Recently I had the pleasure of conducting an email interview with Carla Myers, organizer of the Kraemer Copyright Conference, which will take place at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs from June 6-7. Here’s a transcript of our conversation:
1. Could you tell us about the history of the Kraemer Copyright Conference? How did it come into being, and how has it evolved over the years?
The conference was first held in 2013 with the intent of providing an educational opportunity for librarians and educators to learn about how copyright law impacts the services we offer. The past three years the conference was 1.5 days long and included an optional preconference workshop the afternoon of the first day and a full day of programming on the second day. This year (2016) we’re expanding to two full days with optional preconference sessions being held the morning of June 6th and conference programming being held the afternoon of June 6th and all day on June 7th. This is also the first year we’ve had a call for proposals and papers and the first time we’re integrating a poster session into the conference.
Attendance at the conference has grown over the years. The first year I believe we had about 80 people participate. Last year 150 registered for the conference, and this year we’re expecting around 200 participants!
2. What was the inspiration for this year’s theme, “Libraries and Copyright: Past, Present, and Future”? Are there any sessions and/or programs that you’re particularly excited about?
This year’s theme was inspired by a question a conference participant asked at last year’s conference. He wanted to know what copyright issues librarians and educators should be aware of both now and into the future. It was such a great question that we decided to make it the theme of this year’s conference.
I’m very much looking forward to hearing what our featured speakers have to say on this topic and think we have an amazing variety of programming for participants to choose from during our break-out sessions.
3. CCUMC’s membership consists of providers of media content, academic technology, and support at institutions of higher education. What sorts of learning and networking opportunities could a CCUMC member expect to find at your conference?
There will definitely be lots of opportunities for them to network with people who have similar job responsibilities. In addition to the featured speaker sessions, which will provide good general copyright information for everyone, we have break-out session that focus specifically on streaming media in the library, copyright and video content in the libraries, and the copyright issues that are relevant to protected works being shared with students online through content management systems.
4. What’s it like in Colorado Springs at this time of year?
Absolutely gorgeous. The last three years the weather has been sunny and around 70-80 degrees. It’s not unusual for conference participants to come-in a day early or stay a day late to go hiking, to visit the Garden of the Gods, or take advantage of some of the other outdoors recreational activates available in the city.
5. Is there anything else you’d like to tell the readers of Copyright Matters?
If you can’t make it to the conference there are lots of other ways to learn about Copyright! The American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) hosts CopyTalk webinars that cover important library copyright issues. They also have a lot of great information online and have useful tools such as the Digital Copyright Slider that can be utilized when making decisions about protected works. Google the names of our 2016 Copyright Conference featured speakers; all of them have written wonderful books on library/school copyright issues and often give presentations at conference and symposiums across the nation. Develop a network of colleagues who you can discuss copyright issues with. Work hard to ensure that your institution’s practices are in compliance with the law and that you are balancing the needs of your users with the rights granted to those who create copyrightable works.
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