On Wednesday, April 15, WNYLRC hosted the workshop, “Libraries and Digital Collections: Keeping the Dream from Becoming a Nightmare” with guest presenter Stephanie Cole Adams. Ms. Adams currently serves as General Counsel for Niagara University and is an expert in copyright law. She also works pro bono for the WNY Arts Services Initiative and is involved in several other local endeavors. This is the second time that Ms. Adams has presented at WNYLRC; she was part of the 2012 Preservation Institute “Born Digital” where she facilitated a session on copyright law in the electronic records age.
The attendees were guided through a deeper, more meaningful understanding of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries along with the most recent legal case studies and issues in relation to copyright law for libraries and archives.The presentation addressed the specific provisions of the code as well as the more specific concerns of attendees relative to ADA compliance, preservation, photo collections, oral histories, published and unpublished works, metadata, databases, virtual displays and so on. Public, academic, school and special library members’ interest were represented and addressed in the course of this tremendously informative session!
Ms. Adams’ easy and informal style of presentation, along with her incredibly broad knowledge and expertise – and a definite passion for her subject, made this a truly engaging and rewarding opportunity to learn new material that we can all take back and apply in our library environments!