ABOUT THE UNIT 

This unit is a core unit for the Diploma of Library and Information Services. The unit provides the skills and knowledge required to monitor compliance with copyright and licence requirements to collections held by libraries, archives, galleries etc. The unit will cover the following areas:

  • Understand the exclusive rights an owner has over their works, and the basic premise of copyright
  • Identify organisations that can provide support and information about current copyright requirements
  • Understand copyright in the context of Library and Information services, including duration of copyright, lending items, fair use provisions for research or study, education institutions, notices on photocopiers and other copying/digital equipment, exceptions to copyright, fair dealing, creative commons (CC) licenses, statutory licenses, selling copyright material etc.
  • Open source Copyright Licences
  • Identifying organisational procedures that are subject to copyright, such as maintenance of materials, donations, acquisitions and cataloguing etc.
  • Identify and review organisational Copyright Compliance Policy statements, documents and procedures
  • Legislation, contract law, freedom on information, privacy and tax implications relating to copyright
  • Implications of Copyright infringements – both direct and indirect.
  • Monitor licences for digital rights management
  • Reproduction in digital form and digital preservation
  • Declarations associated with the production and delivery of copyright material to customers
  • Identify and assess risks associated with private sponsorship and donations
  • Handling culturally sensitive material, in the context of copyright and licensing risks

HOW THIS UNIT RELATES TO YOUR LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SERVICES CAREER

This unit applies to individuals responsible for monitoring the organisation’s compliance with copyright and licence requirements regarding collections held in Australian archives, galleries, libraries and museums. Copyright and licensing requirements are a crucial component of any Library and Information Services career.

TRANSFERABILITY OF SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE

The skills and knowledge gained from this unit are applicable to any library and information services workplace context, but also to any other workplace environments dealing with copyrighted material.

For further information on this unit visit training.gov.au