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Complications in the Library:  Navigating Intellectual Property and Social Justice

Complications in the Library: Navigating Intellectual Property and Social Justice

Libraries collect, display, and distribute a wide variety of content, as allowed under United States law, particularly copyright law, every day. Many of these same institutions are incorporating equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives in their strategic plans and value statements. Increasingly, they are adding accessibility and social justice. With the inclusion of social justice, some long time collecting practices are facing scrutiny.  Many librarians are thinking about how to manage intellectual property and cultural artifacts taken from indigenous or marginalized communities or materials created under troubling/outdated practices. Some content may have been unscrupulously acquired while some may have a lawful provenance. Nonetheless, should any of it remain in the library? If so, why and how? How do libraries embrace social justice while being stewards of material that may be troubling or problematic? Join this webinar for a conversation about these complicated items in the library and how we move forward.

Speaker Bio:

Sandra Aya Enimil is the Copyright Services Librarian and Head of Copyright Services at The Ohio State University Libraries. At Ohio State, Sandra provides information and resources on using copyrighted materials and assists creators in protecting their own copyright. Sandra works with individuals and departments within the Libraries and across campus. She works closely with colleagues in various academic units, Legal Affairs, and the Libraries’ Special Collections and Digitization& Reformatting departments to name a few. She has also given numerous presentations on various aspects of copyright for faculty and staff at Ohio State and several other institutions. Sandra is committed to diversity, inclusion, and social justice. She serves as the co-Chair of the IDEAS Committee and co-Leader of the EDI@OSUL initiative at the University Libraries.

Prior to joining Ohio State, Sandra was the Archives/Copyright Manager of the Chicago Defender Newspaper. Sandra earned her Law and Masters of Library and Information Science degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Sandra has Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Psychology from the University of Michigan and a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Ghana.


Thursday, November 21, 2019
11:00am - 12:00pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
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