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Continuing Education and Events: 06/01 - Copyright for Librarians

This guide contains current and upcoming events of interest to librarians, archivist, library staff, and others in Capital District Region.

Copyright for Librarians

Monday, June 1, 2015
9:30 am - 12:30 pm

CDLC Offices, 28 Essex Street, Albany
Presented by
Dr. Arlene Bielefield, Information  & Library Science professor at Southern Connecticut State University

This class will cover the basics of the U.S. copyright law, what can and cannot be copyrighted, duration, the effect on the electronic world, fair use, guidelines, relevant cases, relevant sites, electronic and print library reserves, latest actions by Congress.
Some key questions that this class will cover: What does it take to have a copyright? What are the four elements the courts use to measure fair use? What is the difference between copyright and plagiarism? Is there an international copyright law? Can I freely use materials I find on the internet and digital resources, information commons, etc.? Is a notice of copyright required on copyrighted materials? Should library staff make copies on the library's copier for patrons? What sites should I visit for updates to the law?

Dr. Arlene Bielefield is a professor in the Information & Library Science program at Southern Connecticut State University. She holds both an MLS and a JD (Juris Doctor), has served on the Committee on Legislation (COL) of the American Library Association and chaired the COL Subcommittee on Intellectual Property. She is also the author, with Lawrence Cheeseman, of a number of books for Neal-Schuman, including two on copyright.

Class participants are encouraged to submit their copyright questions prior to the class for the presenter. Please submit questions to Christopher Tosh at by May 27.


There is no cost for this event, which is open to all members of CDLC institutions.


Registration for this workshop is now full. If you are interested in attending, please register below and if a seat becomes available we will contact you. Thank you for your interest.


Due to a limited number of seats, if you register and are unable to attend, please contact Christopher Tosh at


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Christopher Tosh
28 Essex Street
Albany, NY 12206
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