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Information professionals and copyright literacy: a multinational study

Tania Yordanova Todorova (Department of Library Management, State University of Library Studies and Information Technologies, Sofia, Bulgaria)
Serap Kurbanoglu (Department of Information Management, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey)
Joumana Boustany (Department of Information and Communication, Université Paris Descartes, Paris, France)
Güleda Dogan (Department of Information Management, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey)
Laura Saunders (School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts, USA)
Aleksandra Horvat (Department of Information and Communication Sciences, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia)
Ana Lúcia Terra (Porto Accounting and Business School, Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Porto, Portugal)
Ane Landøy (Department of Library, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway)
Angela Repanovici (Faculty of Product Design and Environment, Transilvania University of Brasov, Brasov, Romania)
Chris Morrison (Department of Information Services, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK)
Egbert J. Sanchez Vanderkast (Research Institute for Library and Information Studies, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico)
Jane Secker (Department of Learning Technology and Innovation, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK)
Jurgita Rudzioniene (Institute of Library and Information Science, Faculty of Communication, University of Vilnius, Vilnius, Lithuania)
Terttu Kortelainen (Faculty of Humanities/Information Studies, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland)
Tibor Koltay (Institute of Learning Technologies, Eszterházy Károly University, Jászberény, Hungary)

Library Management

ISSN: 0143-5124

Article publication date: 15 August 2017




The purpose of this paper is to present findings from a multinational survey on copyright literacy of specialists from libraries and other cultural institutions.


This paper is based on a multinational survey of copyright literacy competencies of Library and Information Science (LIS) professionals and those who work in the cultural heritage sector (archives and museums), conducted in 13 countries, namely Bulgaria (BG), Croatia (CR), Finland (FI), France (FR), Hungary (HU), Lithuania (LT), Mexico (MX), Norway (NO), Portugal (PT), Romania (RO), Turkey (TR), UK and USA in the period July 2013-March 2015. An online survey instrument was developed in order to collect data from professionals regarding their familiarity with, knowledge and awareness of, and opinions on copyright-related issues.


Findings of this study highlight gaps in existing knowledge of copyright, and information about the level of copyright literacy of LIS and cultural sector professionals. Also attitudes toward copyright learning content in academic education and continuing professional development training programs are investigated.


This study aimed to address a gap in the literature by encompassing specialists from the cultural institutions in an international comparative context. The paper offers guidance for further understanding of copyright in a wider framework of digital and information literacy; and for the implementation of copyright policy, and the establishment of copyright advisor positions in cultural institutions. The recommendations support a revision of academic and continuing education programs learning curriculum and methods.



The comparative multinational study is a part of research project with international participation “Copyright Policies of libraries and other cultural institutions” (2012-2014), (financed by National Science Fund of the Bulgarian Ministry of Education, Youth and Science, Contract No DFNI-К01/0002-21.11.2012).


Todorova, T.Y., Kurbanoglu, S., Boustany, J., Dogan, G., Saunders, L., Horvat, A., Terra, A.L., Landøy, A., Repanovici, A., Morrison, C., Vanderkast, E.J.S., Secker, J., Rudzioniene, J., Kortelainen, T. and Koltay, T. (2017), "Information professionals and copyright literacy: a multinational study", Library Management, Vol. 38 No. 6/7, pp. 323-344.



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