Taking the Lead: approaches and justification for librarian designed copyright curricula

Tammy Ravas, University of Montana, Missoula
Kathleen DeLaurenti, College of William and Mary
Kyra Folk-Farber, University of California, Santa Barbara


Tammy Ravas will share her experiences developing and teaching a fully online course, Who Owns Culture: An Introduction to Copyright. The course is open to all undergraduates, introduces students to practices of borrowing in music and other creative expressions, as well as related legal cases. She will share assessment strategies showing how students’ attitudes and perceptions changed over the course.

Two research-based approaches to developing copyright curricula will also be shared. DeLaurenti will share results from a phenomenological study designed to understand undergraduate students’ beliefs and perceptions related to music copyright. She will demonstrate how phenomenology serves as an ideal framework to understand undergraduate students’ experiences and how it can be used to inform a co-developed curriculum between librarians and students.

Folk-Farber will present her qualitative research with graduate music students. Informed by prior research with professional musicians, she will share the findings of new focus group research with master- and doctoral-level performance majors. Her presentation will demonstrate how she is using these findings to develop a customized instructional module on Fair Use as part of the UCSB scholarly communications outreach program.

Video of this presentation is available from the Music Library Association at http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/84035736