The following article was published today by the Journal of Copyright in Education and Librarianship.
University of Regina
Queen’s University/Canadian Association of Research Libraries< Victoria Owen University of Toronto
Ryerson University, Toronto
University of Winnipeg
University of Calgary
Journal of Copyright in Education and Librarianship
Volume 5, Issue 1
The COVID-19 pandemic forced libraries to unexpectedly and suddenly close their physical locations, necessitating a remote working environment and a greater reliance on digital and virtual services. While libraries were in a better position than most sectors due to decades of experience in licensing and acquiring digital content and offering virtual services such as chat reference, there still were some services and resources that traditionally had only been offered in a face-to-face environment, or were available in print only. There were questions in the Canadian library community about how, and if these programs could be delivered online and comply with Canadian copyright law. This article will describe the access and copyright challenges that Canadian libraries faced during the first nine months of the pandemic and will outline the collaborative efforts of the Canadian library copyright community to respond to these challenges.
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