CILIP statement on cross border uses at SCCR 27

At SCCR 27, library and archive organisations have been able to offer interventions on specific topics before the Committee for consideration. On Thursday 1 May discussions for libraries and archives began with Topic 6, Cross Border Uses. The following statement was delivered by Ms. Barbara Stratton, CILIP:

Mr Chairman and distinguished delegates, CILIP, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals thanks you for granting us accreditation to observe your meetings. Furthermore, Mr Chairman, as this is the first time CILIP has taken the floor, we congratulate you on your election. As the main UK professional association for some 14,000 librarians, information and knowledge managers, CILIP is convenor of the Libraries and Archives Copyright Alliance, an umbrella advocacy group for the UK’s major library, information and archive associations and institutions.

Most UK universities have overseas campuses or Partnerships with foreign universities and colleges, whereby students earn UK degrees taught overseas without leaving their home country. This generates significant demand for cross-border information transfer and access to digital resources held by UK university libraries. The different licensing contracts for the UK library’s commercially purchased online information resources mostly restrict access by Partnership staff and students, including access via the library’s secure Virtual Learning Environment.

Many of these licensing contracts also override copyright exceptions, for example by preventing the library from furnishing electronic copies of documents across borders to Partnership staff and students in response to ad hoc requests that would have been permitted under the UK’s non-commercial research or private study exception. Partnership staff and students are significantly disadvantaged: they need the same access to the same digital materials as their UK counterparts for teaching and learning on the same courses, but serving them generally requires express permissions, extra licence provisions, and additional fees costing a typical 30% extra on top of a library’s e-journals and database licence spend. The rapidly increasing use of academic e-books in place of traditional printed academic textbooks will simply exacerbate this situation.

Thank you for your attention.

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