Webpages on copyright in Canadian academic libraries

Tony G Horva


This article originally appeared in Partnership: the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research, Vol. 3, No. 2 (2008) http://journal.lib.uoguelph.ca/index.php/perj/article/view/583.

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Academic libraries value the web as being a vital channel for communicating information and policies to their user community. Designing a webpage on copyright is a challenging task that requires a consideration of the medium and the message. This article proposes a conceptual model and proactive approach for integrating policy objective and goals into the development of a copyright webpage, based on key elements of the library’s involvement in academia. To complement this theoretical approach, an analysis of Canadian academic library websites was conducted in order to gage the effectiveness of copyright webpages, in the Canadian legal context, according to the model as well as related design issues of visibility and access.

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