Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln


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Published in Library Philosophy and Practice (2011) 15 p.


Over thirty years of legislation since the Copyright Revision Act of 1976 has redefined how academic library professionals view their responsibilities regarding copyright oversight of their print and digital collections, as well as how they have disseminated intellectual property information to their constituencies. This article presents a qualitative evaluation of how copyright information is disseminated on twenty ARL websites—including how sampled sites communicate copyright leadership roles on campus and webpage "best examples". Sampled websites were also searched separately by the author and an undergraduate student to gauge how easily accessible the information was to a "novice user" and "experienced user". A comprehensive literature review is included in the article.