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Faculty Information Guide

A guide to services and support provided by the Patrick Power Library for Faculty at Saint Mary's University

Copyright (420-5174 / 420-6321)

Faculty members are responsible for observing Canadian copyright regulations. The Copyright Act has been amended and modernized in recent years. These amendments provide educational institutions with broader rights to access, make and distribute content to students both in the classroom and via the online Learning Management System (LMS). Additionally, there is a University wide Copyright Advisory Committee, chaired by the University Librarian and composed of members from all faculties and several operational units of the University. The Mandate of the Committee is to monitor and address legislative, implementation, and interpretive issues around copyright that affect the use of information resources by students, faculty and staff at Saint Mary’s University. The Committee brings together all units with related responsibilities to ensure that the institutional approach to copyright is a coordinated one.  It reports to the Vice President Academic and Research.

There is a University wide Copyright Advisory Committee, chaired by the University Librarian and composed of members from all faculties and several operational units of the University. The Mandate of the Committee is to monitor and address legislative, implementation, and interpretive issues around copyright that affect the use of information resources by students, faculty and staff at Saint Mary’s University. The Committee brings together all units with related responsibilities to ensure that the institutional approach to copyright is a coordinated one.  It reports to the Vice President Academic and Research.

An extensive web based Copyright Guide, developed to offer guidance about acceptable use of copyright protected materials, can be found at http://libguides.smu.ca/copyright-faculty. The Guide provides detailed information on a variety of areas.  These details include fair dealing, screening material in class, photocopying, open educational resources, processes for seeking permission, frequently asked questions in regard to the use of copyrighted material, as well as up-to-date news and legislation sources related to copyright.

The University is committed to ensuring that faculty and students have access to the educational content required for teaching and research within the context of copyright legislation. The Copyright Advisory Committee, the Access Copyright License, University licensing agreements and the online copyright subject guide are all in place to ensure continued access to these important resources as well as to support faculty in scholarly research while remaining copyright compliant.

As noted above, faculty members are responsible for observing Canadian copyright regulations. The Copyright Office can offer assistance such as answering copyright questions, acquiring permissions, or guidance on providing content to students /class. To request an information session, ask a question, or request more information on copyright, please contact: Suzanne van den Hoogen, University Librarian/Copyright Officer (suzanne.vandenHoogen@smu.ca@smu.ca / 420-5532), Amy Lorencz, Metadata and Copyright Librarian (amy.lorencz@smu.ca / 420-5174), or Patricia  Langille, Copyright Assistant (patricia.langille@smu.ca / 491-6321).

Please also see the Copyright Guide at http://libguides.smu.ca/copyright-faculty.

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Linking to E-Books & Articles

The Copyright Guide for Faculty and Staff has details about "linking in Brightspace to a licensed article, e-book or legitimate web resource."

Please see the section, Copyright in the Classroom for more information.

For details on how to link from specific resources, such as a licensed electronic database, please see this section of the Copyright Guide: Persistent Links & Stable URLs.

Instructions include how to prefix a login code to URLs, to ensure off campus access. (http://library.smu.ca:2048/login?url=)

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Open Access & Open Textbooks

Please see the Open Access Guide

Please see the Open Textbooks Guide

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