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

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we have taken the sad, but only sensible option to postpone Icepops 2020. The event will now run on 22nd June 2021 and we are in the process of contacting speakers and delegates so appreciate your patience.

The Icepops conference due to be held on Tuesday 7th July 2020 at the Park Inn Hotel, Cardiff and is being supported by the Welsh Higher Education Libraries Forum (WHELF)

Devised by Chris Morrison and Jane Secker (the UK Copyright Literacy team) and run in conjunction with the CILIP Information Literacy Group, the day will include keynote speakers, a world café, lightning talks and much more!

Details about the Icepops 2018 and Icepops 2019 conferences are available  including the presentations and photos from 2018 and presentations and photos from 2019.

Conference themes:

This year’s themes will include copyright education, games and play, copyright and cultural heritage, Open GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) creativity and the relationship of copyright literacy to information literacy and scholarly communication and building copyright literacy communities: nationally and internationally.

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.

Keynote speakers

Dr Emily Hudson – King’s College London

Our opening keynote will be Dr Emily Hudson of Kings College, London where she is Lecturer in Law and teaches on the undergraduate law programme. She is Director of Undergraduate Studies and Chair of Assessments. Emily’s research interests include intellectual property law, personal property law and trusts, and law as it relates to cultural institutions and the creative industries.

Emily joined King’s College London in January 2015, having previously held academic posts at the University of Melbourne, University of Queensland (with whom she maintains an association) and University of Oxford. She holds a BSc (Hons), LLB (Hons), LLM and PhD from the University of Melbourne. Prior to her embarking on an academic career, Emily was a solicitor at Minter Ellison Lawyers.

She is working on her soon to be published book with Cambridge University Press which explores educational exceptions and Emily was a speaker at the UUK Copyright Summer Event in June 2018.

‘Warhol Gold Marilyn’ photo by Kristine Khouri, CC BY 2.0

We are delighted to announce that this year we have a joint keynote by Dr Andrea Wallace (University of Exeter) and Douglas McCarthy (Europeana Foundation).

Andrea Wallace (@andeewallace) is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Exeter. Her research explores legal issues surrounding copyright, cultural institutions and the public domain by examining the impact of digital technologies on the preservation, interpretation, and dissemination of cultural heritage. She frequently writes and presents on open culture and the impact that a claim to copyright in reproductions has on meaningful access to  cultural heritage in the public domain.

Andrea’s previous projects include Display At Your Own Risk (with Ronan Deazley, Queen’s University Belfast), a research-led exhibition experiment featuring digital surrogates of public domain works made available by cultural institutions around the world. She is currently working on a new resource called the Copyright Cortex  which catalogues material about copyright and digital cultural heritage to provide he GLAM sector with scholarly commentary, practical guidance, and real world place studies all in one place. She works closely with Douglas McCarthy to manage the data collected by the ongoing Open GLAM Survey.

Douglas McCarthy AKA @CultureDoug holds an MA in Art History and has worked internationally in museums and archives for almost two decades. He is an active member of the global Open GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives and museums) community that promotes culturally appropriate open access to heritage for everyone, everywhere.

Douglas leads an international survey of open access policy and practice in the GLAM sector with Dr Andrea Wallace of the University of Exeter. Last May in Lisbon, he and Andrea shared their insights and talked copyright over cake with Jane and Chris on the Copyright Waffle podcast. Douglas has written extensively about Open GLAM on Medium and shared insights at international conferences including GLAM-WIKI (Tel Aviv, 2018), Open GLAM México (Mexico City, 2018), re;publica (Berlin, 2019), and NDF2019 (Wellington, 2019). He is the founder and co-editor of the Medium publication Open GLAM. It presents global and multilingual perspectives on open access to cultural heritage, written by leading voices in the field.

In his current role as Collections Manager at Europeana, Douglas strives to fulfil its mission to ‘transform the world with culture’ by creating compelling editorial using digital collections to be freely shared, reused and remixed. He also writes regularly on open access for Europeana Pro and has interviewed leading professionals from institutions like the Musée de Bretagne, Pinakotheken, Wellcome Collection, Slovak National Gallery and the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Booking and costs:

Bookings for Icepops 2020 are now closed and the event is postponed until June 2021. 

Costs: £125 + VAT for a full price ticket. The fee for the day will include all refreshments, lunch and an evening social. A discounted price of £100 + VAT per ticket is available for speakers, students and members of CILIP.

Accommodation is not provided however there is a wide selections of hotels in Cardiff city centre. The Park Inn Hotel (the conference venue) are also offering 20% off the best available room rate at time of booking, quote COPY070720.

Call for speakers:

The call for speakers for Icepops 2020 is now closed. Thank you to all the contributions we have received. Further details will be published about the call for contributions for Icepops 2021 in autumn 2020.



Organisers and sponsors:

The event is being co-organised by UK Copyright Literacy and the Information Literacy Group.