About the Project

Funded by a Library Services and Technology Act grant administered by the Illinois State Library, this project is designed to establish a copyright education and consultation program.  This program will provide authoritative copyright information directly to faculty, instructors, and researchers so that they can make the most effective use of information resources in student learning and knowledge creation activities.  The program will also provide information that will help faculty and researchers to more effectively control their own intellectual property.

Goals: The project goals are as follows:

  • Increase knowledge of copyright to improve confidence in making decisions about using copyrighted materials for instruction, presentations, and publication.
  • Increase the ability of instructors to use a wider variety of resources in instruction and publication while ensuring proper use of copyrighted materials.
  • Increase knowledge of intellectual property rights and how to retain desired rights when publishing.
  • Increase the number of faculty and researchers who negotiate to retain rights related to their own work.
  • Provide an easy-to-use source for copyright information by designing and implementing a sustainable, authoritative program for user education and consultation.
  • Provide information resources to instructors, faculty, and researchers so that they can retain the copyrights of their own intellectual property while making their materials available for teaching.

Year One Objectives: The work plan for the first year has these objectives:

  • Design a scalable project that meets the copyright information needs of faculty, researchers, and instructors at the participating institutions and can be expanded to all state-supported universities (CODSULI).
  • Deliver copyright information via online resources, training programs, and a consultation service.
  • Collect and analyze data to use to predict training and consultation demands during project year two.


Year One Participating Institutions: University of Illinois (Urbana, Chicago, and Springfield), Northern Illinois University, and Southern Illinois University

About Us

Lisa Hinchliffe, Principal Investigator

Lisa HinchliffeLisa Janicke Hinchliffe is an Associate Professor and the Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Information literacy services and instruction is a set of programs and initiatives to educate faculty, students, and staff in the skills and abilities needed to seek, find, use, and evaluate information. In her position, Lisa is responsible for coordinating the educational programs throughout the multi-library campus system and collaborating with campus offices on issues related to student learning and development, faculty support, and educational programs. She is widely published and an internationally sought after speaker on the topics of information literacy, student learning, instructional design, assessment and evaluation, and the value of academic libraries. Lisa has a BA in Philosophy from the University of St. Thomas as well as an MS in Library and Information Science and an EdM in Educational Psychology from Illinois.

Sarah Shreeves, Co-Principal Investigator

Sarah L. Shreeves is the Coordinator for the Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship (IDEALS), the set of services and collections that support scholarly communication services at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Sarah also is the Coordinator for the Scholarly Commons, a space of interrelated services that support scholarly work. In her position, Sarah is responsible for working with faculty, students, and researchers on a range of scholarly communication issues including author rights, open access, and data curation. She has spoken and published on scholarly communication issues related to institutional repositories as well as on the social and technical barriers to metadata interoperability. She has a BA in Medieval Studies from Bryn Mawr College, an M.A. in Children’s Literature from Simmons College, and an M.S. in Library and Information Science from Illinois.

Lauren Dodge, Project Coordinator

Lauren Dodge is the Visiting Project Coordinator for the Copyright Education and Consultation Program. She has a B.A. in English & Rhetoric from the University of Illinois, and an M.S. in Library and Information Science from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois.


Jennifer Sams, Assistant to the Project Coordinator, 1/11-

Jenn's PictureJennifer is currently a student in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois. She has a B.A. in English and Secondary Education from the University of Illinois.


Miles Lincoln, Assistant to the Project Coordinator, 11/10-12/10

Grant Liaisons:

UIC – Sandy DeGroote, Scholarly Communications Librarian

UIS – Christine Ross, Director of Collections and Research Services, Brookens Library

NIU – Rebecca Martin, Head of Access Services

SIUC – Susan Tulis, Associate Dean for Information Services