International Copyright-Literacy Event with Playful Opportunities for Practitioners and Scholars (Icepops)

Icepops is the International Copyright-Literacy Event with Playful Opportunities for Practitioners and Scholars.

Plans are now in progress for an in person edition of Icepops 2022 to be held at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History on Thursday 8th September, followed by an evening social. There will be optional tours on Friday 9th September. Keynote speakers include: Dr Emily Hudson, Kings College, London, Dr Andrea Wallace, University of Exeter and Douglas McCarthy, Europeana Foundation.

*** The call for contributions is now open ***

*** The bookings are now open ***

Icepops was devised by Chris Morrison and Jane Secker and is run in conjunction with the CILIP Information Literacy Group. The day will include a world café, lightning talks, and an evening social.

Conference format and programme

Lightning talks: Lightning talks will be up to 5 minutes and take place in both the morning and afternoon sessions.

World Cafe presentations: World cafe presenters will be required to submit a short video in advance of the conference which will be made available from the Icepops website. Presenters will then be available for the in person conference and allocated a table to answer questions about their presentation as delegates rotate around the room.

Games demonstration: Please select this format if you have a new game to share, or wish to test out a new approach to teaching.

Other formats: We are open to suggestions for other presentation types and also welcome poster presentations which will be displayed in the conference hall.

Call for presenters

The call for presenters is now open until Monday 6th June.

All presenters will be required to register for the day, although they will be eligible for a reduced entry fee (see below). Please note online presentations are not possible this year.

We will notify you by Monday 13th June to confirm whether your submission has been accepted.

We would like to encourage presenters to address one of the themes of this year’s conference:

  • Copyright literacy in a time of transition – lessons from Covid-19
  • Engaging and creative approaches to copyright education including using games, video, music and performance
  • Copyright education as part of digital and information literacy initiatives
  • Copyright education in the cultural heritage sector
  • Teaching copyright as part of scholarly and open practices
  • Copyright and open educational resources

However, we don’t want you to feel constrained if you have a great idea relating to copyright literacy that doesn’t fit 100% into any of the above. Please just let us know and we’ll see if it fits in the programme.

Who should attend?

Icepops 2019 attendees

Icepops is aimed at copyright specialists and non-specialists, librarians, archivists, curators, learning technologists, educational developers, teachers, lecturers, publishers and creators involved in copyright education. The focus is on all levels of education from schools to higher education and continuing professional development. UK and international delegates are invited to share their experiences with colleagues.

The event was partly inspired by the IFLA one day seminar held in August 2017 on Models of Copyright Education in Information Literacy Programs.

The Icepops Annual 2019 (link to PDF of conference proceedings)

What people have said about Icepops:

It was fun! (as well as informative and relevant to my work). I liked the fast pace which kept our interest throughout the day. All the presentations were interesting and food for thought.
The games hackathon was my fave session. It combined everything we learned about during ICEPOPS in an active, fun, social way. It was also placed right at the time of day when our attention might have lagged.
Thank you for all your work putting it together! I hope to stay in touch with people I met there. This is an important and growing community in the scholarly communications and information literacy worlds.
Or read a review of Icepops 2018 by Anne-Lise Harding published in the Journal of Information Literacy.

Booking and costs:

Bookings for Icepops 2022 are now open. Hurry we have a limited number of places this year!

Costs: Includes attendance, all refreshments and an evening social. Accommodation will need to be booked separately.

ILG / ALT / Presenter rate: £120 (including VAT)

Full rate: £150 (including VAT)

Previous editions of Icepops

Details about the previous conferences are available including the presentations and photos from 2018 and presentations and photos from 2019. I Can’t Believe It’s Not Icepops! was held in June 2021. The programme includes links to the presentations and recordings of the lightning talks. You can also access further details about speakers including their abstracts. Please note our World Cafe sessions were not recorded, but there are further resources available from World Cafe presenters.

Organisers and sponsors:

The event is being organised by Chris Morrison and Jane Secker ( and the Information Literacy Group.

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