A major part of a copyright librarian's role is to help individuals and groups throughout the university community understand how copyright may affect their work and to negotiate licenses for materials for the university collection that have the required permissions. In some cases, the copyright librarian responsibilities are in addition to other regular librarian functions, including bibliographic instruction, collection development, reference, and liaising with other departments within the organization being supported. They are also mandated with monitoring, reporting, and explaining legislative and international copyright and information policy developments that affect the library and its programs, services, or mission, and advising the university on copyright policy development that might affect its academic programs. Using workshops, customized presentations, consultations, copyright permissions requests assistance, information on how to register a copyright, and referral to relevant resources, the staff librarians ensure that faculty and students are kept up-to-date on copyright issues that would affect their research or published works.
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