Last Tuesday, the Winter Meeting of the Copyright Information and Technologies in Education Forum, better known as the CITE Forum, took place at King’s College London. Don’t worry if you weren’t able to make it on the day, this blog should fill you in on all that went on!
Registration was not without its dramas, as we weren’t sure how the snow and harsh weather would affect delegates’ travel! But, we were pleased to find that most delegates had battled through and we could greet them with a hot cup of tea or coffee and a well-earned pastry or two.
CITE Committee member, Monique Ritchie, welcomed the group, valiantly standing in for Sharon Cocker, CITE Chair, who unfortunately was delayed by the weather - but don’t worry, Sharon soon arrived and took over for the rest of the day.
The first speaker of the day was Amy Ellis, Product Manager at Publishers’ Licensing Services (PLS). Amy informed the group about PLS’ increasing interest and move into rights management for publishers, coming up with a number of creative and innovative solutions to improve efficiency. One such solution that Amy introduced was PLSClear, a free-to-use online platform that provides academics, librarians, students and just about anyone, a more streamlined service to request extracts of third-party published content from publishers. Find out more about this service.
At the last CITE meeting, several delegates expressed an interest in hearing from a copyright expert and so we invited Ian Penman, Partner at New Media Law LLP, a firm that specialises in copyright and IP. Ian discussed the issue of Fair Dealing and clarified what is and isn’t fair dealing – for example while research is covered under fair dealing, if the research is funded and the outcomes will be used for commercial gain then it does not apply for fair dealing. Ian also spoke on Blockchain and cryptocurrencies, and their potential to transform access to sources of content, while also providing an easy method to process royalty payments.
Up next were David Duffield and Rhodri Hughes of CLA to talk about the latest updates for the Digital Content Store and what is planned for the New Year. Two of the most recent features in the system, the Student Reader and the Academic Request Form were demoed by Rhodri. In the last CITE meeting, both these features had been discussed as upcoming developments, so it was great to see the final versions live! David then relayed the results of the recent Ideas Survey, revealing that EHESS email notification and an edition checker came out on top as two features that users would like to see developed next.
Another CLA update from James Bennett, Head of Rights and Licensing, came next, as James let everyone know all of our latest licensing news. First, James covered CLA’s recent application to the Government to operate an Extended Collective Licensing (ECL) scheme. This application is currently undergoing public consultation. James also announced that from the 1st January 2018, CLA plans to amend the Higher Education Licence terms to permit scanning and digital copying for Administration purposes, including sharing press cuttings.
The final speaker before lunch was Meghan Mazella from CLA, updating everyone on the rebus:list acquisition. Meghan covered CLA and Kortext’s aims and goals for the redeveloped product, the support system that will be put in place to help current and new customers, and the new KeyLinks brand. More information about the redeveloped product will be available shortly.
After a great lunch, with some truly delightful little cakes, the group reconvened to hear from Marion Kelt, 2017’s winner of the George Pitcher Memorial Award. Marion won this year’s award for her work building the Glasgow Caledonian University’s (GCU) Copyright Advisor. Despondently realising that no one was accessing their Copyright FAQs, Marion and her team created an online system where members of GCU staff can quickly and easily find the answers to the copyright questions they might have. Marion took everyone through a demonstration of the system, highlighting the many different scenarios that the system is built to handle; Marion shared some amusing stories about the requests she had received in the past. It’s clear that the system has done a lot to help GCU and has the potential to help many Copyright Officers in their role – congratulations Marion for your well-deserved win!
The last speakers of the day were Jane Secker, from City University, and Philippa Hatch, from Imperial College London, who were presenting the findings from the recent survey of copyright specialists in libraries and cultural institutions from around the UK. Jane and Philippa revealed some interesting statistics, including that in the UK, a Higher Education Institution is more likely than in any other European country, to have a copyright officer or a similar member of staff dedicated to copyright policy – 75% of UK HEIs currently employ a copyright specialist. The survey also looked into the value of copyright in libraries and cultural institutions, where specialists receive their knowledge, their responsibilities in their role, and how copyright support is provided where there is not a copyright specialist. Two other highlights found in the survey showed that copyright officers in HEIs spent the majority of their time providing advice and support to staff and only 13% of institutions have some form of compulsory copyright training.
Sharon closed the meeting and with that, we all bade our farewells. The Winter Meeting was another fantastic gathering of HE Information Professionals, providing intriguing discussion, the sharing of new ideas, and the chance to catch up with colleagues.
We’d like to thank all of our speakers for their presentations, as well as King’s College London for hosting the event, and especially for putting on such a fantastic lunch.
The CITE Forum will return for another meeting in June 2018!