|Title:||Copyright Literacy of Library and Information Science Professionals in Bangladesh|
|Citation:||Hossain, Z. (2021) Copyright Literacy of Library and Information Science Professionals in Bangladesh. IFLA.|
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|About the Data|
|Data Description:||Data were collected via a survey which measured responses based on Likert-scale questions. The survey received responses from 59 respondents representing 59 public and private libraries and universities.|
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|Cross Country Study?:||No|
|Government or policy study?:||No|
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“Library and information science (LIS) professionals often act as default copyright mavens at their institutions and, therefore, must have an awareness of copyright law and practices. Using a quantitative national survey: ‘Copyright Literacy of Bangladeshi LIS Professionals’ which was part of a multinational survey entitled ‘Copyright Literacy of specialists from libraries and other cultural institutions’, the main objective of the Bangladesh part was to illustrate the self-perceived familiarity with, knowledge and awareness of, and opinions about copyright-related issues of library and information science professionals in Bangladesh. The survey also explored the existing institutional copyright policies, the need for copyright education for new and existing professionals and suggested topics for inclusion in training activities. The results show that Bangladeshi library and information science professionals have conceptual knowledge and awareness of copyright issues, but overall lack an applied approach and hands-on training. This weakness is even more pronounced among library and information science professionals who work in non-academic institutions. Based on these findings, it is suggested that relevant workshops, seminars and roundtable meetings focusing on copyright be organized that will pave the way for continued knowledge development around this topic.”
Main Results of the Study
• The majority of library professionals report a moderate (34%) or good (29%) awareness of copyright law. Higher levels of copyright awareness appears to be associated with the presence of a Master’s degree.
• The levels of knowledge of specific copyright provisions vary, with most respondents aware of the duration of copyright protection (67.6%) and least aware of orphan works (21.6%).
• Whilst over 70% of library professionals believe that institutional copyright policies are important, less than half have one in place. University libraries are more likely to have an institutional policy on the use of copyrighted works, or a designated person to manage copyright issues. Most library professionals receive their training/knowledge on copyright from the academic community and professional associations, but are less aware of international copyright institutions.
• When compared with studies which implemented the same survey model in UK, USA, Turkey, France, Spain, Bulgaria, Croatia and India, copyright literacy in Bangladesh is moderate.
Policy Implications as Stated By Author
The study does not make any explicit policy recommendations.
Coverage of Study
|Level of aggregation:||Libraries|
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