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Friday, 24th October 2014

Libraries Are...Champions for Academic Freedom and Balanced Copyright

Source: Association of Research Libraries

The Constitutional purpose of copyright and the mission of higher education are the same: to “promote the Progress of Science and the useful Arts.”

This mission requires balance between the interests of copyright holders and the interests of scholars, faculty, and students.

Research libraries and their partners on campus are champions of that balance.

Commercial actors are increasingly claiming to have the interests of the academy at heart, and offering licensing products and web-based “education” that purport to assist scholars, faculty, and librarians in addressing copyright issues. The message is: “Copyright means every use must be paid for. For a fee, we can provide easy access to a safe selection of licensed content.” This unbalanced view is not surprising; commercial actors exist to maximize their profits, and do not share the core mission of the academy.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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