Copyright Symposium

The OLA Copyright User’s Group regularly host a symposium focusing on issues related to copyright for various types of libraries.  As librarians and library technicians with responsibility for administering copyright policy and/or educating our campuses on the use of protected materials it’s incumbent upon us to develop the professional skills and judgment to discern both the needs of our campus community and the extent of what the law will allow. The symposium aims to assist librarians in developing copyright policy grounded in existing law and tailored to the unique needs and culture of their institution.

This event is open to library staff/library students only.

Event Information

Monday, December 5, 2016
Hart House, University of Toronto:
7 Hart House Circle
Toronto, Ontario, M5S 3H3
9:00am - 5:00pm  
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Program

The Last Word, Make it Ours: Strategies for Preparing for the Copyright Act Review*

8:30 - 9:15am Registration & Coffee
9:15 - 10:30am Lessons Learned from Earlier Legislated Review
Speakers: Joan Dalton (Associate University Librarian, University of Windsor), Paul Whitney (Consultant and former City Librarian, Vancouver Public Library), and Jason Bird (Manager, Library Services at Sault College)
Moderator: Dr. Margaret Ann Wilkinson (Professor and Director of the Faculty of Law IPIT Area, Western University)
Presenters will describe experiences of previous Copyright Act reviews, including success stories from librarians’ efforts as well as historical context that impacted the processes. Other advocacy efforts relevant for the current review including copyright related advocacy at the international level and strategic issues for facilitating cross-sectorial collaborations will close the session.
10:30 - 10:45am Break
10:45 - 11:45am Libraries as Copyright Educators and Advocates
Speakers: Mark Swartz (Copyright Specialist, Queen’s University) and Sam Cheng (Copyright Coordinator, Sheridan)
The role of libraries in providing copyright education and advocacy will be discussed. We will also summarize the legislative issues identified from the “Hack the Act” exercise at the ABC Copyright 2016 Conference and ask participants to take part in a follow up to this exercise.
11:45 - 12:30pm External Conditions Pertinent to Shaping Advocacy
Speakers: Jason Bird (Manager, Library Services at Sault College), Dr. Margaret Ann Wilkinson (Professor and Director of the Faculty of Law IPIT Area, Western University), and Michael Ciccone (Executive Director, Centre for Equitable Library Access)
Challenges and opportunities that are impacting libraries in their advocacy efforts will be reviewed, including current copyright roles of Canadian federal government departments, institutional practices of fair dealing affecting Canadian libraries in various sectors, and the realities associated with the fact that licenses override copyright exceptions.
12:30 - 1:30pm Lunch (provided)
1:30 - 2:30pm Copyright Board: Possible Advocacy Opportunities
Speaker: Dr. Margaret Ann Wilkinson (Professor and Director of the Faculty of Law IPIT Area, Western University)
Part VII of the Copyright Act governs the Copyright Board and the copyright collectives. Libraries have a mandate to serve the public interest, as does the Board. With recent experience of working with collectives such as Access Copyright and Copibec, we will explore possible issues we can advocate on to reform this part of the Act.
2:30 - 2:45pm Break
2:45 - 3:30pm Roundtable Discussion and Rankings




3:30 - 4:30pm Wrap Up & Next Steps
Speakers: Shelagh Paterson (Executive Director, Ontario Library Association) and Margaret Ann Wilkinson (Professor and Director of the Faculty of Law IPIT Area, Western University)

* Arranged and coordinated by the OLA Copyright Users’ Committee: Sam Cheng (Chair of the committee and Copyright Coordinator, Sheridan), Jason Bird (Manager, Library Services at Sault College), Michael Ciccone (Executive Director, Centre for Equitable Library Access), Ex Officio member Shelagh Paterson (Executive Director, Ontario Library Association), Mark Swartz (Copyright Specialist, Queen’s University), and Dr. Margaret Ann Wilkinson (Professor and Director of the IPIT Area, Western Law)

 

OLA Travel Fund

The OLA Board of Directors has established a modest travel fund to ensure members of the association have opportunities to participate in OLA programs despite geographical barriers. Please see this link for details (you'll need to scroll down the page a bit)

Sponsors and Exhibitors

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Cancellation Policy

Registrations will be reimbursed at 100% until 30 days prior to the event; 50% until 15 days prior and will not be reimbursed at all within 14 days of the event. Registration can be transferred to another staff member at any point during the registration process. Please email your cancellation or transfer requests to education@accessola.com .