PREFACE Teaching intellectual property (IP) and information rights is a proactive way to guide students and novice information users to be IP literate and to understand the vast range of IP issues. Comprehending IP is critical in today’s world in order to negotiate the challenges associated with all kinds of IP. This book explores IP mat- ters for today’s information and communication students and professionals. The primary purpose of this book is to meet the growing need for librarians and spe- cialists at libraries to learn more about IP as related to their work responsibilities, as well as to teach IP to their colleagues and customers. This book also provides ancil- lary support for professionals in information- or communication-based careers. The ensuing chapters of this volume present copyrights, patents, trademarks, and other related rights, in relation to IP creators and consumers, including real-world scenarios and best practices. The first part of the book covers the legal and ethical aspects of IP and related rights, while the second part offers specific information associated with different types of libraries or information centers, as well as IP connected with information access and distribution. The content of this book con- tributes to three primary outcomes (goals) for its readers: 1. To develop an awareness of IP and information rights 2. To apply IP to work in libraries, archives, and other professional information and communication environments and 3. To encourage information professionals to pursue continuing education and to stay current with IP and information rights to support library workflow and customer outreach. This book is one of the few comprehensive publications to address all types of IP for use by library professionals and customers. Information literacy (IL) is primarily a set of practical skills required for researchers to recognize the need
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