Copyright Literacy Survey of LIS Students: collecting data for 2018

A year ago we collected some data for the COLIS Survey, which examined the levels of knowledge that Library and Information Studies (LIS) students have about copyright and how prepared they feel for their work in the library and information profession. We have re-opened the UK survey to collect some additional data from this year’s cohort. We then plan to put this together with the findings from the International Copyright Literacy team

We are looking to get responses from students currently studying for a library and information qualification at any UK institution. Even if you are based elsewhere in the world, if your qualification is from a UK university (e.g. you are a distance learning student living outside the UK but studying at Aberystwyth or Robert Gordon University) we want to hear from you. We know many of you may have just started your studies but you are just the people we are looking for, so please take a short break from your course to help us with ours!

It is a short survey and won’t take more than 15 minutes to complete, but will give us valuable data about your level of knowledge about copyright, how important you think it might be in your work as a librarian or information professional and how prepared you feel for dealing with copyright matters in your future career. The survey findings will allow us to benchmark UK based students with those around the world. A full summary of the findings will be made available from this website in due course. Please complete the survey here:

The survey will be open for 9 weeks, so please complete it by Friday 21st December 2018.
If you have any questions then please email

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