Copyright Theory and Practice for Libraries, Archives, and Special Collections

Course Information

Instructor: Jeremy Abbott
Location: Online
Mode: Online
Dates: August 5–9, 2024
Tuition: $1200.00


This course provides an introduction to the historical and legal origins of copyright in the United States (along with some relevant international contributions), how that history has influenced library, archive, and special collections practice, and what copyright means now. Through a mix of case law, case studies, and guest speakers, participants will learn the theory and day-to-day application of copyright, share best practices, and collectively try to wrap our heads around its many contradictions. No law degrees or previous exposure to copyright beyond recognizing this “©” are necessary.





Completion of this course helps to meet requirements for one of the following certificate requirements:

  • 1 of 3 elective credit courses for Certificate in Rare Books and Manuscripts, or
  • 1 of 2 elective credit courses for Certificate in Librarianship, Activism, and Justice