Thursday, August 30, 2018

IFLA Statement On Copyright Education and #CopyrightLiteracy #WLIC2018

Earlier this week, at the World Library and Information Congress in Kuala Lumpur, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) published the IFLA Statement On Copyright Education and Copyright Literacy. It asserts the importance of copyright education and copyright literacy to the library and information profession (i.e. that members of the profession need to be copyright literate) and also librarians' role in educating and advocating in this area. It says that:
"Copyright literacy can be defined as sufficient copyright knowledge to be able to take well informed decisions on how to use copyrighted materials. It includes understanding the structure, functioning and implications of the copyright system, as laws, practices, and user expectations evolve. Copyright education is the process of developing and updating copyright literacy."
There are recommendations to Governments, librarians, educators of librarians and library associations. The statement is currently available in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and Russian.
Photo by Sheila Webber: autumn flowers, Botanic gardens, Sheffield, August 2018

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