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.
*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 &
* 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.
* Associated faculty member in the Library Media Education program in the WKU College of
Education and Behavioral Sciences, Department of Special Instructional Programs. Courses
* 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 &
Intellectual Property Infringement
Creative Commons Licenses
Fair Use (Copyright)
Copying -- Fair Use (Copyright)
Derivative Works (Copyright)
Access to Information
Open Data Movement
Open Source Software
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
Works for Hire (Copyright)
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