Copyright

Mandate

The Copyright Committee:

  • Advises the Board on matters of national and international copyright policy and advocacy;
  • Recommends copyright-related policy and advocacy activities for action by the CFLA-FCAB Board and its member associations;
  • Develops and carries out copyright-related policy, education, and advocacy activities as approved by the Board, and;
  • Actively seeks out and identifies to the Board and member associations allies on copyright and related matters in the wider community;
  • Fosters and actively promotes collaboration and alignment on copyright advocacy across its member associations, the Canadian library communities, and other allied organizations.

Responsibilities

The responsibilities of the Copyright Committee include:

  • To engage and liaise with existing committees and working groups within CFLA-FCAB and its member associations in order to maximize the efficacy and impact of copyright advocacy nationally and internationally;
  • To prepare for, and participate in (at the direction of the Board), advocacy directed toward affecting Canada’s federal copyright policy and international copyright positions;
  • With the assistance of the Senior Project Executive and others as required, directed and approved by the Board, to develop and promote positions, strategy, and supporting documentation on copyright policy and advocacy;
  • To review regularly, and confirm or update, CFLA-FCAB copyright and related policy positions and statements;
  • As required, to advise or represent CFLA-FCAB on copyright matters at Canadian forums and at international forums such as WIPO and IFLA;
  • To take the leadership role in instigating, designing, and providing source material for a section of the CFLA-FCAB website to be dedicated to dissemination of CFLA-FCAB copyright advocacy positions, education, and supporting documentation in order to promote and assist the copyright advocacy and information efforts of CFLA-FCAB, its member associations (and their members), and the public.

Procedural Rules

The Copyright Committee reports to the Board of Directors.

Members

The Committee Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary will be elected by the committee members for a term of two years, renewable.  The maximum term for the roles of Committee Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary is four years. Every effort will be made to ensure continuity of this executive by staggering the terms of these officers.

Members are nominated by their member associations and ratified by the Board of Directors.  CFLA-FCAB will invite each member association to nominate or re-nominate its representative(s) to the Committee as necessary.  Appointments will be made for two-year terms, renewable, with renewals staggered across two year periods (to ensure continuity).

Secretariat Support

The CARL Office will provide Committee secretariat support.

Meetings

The committee will normally meet monthly between September and June, with additional meetings scheduled as required.

Minutes

The Committee Secretary will keep and circulate a record of decisions.  Circulation will include all members of the Committee, the Senior Project Executive, the CARL office, and the Chair of the CFLA-FCAB Board of Directors. Members of the Committee may circulate these materials to the Executive of the member associations which nominated them.

Recommendations and Reports

The Committee Chair will submit recommendations and reports in writing to the CFLA-FCAB Board of Directors as directed by the Board.

The Copyright Committee Chair, or another representative designated by the Committee, will be invited to attend and speak at any Board session or Annual Meeting during which recommendations, reports, or other information from or related to this Committee are scheduled to be discussed.

Current Committee Members

Jeannie Bail (University of New Brunswick)
Donna Bourne-Tyson (Canadian Association of Research Libraries)
Camille Callison (University of Manitoba)
Christina de Castell (Vancouver Public Library)
Raphaella Dixon (Lester B. Pearson School Board)
Patrick Gamsby (Memorial University of Newfoundland)
Susan Haigh (Canadian Association of Research Libraries)
Shely Henry (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology)
Alexandra Kohn (McGill University)
Nancy Marrelli (Concordia University)
Ebony Novakowski (University of Winnipeg)
Victoria Owen, Chair (University of Toronto Scarborough)
Ann Smith (Acadia University)
Paul Takala (Canadian Urban Library Council)
David Taylor (Simon Fraser University)
Robert Tiessen (University of Calgary)
John Tooth (University of Winnipeg)
Martha Whitehead (Canadian Association of Research Libraries)
Mary-Ann Wilkinson (Western University)
Christina Winter (University of Regina)

Katherine McColgan, Executive Director (ex-officio)

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