2019 SEI Instructors: Nancy Sims

We’re thrilled to introduce the amazing instructors for this year’s Summer Educational Institute! We’ll be highlighting one instructor from the 2019 curriculum each week, so be sure to stay tuned!

We’re happy to introduce Nancy Sims!

Nancy Sims is the University of Minnesota Library’s subject specialist on copyright issues.  She is both librarian and lawyer, has long experience working in academic libraries, and is fascinated by the pervasiveness of copyright issues in modern life.  Her role is to help individuals and groups throughout the University community understand how copyright affects their work.  She provides education on the copyright website and through workshop programming.  Nancy advocates for policies and practices that support sustainable scholarship, democratic information access, and wide public cultural participation.


  • Intellectual Property
    • Understanding copyright, fair use, and licensing in regard to the educational use of visual materials is essential to successfully managing digital projects. This session will cover Fair Use, case law that may impact the use of images for education, specific digital and web issues, and introduce a vocabulary for professional use. Dive deeper into copyright issues specific to the cultural heritage and visual resource fields by looking at rights and reproductions guidelines, established standards, and emerging best practices.
  • Intellectual Property Practicum
    • Real-world examples of copyright and intellectual property rights challenges will be examined to engage participants in active learning. Through discussions of real-life dilemmas, students will learn how to approach and solve problems as they interact with their peers through debate, presentations, and ad hoc role plays. The instructor will provide case studies for discussion. Participants are also asked to provide questions in advance to discuss with the group and the expert

Looking to learn more about SEI? Read all about SEI at http://seiworkshop.org – where you can find our Statement of Inclusivity, info about registeringaccommodationscurriculum and much more.

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