INTRODUCTION For most individuals, intellectual property (IP) is a mysterious legal topic that they believe only lawyers understand. As an overview and primer to IP, this chapter introduces IP creators and consumers and how the concept of IP relates to the cre- ator’s rights in relation to the consumer’s use of IP. In your role as an information CHAPTER OBJECTIVES To identify librarians’ and information professionals’ intellectual property (IP) custom- ers, namely, creators (authors or inventors) and consumers (users) •• To define IP and information rights To demonstrate the differences between all types of IP: copyrights, patents, trade- marks, and alternative IPs To define IP information literacy and to understand how it is tied to the curriculum or outreach of our library colleagues and customers To instill a sense of responsibility as a professional to stay current with IP and informa- tion rights To recognize outreach opportunities for your library, such as IP awareness and informa- tion literacy for your customers To understand how technological advancements have led to the increased need for awareness of IP laws Chapter 1 INFORMATION LITERACY OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (IP) AND INFORMATION RIGHTS
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