University of Wisconsin–Madison

Solving Copyright Dilemmas for K12 Libraries

While we learn about copyright, fair use, and licensing in our school library training, we still run into dilemmas that stump us–and yet we have to have enough answers to train teachers and principals who need help on these topics. Copyright in schools is more than books and the photocopier–we also see lots of media production for student projects, streaming content and license agreements. This course will give you a better understanding of how copyright law applies to real K-12 school situations.

At a glance

When: June 22 – July 19

Where: Online

Cost: $150 (10% discount if you register by June 7)!

CE Credit: 1.4 CEUs/14 LEUs

Program: #305420

Questions? Contact Meredith Lowe or Anna Palmer

Please note: UW-Madison now requires payment upon registration. If you need to pay with a check, please use the form below and mail the check with your registration.

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Register by phone: Pyle Center, (608) 262-2451

Register by mail: Print a Registration Form

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Login information will be emailed to you a few days before the course begins

Course details


  • Basics of copyright law and fair use
  • How contracts, licenses and copyright interact
  • Respecting copyright with streaming media
  • Respecting copyright in multimedia content creation
  • Public performance rights and fair use
  • Instructing and training your users on copyright


Regular participation in online discussions about readings; brief assignments and exercises applicable to your daily work.


Beth Hennes is the Library Media Technology Specialist for Madison West High School (WI) and earned her MA in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin -Madison. She offers a boots-on-the-ground perspective of some of the copyright dilemmas facing school librarians.

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.