Director of Copyright Services

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Created: April 30, 2015


Cornell University Library seeks a Director of Copyright Services who will lead a program of assistance, consultancy, training, and advocacy to promote effective sharing and use of scholarly resources, including issues such as fair use, open access, author's rights, and Creative Commons licensing.

The target audience for this program is the broad Cornell community, including faculty, staff, and students. The position will be reporting to the AUL for collections, digital scholarship, and preservation services. The incumbent will collaborate with a range of constituencies, including liaison librarians, selectors, and acquisition staff in understanding service and policy development needs in the program area and serve as liaison to the Office of University Counsel on legal-related issues.   This position is expected to be 50% to 75% of full-time equivalent.

  • Respond to questions related to fair use, open access, author's rights, and Creative Commons licensing from faculty, staff, and students – provide referrals as needed
  • In conjunction with the Counsel’s Office, educate the Cornell community about copyright issues through the Cornell Copyright Information website, workshops, and other outreach strategies
  • Manage Cornell’s copyright website at
  • Draft and review policies, contracts, and license agreements for digital resources, repositories, and various user services such as reserves with an eye towards use rights in a range of settings
  • Coordinate library policy initiatives in related areas such as privacy, publishing contracts, donor relations, and legislative initiatives
  • Participate in national and international efforts to improve the legal environment for libraries and archives
  • Monitor and stay current on requirements for open access deposit and collaborate with other library staff in related service areas to develop policies and procedures to support researchers in meeting these requirements
  • Partner on the development of Open Access strategies for the Cornell community, and monitor new policy developments (legislation, executive orders, etc.)

  • ALA-accredited Master's degree in Library or Info Science, or equivalent degree
  • Demonstrated knowledge of copyright policies & intellectual property issues in support of creation, dissemination and re-purposing of scholarly content (including open access, fair use, authors' rights and scholarly use of intellectual property)
  • Minimum three years of relevant exp. in an academic institution in the provision of related services
  • Familiarity with federal/state laws and regulations as they pertain to intellectual property and copyright
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively articulate/communicare complex legal and policy concepts
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Familarity with info technologies/systems, and awareness of issues surrounding scholarly communication across a variety of disciplines
  • JD or other formal training/experience in intellectual property law desirable.

The Cornell University Library (CUL) stands at the center of intellectual life at the university, fostering connections and knowledge that help faculty, students, and researchers from around the world excel in research, scholarship and creative expression. It supports and enhances faculty and student productivity through its extensive collections, cutting-edge services and facilities, and a deep network of digital resources. Its impact reaches beyond campus boundaries with initiatives that extend the university’s land grant mission to a global focus.

Comprehensive benefits package including 22 vacation days, 11 paid holidays, health insurance, life insurance, and university retirement contributions (TIAA-CREF and other options), as well as exceptional work/life support programs. Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

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