University of Wisconsin–Madison

Copyright in Libraries

New technologies give rise to incredible new possibilities for libraries and the communities they serve – and yet, copyright law sometimes seems to get in the way of realizing all those exciting new potentials. In this course you’ll get a solid grounding in the basics of copyright law, with particular attention to legal issues relevant to libraries.  You’ll also have opportunities to consider how copyright issues are changing in virtual patron engagements, and to explore specific issues of interest to you in your daily work.

At a glance

When: Oct 3 – Nov 13, 2023

Where: Online

Cost: $250 (10% discount if you register 2 weeks before the start date)

CE Credit: 2.0 CEUs/20 LEUs

Program: #304323

Questions? Contact Meredith Lowe

Register online

Due to remote work continuing into the Fall, please use the online registration option. If you need alternate arrangements, email Meredith Lowe, Alternate registration options may result in delays.

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Course details


  • Copyright history and theory
  • Basics of the US legal system
  • Basics of copyright law
  • Library & education exemptions
  • Fair use
  • How contracts/licenses and copyright interact
  • Institutional risk tolerance and decision making
  • Communicating about copyright with colleagues, and with library users


Regular participation in online discussions about readings; brief assignments/exercises in pairs; small final project applicable to your daily work.


Anne Gilliland is the Scholarly Communications Officer at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where she provides guidance, policy development, and advocacy to faculty, students, and staff on copyright and related topics.  Anne has an MSLIS from the University of Tennessee and a JD from Capital University.