helenlt on December 13th, 2013
I am thrilled to announce that Astrid Bovell, Copyright Communications Officer and the master of our blog, has won the 2013 Library Staff Excellence Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Library. Astrid has been recognised for her efforts in providing copyright support to the University’s seven inaugural Coursera subjects. Massive open online courses (MOOCs), such as Coursera, have taken academia by storm in offering new opportunities in elearning. One of the challenges in creating and running these courses has been dealing with copyright. Astrid has worked closely with the Coursera team to help course coordinators find copyright material that can be used on Coursera or to obtain clearances where necessary. Hundreds of images and videos were used in the course material – all of which had to be checked for copyright compliance. Astrid has done a fantastic job in helping everyone involved understand the copyright issues and how they can be copyright compliant. I know from the many conversations that Astrid and I have had through out the year that she has really enjoyed the challenge of working on Coursera. Astrid said it was nice to receive a nomination and discover her work was recognised. “That kind of recognition makes it worth the effort, it is professionally inspiring and touching to hear the things your peers have said about you and realise the extent of their faith in your abilities,” she said.
However, it’s not only the Library that have recognised Astrid’s efforts this year. The Coursera team, including Astrid, were recognised in the Vice Chancellor’s Awards for outstanding professional staff.
Its great that’s Astrid’s efforts and leadership in this area have been formally recognised, I know that she would also like me to acknowledge the support that she has received from Wil Villareal, Copyright Information Officer. Wil has not only ably supported Astrid but he has dealt with a significant number of permissions required for Coursera. I would also like to acknowledge Craig Patterson and John Christou from the Library, who undertook placements with us to learn about copyright so they too could also assist with Coursera.
ALRC Review Final Report
The ALRC has provided their Final Report to the Attorney-General. The Attorney-General will now table the report in parliament and once it has been tabled in parliament, it will be released to the public. The Australian Copyright Council shared details of the Attorney-General responding to questions in parliament about the report. In answering, Senator Brandis seemed to favour supporting and protecting content owners and creators. So it will be interesting to see the final report of the ALRC and the government’s response to it in future. As always, we’ll keep you updated on any new developments.
Finally, as this our last blog post for 2013, Wil, Astrid and I would like to thank everyone who have approached us with questions and requests. We’ve enjoyed working with you all – even if some of your questions really teased our brains!! Thank you very much for your all your support. We hope everyone has a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and enjoys their time with family and friends. We’re looking forward to working with you all again in 2014.