Copyright in Action

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This course is designed to work with copyright concepts introduced in the previous four copyright courses offered by LYRASIS and the Virtual Copyright Education Center in Spring 2021, so that students can take a strategic approach when integrating copyright practices into the operations and policies of their respective museums, libraries, and archives. In particular, students will learn to devise and implement rights data management and copyright assessment protocols to better mitigate risks and identify opportunities when working with collections in the online environment; develop or integrate copyright policies in collections management and preservation activities; and find potential access solutions to the digital dissemination of collections materials based on their expertise in collections management, preservation, and their newly developed copyright literacy skills.

Participation in previous LYRASIS and Virtual Copyright Education Center classes is recommended for this class but not required.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the session, participants should be able to:

Identify fields of information necessary to assess and catalog copyright status and usage permissions for collections materials in museums, libraries, and archives
Determine how and when to implement copyright status assessments in existing acquisition, cataloging, and online publishing workflows
Understand how and with whom to engage to integrate copyright issues in institutional collections management policies and procedures
Find ways to collaborate and reinforce communities of practice in devising innovative access and risk mitigation tools to facilitate digital dissemination of collections materials
Recommend more strategically changes to copyright


Rina Elster Pantalony obtained her undergraduate degree in Political Science with Honors from Dalhousie University at Halifax, Canada and her JD from the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University. She practiced intellectual property law with the Department of Justice, Canada, as principal intellectual property counsel to the Library and Archives of Canada. Prior experience also includes an appointment as director of licensing for a joint Internet venture between The Tate, London and the Museum of Modern Art, New York and legal counsel to the Virtual Museum of Canada, an online exhibition partnership between the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN) and Canada’s museums.

For ten years until 2014, she was faculty in the Moving Image Archive Preservation Program at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, where she taught courses in copyright law and policy. From 2013 until 2019, Ms. Elster Pantalony chaired the Legal Affairs Committee of the International Council of Museums and is recognized as an expert in intellectual property management for cultural heritage organizations by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Her publication, Managing Intellectual Property for Museums, a second edition, was published by WIPO in 2013. Ms. Elster Pantalony was appointed Director of Copyright Advisory Services, Columbia University in the fall of 2014.

Academic library: 4 year and graduate; Special Library; Museum; Academic library: 2 year; Archives; Special collections
This webinar is presented in Eastern time.