Nancy Sims Director of Copyright & Scholarly Communication

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Director of Copyright & Scholarly Communication
Libraries department
Copyright and Scholarly Communications


I'm the Libraries' subject specialist on copyright issues. I am a real-live librarian, with long experience working in academic libraries. I'm also a lawyer, and am fascinated by the pervasiveness of copyright issues in modern life. My job is not to be the "copyright police" on campus, but rather to help individuals and groups throughout the University community understand how copyright may affect their work. To that end, I provide education through our copyright website and workshop programming (see links), custom information sessions on request, and small group and individual consultations. I also work within and outside the University to advocate for policies and practices that support sustainable scholarship, democratic information access, and wide public cultural participation. I don't provide direct legal representation to individuals, on- or off-campus groups, or the University. I do sometimes help individuals determine when they may need to contact an attorney for themselves, and can help U-M units know when to consult with University legal counsel. Blog: Copyright Librarian


JD, University of Michigan Law School

MLIS, Rutgers University