Columbia University – “Feasibility Study for a Copyright Education Center” – $30,000

The Catalyst Fund project “Feasibility Study for A Copyright Education Center” has been developed by Columbia University in the City of New York. The Project Team includes Rina Elster Pantalony, Director, Copyright Advisory Office, Columbia University; Robert Cartolano, Associate Vice President for Digital Programs and Technology Services, Columbia University Libraries; Robert Miller, Chief Executive Officer, LYRASIS; Tom Clareson, Senior Consultant for Digital & Preservation Services, LYRASIS; and Alicia Johnson, Administrative Coordinator, LYRASIS.

The goal of the project is to conduct a feasibility study to determine the viability and sustainability of a copyright education center for libraries, archives, and museums. The study will benefit the cultural heritage sector as a whole by generating research on copyright and intellectual property education needs in the community, and developing models to address those needs.

In 2003-2005, there was a very successful project to provide in-person workshops and conferences on copyright issues, “Copyright in the Digital Age.” Many of the faculty of that workshop series remain in the field and continue to be interested in providing copyright education; with the increased spectrum of issues that have appeared in the intervening 12 years since the series ended, the time is right to develop a sustainable initiative to provide this type of assistance to the community.

Tom Clareson is the LYRASIS project liaison.