IFLA Statement on Copyright Education and Copyright Literacy

IFLA Statement on Copyright Literacy
IFLA Statement on Copyright Literacy

UK Copyright Literacy are back and we’ve got plenty of news to report on, as despite taking a break from the blog, the Copyright Literacy work continues either with or without us!

In some extremely exciting news, on Monday at the World Library and Information Congress in Kuala Lumpur, a statement on Copyright Education and Copyright Literacy has been released by IFLA – the International Federation of Library Associations. We are delighted to see recognition for the value of copyright literacy at the highest international level in the library community. You can download the statement in PDF.
The statement says:

“To be copyright literate is to have sufficient copyright knowledge to be able to take well informed decisions on how to use copyrighted materials. It includes understanding the structure, functioning and implications of the copyright system, as laws, practices, and user expectations evolve. Copyright education is the process of developing and updating copyright literacy.”

and it goes on to say:

“Many librarians’ work involves regularly dealing with copyright. From public libraries, to specialized and research libraries, questions arise around lending, the legal deposit, accessibility, preservation and many more activities. Furthermore, librarians are increasingly becoming a reference point for library users, faculty members and many others seeking for clarification on copyright-related matters.”

There are recommendations in the document about the importance of copyright literacy for libraries, for library associations and for library educators. As with other IFLA documents, the statement is also available in languages other than English.

In other news, I am just back from my copyright literacy trip to Uruguay and I will write a number of posts about this, starting later this week, but needless to say I had an amazing time and learnt a huge amount about the value of copyright literacy elsewhere in the world.

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