Copyright Literacy in the UK: Results from a Survey of Library and Information Professionals

  • Jane Secker
  • Chris Morrison
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 552)


Reports on a survey of ‘copyright literacy’ amongst over 600 UK librarians and related professionals. The study followed reform of UK copyright legislation in 2014. It aimed to provide comparative data to other countries participating in the survey. Bulgaria, Croatia, France and Turkey have to date presented data. Ten countries participated in the second data collection phase. Findings suggest that levels of copyright literacy amongst UK librarians is relatively high, however respondents wanted more education and training. Approximately two thirds of institutions had a copyright policy and a named individual dealing with copyright queries. Almost all respondents believed copyright should be included in the professional training and education of librarians. The findings suggest copyright literacy levels in the UK compare favourably to other countries. However there is a need to increase confidence and knowledge of copyright issues in the sector. Further qualitative research is recommended.


Copyright Digital literacy UK Continuing professional development Copyright literacy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.London School of Economics and Political ScienceLondonUK
  2. 2.University of KentCanterburyUK

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