Making the Transition as the New Copyright Librarian




The corpus of academic librarianship literature notes very little material in relation to the work of new copyright librarians. However, the number of academic libraries hiring librarians to fill these positions is increasing, and the need for such literature is real and pertinent. The purpose of this research is to assist incoming copyright librarians with practical, evidence-based guidance for colleagues just starting out in roles focused on copyright issues. The author drew from professional experience as a first-time copyright librarian at a Carnegie One academic institution in the United States. The author highlights the value of constructing a copyright educational foundation for the university community, cultivating a community of practice, establishing best practices around copyright questions and the utility of effective, vetted copyright resources. Understanding the finer details of a copyright librarian’s job are important, as academic libraries are hiring candidates for other scholarly communication positions, and the applicants are expected to know American copyright law.


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Author Biography

  • Emilie Regina Algenio, Texas A&M University

    Title: Copyright/Fair Use Librarian

    Rank: Assistant Professor

    Department: Office of Scholarly Communications, University Libraries


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How to Cite

Algenio, E. R. (2018). Making the Transition as the New Copyright Librarian. Journal of Copyright in Education & Librarianship, 2(1).