As the COVID-19 pandemic seems to relentlessly continue, public and academic libraries and their campuses continue serving virtually. Many libraries have been struggling with the legalities of library lending and providing their patrons with access to digital materials as they are unable to access print materials in person.

In this informative presentation, copyright librarian Sara Benson from the University of Illinois library will guide us through the legal options that we have for library lending during COVID-19.

As a result of this program attendees will learn:
• Copyright basics
• How the right of First Sale impacts library lending
• How fair use impacts controlled digital lending
• How to avoid imposing CONTU guidelines on inter-library lending


Original broadcast April 20, 2021 

Presenter ~ Sara Benson
Sara Benson is the Copyright Librarian and an Assistant Professor in the Scholarly Communication and Publishing Unit at the University of Illinois Library. She holds a JD from the University of Houston Law Center, an LLM from Boalt Hall School of Law at Berkeley, and an MSLIS from the School of Information Science at the University of Illinois. Prior to joining the Library, Sara was a Lecturer at the University of Illinois College of Law for ten years.

Sara is the host of the Podcast ©hat (“Copyright Chat”) available on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/hat/id1228231003?mt=2 and editor of the best selling ACRL book titled “Copyright Conversations: Rights Literacy in a Digital World.”