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Navigating the complex legal landscape of the information professions.

29 June 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Sinead Murphy
New book presents tried and tested 'Compliance Methodology' for organisations seeking to navigate the complex legal landscape of the information professions.

Facet Publishing announce the release of Information Law: Compliance for librarians, information professionals and knowledge managers by Charles Oppenheim, Adrienne Muir and Naomi Korn.

Library, information and knowledge professionals are often at the front line of managing and monitoring their organisation’s legal compliance and have roles and responsibilities in both complying with the law and taking advantage of its provisions. To do their jobs effectively, they need not only to understand the law, but also to develop the skills, confidence and organisational policy frameworks to apply the law’s principles to their context of use. They need the knowledge and skills to help them decide what is acceptable and to develop appropriate risk aware approaches when things are not clear-cut.

Information Law: Compliance for librarians, information professionals and knowledge managers provides an overview of important information law issues along with tools and guidance to help readers establish a framework so that their organisation can comply with its legal responsibilities and support a suitably risk aware environment which optimises access and use. Based on the authors’ many years in professional practice and on their proven ‘Compliance Methodology’, it will help readers understand the legal issues that are central to the information they hold or that they wish to access.

Charles Oppenheim remarked, "At a time when reliable information is more important than ever, it is vital that library, information and knowledge workers understand how the law affects accessing and exploiting such information. Our book provides such understanding."

Noting the book’s suitability for course use, Adrienne Muir said, “There is currently a gap in the market for a text for students of information studies that not only provides an accessible introduction to copyright, freedom of information and data protection, but also demonstrates practical approaches to compliance in the workplace.”

Naomi Korn explained, “The Compliance Methodology is a vital contribution to the development of an organisational framework and cultural awareness which balances legal compliance and proportionate responses to risk. Developed as part of the client services we have offered over the last 20 years, I am thrilled that we can share our approach with librarians, information professionals and knowledge managers to support their essential roles during this turbulent period.”

Charles Oppenheim BSc, PhD, DSc, DipInfSc, CertEd, FCLIP, HonFCLIP, FRSA, AUMIST, FRPSL is Senior Consultant at Naomi Korn Associates, Visiting Professor at Robert Gordon University and is an independent consultant. He has been involved in research, talks and publications on the library and information professions, national information policy, the information industry, Intellectual Property Rights and related legal issues, data protection, bibliometrics, the evaluation of research quality, and scholarly publishing trends.

Adrienne Muir MA, MSc, PhD, PG Dip IT and Telecomms Law, FHEA, MCLIP is Senior Consultant at Naomi Korn Associates. Previously she was Professor of Information Management at Robert Gordon University where she focused on legal and ethical issues relating to digital libraries. Adrienne served as copyright and liaison officer on the eLib ACORN electronic reserve project and was a member of an international study on the impact of copyright law on digital presentation. She has taught legal and ethical issues to students in business studies; computer science; graphic communication; media, information and library studies.

Naomi Korn BA (Hons), MA is the Managing Director of Naomi Korn Associates, the UK’s leading copyright, data protection and legal compliance management consultancy. She developed the ‘Compliance Methodology’ and as Chair of LACA (Libraries and Archives Copyright Alliance) successfully lobbied for changes to UK copyright law. She is a visiting lecturer at University College London, City University and Kingston University and provides training for library and information professionals. Naomi is a CREATe Industry Fellow and a rights specialist on the National Lottery Heritage Fund Advisors Network.

Information Law: Compliance for librarians, information professionals and knowledge managers| Jun 2020 | 224pp | paperback: 9781783303663 | £59.95 | hardback: 9781783303670 | £120 | eBook: 9781783303687

Published: 29 June 2020

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