Copyright Literacy Among Students of Information Science at the University of Iceland

Ágústa Pálsdóttir*

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Future librarians and information specialists need to be capable of interpreting copyright law. Recognition of information science students’ understanding about copyright matters is necessary for identifying if and where improvements in their education is needed. The study aim was to investigate the knowledge about copyright issues among information science students at the University of Iceland. Data was collected among 54 students. The response rate was 41%. As the study is part of an international research, the same questionnaire was used by all countries. The paper focuses on five questions concerning knowledge about copyright and awareness of where information about it can be found. All questions, except for one, allow multiple answers. Data analysis was descriptive. The results indicate that some improvements are needed in the curricula. Although the students appear to have fairly good knowledge about the national legislation, they are in need of more education about many aspects of copyright and intellectual property.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation Literacy in Everyday Life - 6th European Conference, ECIL 2018, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsJoumana Boustany, Serap Kurbanoglu, Yurdagül Ünal, Esther Grassian, Maija Leena Huotari, Sonja Špiranec, Diane Mizrachi, Loriene Roy
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9783030134716
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event6th European Conference on Information Literacy, ECIL 2018 - Oulu, Finland
Duration: 24 Sept 201827 Sept 2018

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
ISSN (Print)1865-0929


Conference6th European Conference on Information Literacy, ECIL 2018

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Other keywords

  • Copyright education
  • Copyright literacy
  • Graduate students
  • Iceland
  • Information science


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