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In order of appearance:


Writing for Publication (Teleconference)

Habits of Highly Successful Librarians (Teleconference)

Managing Copyright Issues (Online)

Digital Content Management NEW this Fall! (Online)



Writing for Publication

Wednesday, November 9, 2005

1:00 - 2:30 pm EST

Rachel Singer Gordon, founder of and author

Member: $77.00 Non-member: $97.00


As both an author and an editor, Rachel Singer Gordon has a unique perspective on writing for publication in the library environment. Writing for Publication covers the main steps involved in writing and preparing your work for publication, including: finding an idea, actually doing the work, and submitting work and getting it published. Along the way, find tips on building self-confidence as a writer, handling rejection, figuring out where to start, and integrating writing with a career and other professional development activities. Writing for Publication also addresses common questions, such as: "Do I have anything to say to the profession?" "Where will I find the time to write?" and "Why should I write if I'm not required to for tenure?" We all have the ability to add our voices to the ongoing conversation that comprises our professional literature; find some ways to get started.


Rachel Singer Gordon is the former Head of Computer Services at the Franklin Park Public Library in Illinois. She is the founder and webmaster of the library career site, from which she also publishes the career development e-newsletter Info Career Trends and co-authors Beyond the Job (, a professional development weblog for librarians. Since 2002, she has been the "Computer Media" review columnist for Library Journal; she is also a frequent contributor to LJ's "NextGen" column and the author of Emerald's "Publish, Don't Perish" Library Link column. Her published work includes The Librarian's Guide To Writing for Publication (Scarecrow, 2004), The Accidental Library Manager (Information Today, 2005), and The Nextgen Librarian's Survival Guide (Information Today, forthcoming). Rachel holds an MLIS from Dominican University and an MA from Northwestern University.


Habits of Highly Successful Librarians

Thursday, November 10, 2005

12:00 - 1:00 pm EST

Maureen Sawa, Director of Public Service and Community Development, Hamilton Public Library

Member: $55.00 Non-member: $75.00


Are you an effective librarian? Are you sure? Libraries are changing to meet user needs and assume new roles. So also are librarians faced with the prospect of ‘re-inventing themselves’ to adjust and adapt to their changing environments by building new areas of expertise. To be successful, librarians must reconsider traditional core competencies and identify the skills, attitudes and values that enable us to work effectively and develop new service opportunities.


Perfect for both newcomers to the field or experienced librarians who want to invigorate their current practices, this talk looks at the key issues affecting libraries and librarians and focuses on the personal and professional competencies that librarians must develop. Through fascinating statistics, anecdotes and practical tips, including the instructor’s own ’12 Habits of Highly Successful Information Specialists’, this presentation offers compelling arguments for adopting forward-looking habits to increase professional success and personal satisfaction.


Maureen Sawa is Director of Public Service and Community Development at Hamilton Public Library. She is also the co-author of Car Smarts: Hot Tips for the Car Crazy and author of The Library Book: From Camels to Computers (forthcoming). Maureen has a Bachelor of Music from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Master of Information Studies from FIS at the University of Toronto.



Online courses starting in November:


Managing Copyright Issues Nov. 7-Dec. 9 (5 weeks, 16 e-lessons)

Members $143 (*regular price $159, but non-members are advised to contact CLA for instructions prior to registering.)


Who in my enterprise is responsible for being copyright compliance? How do we obtain permission to use copyright-protected materials? How do we audit our enterprise's own copyright-protected assets? How do we begin to develop a written copyright policy? If you are struggling with managing copyright issues in your enterprise, and finding ways to ensure you are compliant with the copyright laws of your country, this is the course for you.


Just register, then sit back and relax....two - three times a week, you will receive e-lessons for a total of 5 weeks and 16 e-lessons. Just to make sure you pay attention to these e-lessons, a quiz testing your knowledge for that particular e-lesson is included at the end of each lesson.

