I am a lawyer, librarian, author, and copyright expert. Currently I am Professor and
Coordinator of Research Instruction, Grants, & Assessment at Western Kentucky
University Libraries. I was previously the Reference & Instruction Coordinator from
1999-2011. In addition to overseeing information literacy and library instruction, I also
write and administer grants and work with surveys and assessment. 

I am the subject librarian and liaison for collection Development and teaching on the
following accounts: * Computer Science * Law/Paralegal Studies * Leadership Studies *
Philosophy * Political Science * Religion 

From 1999 to 2009, I also did collection development and instruction for Russian, Eastern
European Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, and African Studies. 

EDUCATION 

*Ed.D. Higher Education Leadership & Policy (2009). Vanderbilt University, Peabody
College of Education, Nashville, Tennessee. Capstone Title: "Career Trajectories and
Outcomes of PhD Recipients from the Vanderbilt University College of Arts &
Sciences." 

* M.I.L.S. Information & Library Science (1993). University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. 

* J.D. (Juris Doctor) Law (1990). University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio. Thesis Title: The
Antitrust Implications of Airline Mergers. 

* B.A. Economics (1986). Adrian College, Adrian, Michigan. 

* A.A. Pre-Arts (1985). Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan. 

Courses Taught 

* Associated faculty member in the Library Media Education program in the WKU College of
Education and Behavioral Sciences, Department of Special Instructional Programs. Courses
taught include: 

* LME 503 (later re-numbered as LME 512), The Library in Society, Graduate Seminar 

* LME 408, Reference and Bibliography, Undergraduate Classroom Class 

* LME 508, Reference Sources and Services, Graduate Classroom Class 

LME 508, Reference Sources and Services, Graduate Online Class 

My major research interests are copyright and intellectual property, privacy issues, and
legal issues in librarianship. In December 1999, I was appointed Editor of the
"Legally Speaking" column in the journal Against the Grain. 

In April 2004, I was awarded the Faculty Award for Research and Creativity for Western
Kentucky University Libraries & Information Technology. This honor recognized a
series of peer-reviewed articles in the journal Against the Grain on legal issues in
librarianship, education, and intellectual property. I am also a 2007 recipient of the
Faculty Award for Public Service for Western Kentucky University Libraries &
Information Technology. 

Intellectual Property

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Legally Speaking -- I got you babe!, Against the Grain (2013)
 

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Legally Speaking-Researching the Legal Issues Faced by Librarians, Publishers and Book Distributors (with Jack G. Montgomery and Bruce Strauch), Against the Grain (2013)
 

Copyright

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Legally Speaking -- I got you babe!, Against the Grain (2013)
 

Trademarks

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Legally Speaking-What is Intellectual Property? (with Jack G. Montgomery and Anne F. Jennings), Against the Grain (2013)
 

Patents

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Legally Speaking-What is Intellectual Property? (with Jack G. Montgomery and Anne F. Jennings), Against the Grain (2013)
 

Intellectual Property Infringement

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Legally Speaking-Copyright, Tasini and our new realtiy (with Jack G. Montgomery and Bruce Strauch), Against the Grain (2013)
 

Creative Commons Licenses

License Agreements

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Legally Speaking-Copyright, Tasini and our new realtiy (with Jack G. Montgomery and Bruce Strauch), Against the Grain (2013)
 

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Legally Speaking-What is Intellectual Property? (with Jack G. Montgomery and Anne F. Jennings), Against the Grain (2013)
 

Fair Use (Copyright)

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Legally Speaking-Researching the Legal Issues Faced by Librarians, Publishers and Book Distributors (with Jack G. Montgomery and Bruce Strauch), Against the Grain (2013)
 

Copyright Infringement

Copying -- Fair Use (Copyright)

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Legally Speaking-Researching the Legal Issues Faced by Librarians, Publishers and Book Distributors (with Jack G. Montgomery and Bruce Strauch), Against the Grain (2013)
 

Derivative Works (Copyright)

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Legally Speaking-Copyright, Tasini and our new realtiy (with Jack G. Montgomery and Bruce Strauch), Against the Grain (2013)
 

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Legally Speaking-What is Intellectual Property? (with Jack G. Montgomery and Anne F. Jennings), Against the Grain (2013)
 

Patent Infringement

Access to Information

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Legally Speaking-Researching the Legal Issues Faced by Librarians, Publishers and Book Distributors (with Jack G. Montgomery and Bruce Strauch), Against the Grain (2013)
 

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Legally Speaking-Copyright, Tasini and our new realtiy (with Jack G. Montgomery and Bruce Strauch), Against the Grain (2013)
 

Open Data Movement

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Legally Speaking-Copyright, Tasini and our new realtiy (with Jack G. Montgomery and Bruce Strauch), Against the Grain (2013)
 

Open Source Software

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Independent Contractors

Works for Hire (Copyright)

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Legally Speaking-Researching the Legal Issues Faced by Librarians, Publishers and Book Distributors (with Jack G. Montgomery and Bruce Strauch), Against the Grain (2013)
 

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Legally Speaking-Copyright, Tasini and our new realtiy (with Jack G. Montgomery and Bruce Strauch), Against the Grain (2013)
 

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Legally Speaking-What is Intellectual Property? (with Jack G. Montgomery and Anne F. Jennings), Against the Grain (2013)
 

Corporate Authorship

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Legally Speaking-Researching the Legal Issues Faced by Librarians, Publishers and Book Distributors (with Jack G. Montgomery and Bruce Strauch), Against the Grain (2013)
 

Contracts

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Legally Speaking-Copyright, Tasini and our new realtiy (with Jack G. Montgomery and Bruce Strauch), Against the Grain (2013)
 

No subject area

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Legally Speaking-Reference Questions and the Unauthorized Practice of Law (with Jack G. Montgomery and Bruce Strauch), Against the Grain (2013)
 

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Legally Speaking-Publishing the Law: The Origins of Legal Publishing (with Jack G. Montgomery and Bruce Strauch), Against the Grain (2013)