Intellectual Property and Information Rights for Librarians
by John Schlipp
September 2019, 317pp, 7 x 10
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-4408-7070-5
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An authoritative resource on intellectual property and information rights for today’s information professionals.

Including real-world scenarios and best practices, this text presents the important topics of patents, trademarks, and copyrights in relation to intellectual property creators and consumers.

Comprehending intellectual property rights is critical in today’s world in order to negotiate the challenges associated with all kinds of intellectual properties, from patents to trademarks to copyright. Created for courses but useful for a wide range of readers, Intellectual Property and Information Rights for Librarians teaches intellectual property literacy, allowing teachers and students to easily understand the range of intellectual property issues, including both creator and consumer rights.

Author John Schlipp, an intellectual property librarian and professor, guides readers through intellectual property and information rights issues for today’s professionals in information-based careers. Real-world issues are emphasized, including fair use, which is covered in reference to the First Amendment. Information rights topics examined include legal and ethical issues such as freedom of information, internet regulations, privacy, cybercrime, and security. This text serves as a comprehensive reference and a collection of best practices that addresses all types of intellectual properties in one book.


  • Includes ways to identify the basic types of intellectual property and related laws
  • Offers ways to recognize and distinguish the conceptual difference between intellectual property creators (authors, inventors, etc.) and consumers (users) in information-based situations
  • Includes examples of fair use and First Amendment rights
  • Explores legal and ethical issues involving intellectual freedom, internet regulations, privacy, cybercrime, and security
  • Showcases ways to comprehend and examine intellectual property job-related applications for multiple types of library customers, media creators, and business branding specialists
John Schlipp is an intellectual property librarian and professor at W. Frank Steely Library at Northern Kentucky University. He manages the Intellectual Property Awareness Center, which is a designated patent and trademark resource center representing the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Schlipp won the 2011 Kentucky Library Association's Kentucky Libraries Outstanding Feature Article award for his article entitled "Creative Thinking: A Student-Centered Approach to Plagiarism and Copyright." His contributions include scholarly articles, book reviews, and an online intellectual property awareness program for teens titled Creative Thinking. He is associate editor of the Encyclopedia of Northern Kentucky.


"A welcome resource for librarians across the profession in understanding issues related to intellectual property."—Library Journal, January 1, 2020

"Thoroughly cited, clearly explained, and impressively engaging for the difficulty of some of the topics covered, this book can serve as an excellent introduction to intellectual property for librarians and an effective reference source for librarians working with these intellectual property issues on a regular basis."—The Library Quarterly, August 6, 2020

"A basic understanding of intellectual property is essential for all authors and scholars. John Schlipp’s book provides the ideal mix of detailed information and helpful insights on intellectual property, helping move researchers from novice to specialist."—Jon M. Garon, Dean and Professor of Law, Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law

"Public libraries work with patrons concerning intellectual property rights on a consistent basis. However, very few resources are written for their specific concerns. This work meets the need in a comprehensive, yet easily understood, manner."—David E. Schroeder, Director, Kenton County Public Library
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