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We had a productive work week in Toronto. If you ever have the opportunity to be locked in a room with David Wiley, Paul Stacey, The Cogdog, Kamil Sliwowski & Olga Belikov I would HIGHLY recommend it.

One of the outcomes of our work week was a learning pathway for the Librarian Certificate and I wanted to share it with the community to gather thoughts comments and suggestions. Does this flow make sense to you? Do we have a blind spot? Have we missed anything?  Get in touch here, ping me on Twitter @Bella_Velo

The librarian certificate is made up of 6 modules with a total of 25-30 online learning units organized sequentially in a learning path. Modules and learning units address Creative Commons related topics and the specialized learning associated with using Creative Commons as a librarian. Each learning unit takes roughly 30 minutes to go through with additional time needed to complete associated learning activities. Librarians will be required to complete all online learning units to qualify for participation in the face to face, facilitated component of delivery.  

Librarian CC Certificate



  • Public Domain
  • Copyright Basics
  • Copyright vs Other Intellectual Property
  • Global Copyright
  • Exceptions and Limitations

The Commons

  • Significance of the Commons
  • Physical vs. Digital Commons
  • The Opportunity of the Commons
  • Creative Commons as an Organization in the Commons
  • Commons Module Summit Quest

CC Licences

  • How Licenses Work with Copyright
  • License Differences
  • Examples of License Uses
  • Remix Different CC Licensed Works
  • Legal Precedence


  • How the Open Model is Better
  • Shift to Openness
  • Promoting Openness
  • Community Development for Openness

Specialized Librarian Modules

  • What does open mean for libraries
  • Open Access
  • Gold Access vs Green Access
  • Tech Transfer & Author rights
  • elective OER / Open Textbooks / Open Courses / MOOCs
  • Advocacy/Repository/OA policy & funding agencies
  • University OA Policy – Setting up and supporting

Library Electives

  • Text & Data mining what does it mean for authors & the library
  • OER / Open Textbooks / Open Courses / MOOCs
  • 3D Printing issues and challenges with IP
  • Copyright & CC for Audio & Visual
  • Open Data
  • Open Science


  1. I personally love this and would be in line to sign up! I like the content; very relevant for digital libraries and “brick and mortar” libraries!

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