Duke copyright expert to lead sessions at WWU Aug. 12, 13

Kevin Smith, director of Duke University’s Copyright and Scholarly Communications Office, will visit the Western Washington University campus Aug. 12 and 13 to lead workshops and training in copyright and fair use, especially as they're applied in an academic setting.

Western Libraries Dean Mark Greenberg invited Smith to campus to help library faculty and staff better understand copyright issues so that they in turn could share that knowledge with the WWU campus community.

But knowing that Smith's "Copyright for Academic Libraries" presentations could be useful for all of campus, the Western Libraries has invited WWU students, faculty and staff to sit in on the presentations.

At Duke, Smith’s principal role is to teach and advise faculty, administrators and students about copyright, intellectual property licensing and scholarly publishing. He has written several articles on copyright issues in higher education, and he maintains a blog on scholarly communications that discusses copyright and publication in academia.

Schedule of open meetings:

9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 12: An Overview

This session will offer an overview of copyright law and traditional structures of fair use in an academic setting as well as how recent copyright lawsuits have helped define copyright rights and responsibilities in higher education. Haggard Hall Room 253

1 to 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12: Scholarly Communications

This in-depth session will explore author and institutional ownership, rights and responsibilities, student work, curricular materials, and open access in the context of institutional repositories and scholarly publishing. Haggard Hall Room 253

2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12: Reproduction and Distribution

This in-depth session will explore the photo duplication and dissemination of print materials through course reserves, interlibrary loan and digitization. Haggard Hall Room 253

9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13: Fair Use

This session will offer an overview of “transformative” fair use and how its legal interpretations have changed over time. Topics will include learning management systems, new technologies and MOOCS. Wilson Library Room 164F (Library Presentation Room)

1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13: Teaching with Images

This in-depth session will explore the use of images in both live and online learning environments. Wilson Library Room 164F (Library Presentation Room)

2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13: Teaching and Learning with Audio and Video

This in-depth session will explore the use of A/V materials in the classroom, the TEACH Act, building digital collections and their practical implementation in higher education. Wilson Library Room 164F (Library Presentation Room)

3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13: Wrap up

This session is intended to allow workshop participants to pose scenarios and ask questions not addressed elsewhere in the workshop. Wilson Library Room 164F (Library Presentation Room)

Smith began his academic career with graduate studies in theology at Yale University and the University of Chicago, and then decided to move into library work. He holds a master's degree in library science from Kent State University and has worked as an academic librarian in both liberal arts colleges and specialized theological libraries. His strong interest in copyright law began in library school, and he received a law degree from Capital University in 2005. Before moving to Duke in 2006, Kevin served as the director of the Pilgrim Library at Defiance College in Ohio, where he also taught constitutional law. He is admitted to the bar in Ohio and North Carolina.

Smith serves on Duke’s Intellectual Property Board and Digital Futures Task Force, and he convenes the Open Access Advisory Panel for the University Libraries. He is a frequent speaker on those topics and is the author of a forthcoming book from the University of Chicago Press on IP for scholars.