This online course is part of a series of 6 online courses on copyright, licensing and managing digital content. Information on all of the courses are at:



1. Why manage your copyright issues?

General Management Issues

2. Centralizing copyright

3. Understanding copyright principles

4. Copyright in the global context

5. Copyright law and digital media

6. Valuing copyright

Using Copyright-Protected Materials

7. Permissions procedures

8. Copyright risk management


9. Negotiating permissions and licenses

10. Your licensing policy

Protecting Copyrights

11. Auditing your copyright assets

12. Protecting copyright works

Advanced Management Issues

13. Other legal issues

14. Developing your written copyright policy

15. Ongoing copyright education

16. Managing copyright checklist



Digital Content Management  Nov. 7-Dec. 9 (5 weeks, 16 e-lessons)

Member $166 (*regular price $184 but non-members are advised to contact CLA for instructions prior to registering) Announces a New Online Course

Digital Content Management: Compliance in the Digital Age


The use of digital content in enterprises, governments and institutions is exploding. But who is managing that content? And what are the rules? Can I republish licensed content? Or post it on our Web site? Can I store it, and forward it to others? Can I save digital content in our enterprise's database?

Over the past few years, most enterprises have established procedures for managing computer software to ensure compliance with software licenses and copyright law. These same enterprises are now uncertain of the rules for managing digital content. Such management involves legal, strategic, policy and practical considerations.

This online course is designed to provide clarity in managing digital content today and into the future. Just register, then sit back and relax....the e-lessons will arrive in your inbox. No passwords to remember or Web sites to visit to obtain the e-lessons. Just to make sure you pay attention to these e-lessons, a quiz testing your knowledge for that particular e-lesson is included in each lesson. One of the most valuable parts of this course is its exclusive moderated listserv where you can discuss the course's issues and your particular questions with the other participants.


Who should take this course: anyone who licenses, acquires, or uses digital copyright-protected materials that are 'owned' by others. It is aimed at: CIOs, CKOs, CTOs, knowledge/Intranet/Internet/document/content/IP managers, Information/knowledge architects, IS/IT professionals, information professionals, human resource professionals and educators. Because the use of digital content is a global issue, this course is intended for a global audience.


The course is developed by author, speaker and copyright lawyer, Lesley Ellen Harris. It is divided into 5 sections:



What is Digital Content, and What Does Managing Content Mean?


The Interplay Between Copyright Law and Digital Content

Specific Digital Copyright Issues

The Relevancy of International Copyright Law

The Interplay Between Copyright Law and

Technology (e.g., Digital Rights Management)


What are 'Digital Rights' or 'E-Rights'?

How to License Digital Content

Learning to Negotiate Licenses

Licensing Content: Specific Clauses

Licensing Content: Standard Clauses

Developing a Written Licensing Strategy Policy


Monitoring Legal and Illegal Uses of Licensed Digital Content

What to Do If You Are Accused of Infringing Copyright

How to Avoid Copyright Infringements by Your Corporation and End Users


Organizing your Digital Content

Planning for the Future of Digital Content


This course complements 5 other online courses: U.S. Copyright Law; Canadian Copyright Law; Digital Licensing Online; Managing Copyright Issues, and International Copyright Law. See: or  


Instructor: Lesley Ellen Harris of is a Copyright, Licensing and E-commerce Lawyer/Consultant who works on legal, business and strategic issues in the publishing, content, entertainment, Internet and information industries. Lesley's clients range from individuals to governments, associations, unions and corporations. She also works with libraries, archives, museums and educational institutions. Lesley began her career in copyright in 1984 working with a lobbying group interested in revising Canada's copyright laws. From 1987-1991, Lesley was Senior Copyright Officer with the Canadian government where she helped revise the country's copyright laws. Since 1991, Lesley has been self-employed consulting with clients on Canadian, U.S. and international issues. Lesley now maintains a virtual office using the Internet for everything from communicating with clients and sending documents to Web-invoicing. In fact, you are likely to get a quicker response from an e-mail to Lesley than from a telephone call. Lesley's articles and papers are published internationally and she is the author of the books Canadian Copyright Law (3rd ed. 2001) and Digital Property: Currency of the 21st Century (1997), both of which are published by McGraw-Hill, and Digital Licensing: A Practical Guide for Librarians (2002). In addition, Lesley is the editor of The Copyright & New Media Law Newsletter: For Libraries, Archives & Museums. Lesley began this Newsletter in 1997 and it now has subscribers from over twenty countries. In 2000, Lesley has prepared a series of four electronic reports on e-commerce for libraries, archives and museums, entitled the E-LAM Reports.



Registration forms are available at




More information is available at or by contacting:



Lisa Twardowska BA MLIS, Continuing Professional Development Officer, Canadian Library Association

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