Information Law

May 2020 | 224pp

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Information Law
Compliance for librarians, knowledge managers and information professionals

Charles Oppenheim, Adrienne Muir and Naomi Korn

Library staff, information managers, academics, learning technologists, researchers and other practitioners who collect, use, create, share or provide access to published and unpublished resources, such as content, data, databases, personal data and software, need to be aware of the legal and licensing issues that might arise from these activities. This new, fully up-to-date guide will adopt a practical hands-on approach to this complex area, which is viewed from both an operational and strategic perspective.

The issue of information law compliance is more crucial now than ever with the new, more stringent adoption of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) provisions across the Europe Union. It’s not just about what data you handle, but why you have it, where it is held, and who you are sharing it with. It is therefore a vital component of digital literacy.

Information Law: Compliance for librarians, knowledge managers and information professionals is based on a Compliance Model developed by Naomi Korn, which has been implemented across many parts of the UK’s public sector. The model is presented here as an approach to information law compliance which can be applied across any organization in order to instigate compliant-aware cultures.

The book includes case studies flow charts, sample contractual clauses and model licences, top tips and checklists. There is also a Glossary of Terms, an annotated guide to further reading, and useful contact lists.

Readership: The book will be of interest to library and information managers and knowledge managers (academic, special, public, and national). It will also appeal to academics, learning technologists, researchers and other practitioners who use or provide access to digitised published and unpublished materials. In addition, the book will be of use to students and those who teach them in LIS and archival studies.  

1. Copyright, Database Rights, Freedom of Info & GDPR/DP

2. Before you start: Knowing what you have 

3. Governance 

4. Policies

5. Procedures 

6. Tools and templates 

7. Systems 

8. Awareness and Engagement 

9. Final Remarks

Charles Oppenheim, Independent Author, Speaker and Consultant

Adrienne Muir, Professor of Information Management at Robert Gordon University

Naomi Korn, Founder and Managing Director, NKCC


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