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      Copyright literacy and LIS education: analysis of its inclusion in the curricula of master's degree programs

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          The close relationship between copyright laws and the development of library activities has become more intense and complex in recent years due to the impact of the digital setting. For this reason, librarians must have adequate knowledge about copyright, whether it be to carry out their own functions and tasks, or to help co-workers and users as efficiently as possible. The aim of the present paper is to determine the type of copyright instruction offered, plus its focus and depth, to students of master's programs in library and information studies at today's outstanding universities in this field. The results show that very few LIS programs provide the minimal training required for professionals to be copyright literate. Very few courses are dedicated specifically to copyright issues, as these subjects are usually studied in an excessively generic and superficial manner within broader courses dedicated to information policy, information ethics, or legal issues regarding information. If we also bear in mind that most of these courses are elective, not required, the conclusion is that very few LIS graduates attain the minimal instruction required. The best results are obtained by US and Canadian universities accredited by the American Library Association (ALA), since copyright issues are included in the list of core competences required to achieve accreditation. The solution to this problem may lie in two complementary approaches. One would be to follow the ALA model and the IFLA recommendation and include copyright contents in the LIS curricula worldwide, and the other would be to provide institutional support for those professionals interested in obtaining the required training.

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          Copyright; Intellectual property, Copyright literacy, Library and information science education.

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            Copyright Literacy in the UK: a survey of librarians and other cultural heritage sector professionals

            Based on a survey of UK library and information professionals and those who work in the cultural heritage sector, carried out in December 2014, this research sought to examine the levels of copyright ‘literacy’. The survey aimed to obtain responses from all sectors, however most responses were received from academic libraries. The research examined their knowledge of national and international copyright issues as well as copyright policies at an institutional level. The survey also explored the need for copyright education for new and existing professionals and suggested topics for inclusion in training activities. The findings suggest that levels of knowledge amongst UK professionals are higher than those in other countries who participated in the first phase of the project. UK institutions are also more likely to have a copyright policy and an individual with responsibility for copyright. The results should be of interest to library managers, library educators and those with responsibility for staff training.
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              Using a two-tier test to assess students' understanding and alternative conceptions of cyber copyright laws

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                Journal
                Heliyon
                Heliyon
                Heliyon
                Elsevier
                2405-8440
                04 January 2022
                January 2022
                04 January 2022
                : 8
                : 1
                : e08707
                Affiliations
                [a ]Department of Information and Communication Studies, University of Granada, Spain
                [b ]Department of Library and Information Science, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain
                [c ]Department of Information Science, São Paulo State University, Brazil
                [d ]São Paulo University, Brazil
                Author notes
                []Corresponding author. jcfernan@ 123456ugr.es
                Article
                S2405-8440(21)02810-3 e08707
                10.1016/j.heliyon.2021.e08707
                8741444
                35028477
                b1d71d2a-19ab-48b3-888c-4ad1df1e72af
                © 2021 Published by Elsevier Ltd.

                This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).

                History
                : 26 October 2021
                : 22 December 2021
                : 31 December 2021
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                copyright,intellectual property,copyright literacy,library and information science education

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