Copyright literacy


You are invited to participate in an research study about levels of copyright literacy among Canadian university faculty members. The study is being conducted by Lisa Di Valentino, Ph.D. candidate, Faculty of Information and Media Studies, University of Western Ontario.

Individuals who teach university-level (undergraduate or graduate) courses and who are responsible for assigning readings and other materials to students in a course are eligible to participate in this study. Both full-time and limited-duty faculty are included. The survey is in English.

The purpose of this survey is to study faculty awareness with regard to Canadian copyright law and how it affects their ability to teach, their perception of who is primarily responsible for ensuring adherence to the law, and their own practices related to copyright compliance.

Insights gained from the survey will be used in a larger project aiming to develop best practices for copyright compliance management in colleges and universities.

If you agree to participate, you will be asked to complete an online survey comprising 20 or fewer questions. It is anticipated that the entire task will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. All data collected will remain confidential and accessible only to the investigators of this study.

There are no known or anticipated risks or discomforts associated with participating in this study. You will not be compensated for your participation in this research.

Participation in this survey is voluntary. Completion of the survey is indication of your consent to participate in this study. You may refuse to participate or withdraw from the survey at any time by closing the browser window.

The principal investigator for this project is Dr. Samuel E. Trosow 519-661-2111 x88498, e-mail: [email protected].

If you have any questions about the content or purpose of the survey, you may contact Lisa Di Valentino 519-615-9126, email: [email protected].

If you have any questions about your rights as a research participant or the conduct of this study, you may contact The Office of Research Ethics 519-661-3036, email: [email protected].

To participate, please click the following link, or copy and paste into your browser:

The survey will be open until November 12, 2014, 11:59pm EST.

Thank you,

Lisa Di Valentino, MA, MLIS, JD
PhD candidate, Library and Information Science
The University of Western Ontario
[email protected]

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