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Nancy Sims is the Copyright Program Librarian. She has an MLIS from Rutgers University, and a JD from the University of Michigan.

Find out more about Nancy, email her at, or call 612-624-1851.

Other Copyright Resources on Campus

Office of General Counsel

Campus Copyright Policy

Copyright Permissions Center

The University Libraries' Copyright program is focused on addressing the campus's informational and educational needs around copyright. We offer an expanding menu of education and training opportunities, including this website, personal and small-group consultations, tailored and course-integrated instruction, and workshops on fundamental copyright and scholarly communications issues.


We are always happy to discuss copyright issues and concerns with University of Minnesota faculty, staff, students, and other affiliates. We can't usually give legal advice (you'd usually need to hire your own lawyer for that), but we can give you information to help you understand the legal landscape, and discuss common approaches to similar topics

Common consultation topics:

  • Basics of copyright law - copyrightability; rights and responsibilities; who owns what
  • UMN Copyright Policy questions and concerns
  • Project or research planning: what can be copied? what can be shared?
  • Educational and classroom use questions - fair use and additional useful tools
  • Author's concerns when publishing
  • Open Access and emerging models in scholarly publishing
  • Alternative options for promoting and protecting content - Creative Commons and open source licensing

Regular Workshops

Every semester, we offer a range of regularly scheduled workshop sessions at various locations on the Twin Cities campus, and online for UMN folks not located in the Twin Cities. If dates are not listed for upcoming workshops, they will be soon. Click on a session date/time to register.

If this schedule does not work for you, we are happy to offer workshop sessions at specific times or locations of your choosing (provided you have a few people interested.) We also offer custom trainings and presentations on topics -not- listed below - please contact us to set one up!

Creative Commons License Unless otherwise noted, all content on the Copyright Information section of this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License.

This web site presents information about copyright law. The University Libraries make every effort to assure the accuracy of this information but do not offer it as counsel or legal advice. Consult an attorney for advice concerning your specific situation.