Copyright Education Initiative

Kraemer Copyright Conference

June 5-6, 2017 | University of Colorado Colorado Springs

About the Kraemer Copyright Conference

The Kraemer Copyright Conference is a free conference that offers public, academic, special, and school librarians the opportunity to learn about U.S. Copyright Law and how it impacts the services we offer our patrons. Conference participants will develop a better understanding of the law and learn how to balance the rights of authors and creators with the needs of our library users. The 2017 conference theme is Copyright Collaborations: Education, Advocacy, and Creation. 

Featured Speakers

Kenneth Crews

Kenneth D. Crews

Kenneth D. Crews is an attorney, author, professor, and international copyright consultant. For over 25 years, his research, policymaking, and teaching have centered on copyright issues related to education and research. Professor Crews established and directed the nation's first university-based copyright office at Indiana University.  He was the first recipient of the Patterson Copyright Award from the American Library Association, and he received the Mark T. Banner Award from the American Bar Association in 2014. He is the author of numerous publications including the book, Copyright Law for Librarians and Educators (3rd ed, 2012).

Kyle Courtney

Kyle Courtney

Kyle Courtney is an attorney and the first Copyright Advisor out of the Office for Scholarly Communication at Harvard University. Kyle holds a J.D. with distinction in Intellectual Property Law and his practice consults with libraries, higher education, non-profit groups, and specialized archives over copyright law. Kyle has worked as the Copyright and Information Policy Advisor for HarvardX, founded the first Harvard Copyright Working Group, started the "Copyright First Responders" profiled in Library Journal in 2013, was named a National Academic Library Mover & Shaker in 2015, found Fair Use Week which is now an international celebration, and was awarded a grant to develop a web-based "Fair Use and Copyright Tool". He is a nationally recognized speaker and a published author and writes a monthly column on research methods for Massachusetts Lawyer's Weekly.  His most recent work includes a chapter on copyright law in the work University Libraries in the Digital Era.

Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith  became the Dean of Libraries at the University of Kansas in May 2016, after 10 years as Director of Copyright and Scholarly Communications at the Duke University Libraries.  As both a librarian and a lawyer specializing in intellectual property issues, Smith's role at Duke was to advise faculty, staff, and students about the impact of copyright, licensing, and the changing nature of scholarly publishing on higher education.  Prior to that, Smith was director of the Pilgrim Library at Defiance College in Ohio, where he also taught constitutional law.  His teaching experience is various, having taught courses in theology, law, and library science.  Smith is the author of numerous articles on the impact of copyright law and the internet on scholarly research as well as libraries' role in the academy.  He has been a highly regarded blogger on these issues for many years, and in 2013 published Owning and Using Scholarship: An IP Handbook for Teachers and Researchers with the Association of College and Research Libraries. Smith holds a B.A. from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., an M.A. from Yale Divinity School, an M.L.S. from Kent State University, and a J.D. from Capital University.  He did doctoral work in theology and literature at the University of Chicago. Smith has been admitted to the bar in Ohio and North Carolina.

Carrie Russell

Carrie Russell

Carrie Russell is the Director for the Program on Public Access to Information for the American Library Association's Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP). She has worked for OITP since 1999, where she expanded into the areas of international copyright, accessibility, and e-books. Carrie was the recipient of the 2001 ALA Staff Achievement Award, and the 2013 ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Award for Best Book in Library Literature for Copyright: An Everyday Guide for K-12 Librarians and Educators. She also authored Complete Copyright: An Everyday Guide for Librarians, now in its second edition. Carrie has a Masters in Library and Information Science (MLIS) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Master of Arts (media arts with an emphasis on the political economy of information) from the University of Arizona.  

Jon Tandler

Jon Tandler

Jon Tandler is a Member of Sherman & Howard L.L.C., Denver, Colorado, and practices intellectual property, publishing, information technology and business law.  He represents entrepreneurs, established companies and institutions on matters for managing and monetizing intellectual property and information technology assets.  Jon's publishing practice emphasizes copyright and literary law, and rights, contracts, transactional and regulatory matters.  He represents publishers, packagers, associations, agencies and authors in several publishing genres.  Jon has been specializing in his fields of practice for over twenty-five years, and teaches about them for educational institutions, trade associations and continuing legal education.  Jon's email is jtandler@shermanhoward.com.

Conference Sponsors

Through the generous support these sponsors, we are able to continue to make conference registration free to all participants.