Copyright Literacy in the UK: a survey of librarians and other cultural heritage sector professionals


  • Chris Morrison University of Kent
  • Jane Secker London School of Economics and Political Science



copyright, digital literacy, survey, copyright literacy


Based on a survey of UK library and information professionals and those who work in the cultural heritage sector, carried out in December 2014, this research sought to examine the levels of copyright ‘literacy’. The survey aimed to obtain responses from all sectors, however most responses were received from academic libraries. The research examined their knowledge of national and international copyright issues as well as copyright policies at an institutional level. The survey also explored the need for copyright education for new and existing professionals and suggested topics for inclusion in training activities. The findings suggest that levels of knowledge amongst UK professionals are higher than those in other countries who participated in the first phase of the project. UK institutions are also more likely to have a copyright policy and an individual with responsibility for copyright. The results should be of interest to library managers, library educators and those with responsibility for staff training.

Author Biographies

Chris Morrison, University of Kent

Copyright and Licensing Compliance Officer

Jane Secker, London School of Economics and Political Science

Copyright and Digital Literacy Advisor





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