Today's SLAchat question:
Should information professionals continue to be guardians of intellectual property, or should they be concerned with access to information? What challenges do you face in balancing the two?
Q: In a sentence, link, or picture, what’s your relationship with intellectual property?
Sara: Complicated: I respect authors’ rights, but I’m not sure we have a good balance between protection and promotion of content.
Q: What’s more important in your current role; proper handling of intellectual property, or generally enabling your users’ access to the proper information?
Sara: It’s sometimes more than a challenge than I wish it were between the two - I want to be an enabler, no-one likes a jobsworth, but equally, acting illegally is not something I am prepared to do.
Q: Any advice for someone looking to stay apprised of ongoing changes in copyright law (besides Click University!)?
Sara: Follow blogs and other places where conversations happen about this, in your own jurisdiction.
Q: You work at an international law firm. What’s the biggest challenge this presents as a legal librarian?
Sara: It’s a balancing act to ensure that we provide a good service, and pass documents and information on to our lawyers when they need them - but still staying legal in our handling of copying and downloading. The two aren’t always compatible and it’s been known for a lawyer to be irritated by additional wait time or restrictions on use.
Share your own perspectives below.
PS - Today (1 May) is Law Day here in the United States!
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