Chapter 6. Universal Design and Copyright Considerations

John J. Burke, Beth E. Tumbleson


Chapter 6 of Library Technology Reports (vol. 52, no. 2) Learning Management Systems: Tools for Embedded Librarianship

This chapter introduces universal design as an important value in LMS librarianship. In addition to following instructional design principles and standards for accessibility and responsive design, the embedded librarian needs to consider copyright law, Fair Use, the TEACH Act, and Creative Commons licensing. In these ways, librarians plan for and protect access for students and faculty.

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Janet Gronneberg and Sam Johnston, Seven Things You Should Know about Universal Design for Learning (Louisville, CO: EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, April 6, 2015),

Lisa Felix, “Design for Everyone,” Library Journal 133, no. 16 (2008): 38–40.

Steven J. Bell and John D. Shank, Academic Librarianship by Design: A Blended Librarian’s Guide to the Tools and Techniques (Chicago: American Library Association, 2007).

Beth E. Tumbleson and John Burke, Embedding Librarianship in Learning Management Systems: A How-To-Do-It Manual (Chicago: Neal-Schuman, an imprint of the American Library Association, 2013), 70–88.

Nick Pettit, “The 2014 Guide to Responsive Web Design,” Team Treehouse (blog), June 2, 2014,

Patricia Aufderheide and Peter Jaszi, Reclaiming Fair Use: How to Put Balance Back in Copyright (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011).


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