware of the legal and licensing issues that might arise from these activities. This new, fully up-to-date guide will adopt a practical hands-on approach to this complex area, which is viewed from both an operational and strategic perspective.

The issue of information law compliance is more crucial now than ever with the new, more stringent adoption of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) provisions across the Europe Union. It’s not just about what data you handle, but why you have it, where it is held, and who you are sharing it with. It is therefore a vital component of digital literacy.

This resource is based on a Compliance Model developed by Naomi Korn, which has been implemented across many parts of the UK’s public sector. The model is presented here as an approach to information law compliance which can be applied across any organization in order to instigate compliant-aware cultures.

The book includes case studies flow charts, sample contractual clauses and model licences, top tips and checklists. There is also a Glossary of Terms, an annotated guide to further reading, and useful contact lists.



1. Copyright, Database Rights, Freedom of Info & GDPR/DP
2. Before you start: Knowing what you have 
3. Governance 
4. Policies
5. Procedures 
6. Tools and templates 
7. Systems 
8. Awareness and Engagement 
9. Final Remarks


Charles Oppenheim

Professor Charles Oppenheim is an internationally renowned expert, speaker, author and consultant on legal issues in LIS, particularly in copyright, data protection, freedom of information and cloud computing. He is an Honorary Fellow of CILIP, a member of the Legal Advisory Board of the European Commission, and of the Libraries and Archives Copyright Alliance.

Naomi Korn

Naomi Korn is Founder and Managing Director, NKCC.

Adrienne Muir

Adrienne Muir is Professor of Information Management at Robert Gordon University, UK. Previously she was an academic in information science and publishing at Loughborough University. She has a PhD in information science (digital legal deposit) and a postgraduate qualification in information technology and telecommunications law. She is also the book review editor for the journal Library and Information Research.

"Oppenheim and associates set out to instruct information groups on how to build a 'compliant culture' within their organization by adopting the Naomi Korn 'Compliance Methodology,' which is a six-tier plan to help information organizations achieve General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance ... While this book is written for a UK and EU audience, GDPR affects information groups and resources across the globe, making this an excellent primer for US information professionals who work with EU counterparts."