Name: Chris Morrison
Title: Copyright, Licensing and Policy Manager
Organization: University of Kent
Address: Room C/3/14 Block C, Floor 3 Templeman Library, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NU, UK
Phone: +44 (0)1227 823857
Born and lived: London, UK
Early life: Lived in North London, dreamed of being a member of the Beatles and learned to play all their songs. Thought I could get away with not having to study all that hard because mega-stardom would come and solve all my problems. Found out later that I actually really liked learning stuff.
Professional career and activities: Begain working in the music industry for copyright collecting society PRS for Music. Did a range of different jobs including training, team management, licensing and organizational strategy. Since moving to the library and education sector I’ve specialized in the ways copyright affects teaching and research through linking academic research with day to day practice. I’m drawn towards any activity that involves helping people.
Family: Married with one son (7 years old)
In my spare time: I spend quite a bit of my spare time on my copyright studies, but when not doing that I enjoy running/cycling, making music, cooking and spending time with friends.
Favorite books: I enjoy anything that’s well written. I would recommend Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry to anyone, even those who don’t really like Westerns (I don’t). I also love books on how to optimize your own productivity and am a big fan of ‘Getting Things Done’ by David Allen.
Pet peeves: People who choose not to respect others because it doesn’t suit them.
Philosophy: Let’s do our best to be nice to each other. We’re all we’ve got.
Most memorable career achievement: Becoming a published author through co-writing a book that would help people with my friend Jane.
Goal I hope to achieve five years from now: To have helped found a self-sufficient community of information professionals who are able to respond to the challenges of acquiring the relevant knowledge, skills and behaviours to enable the ethical creation and use of copyright material.
How/where do I see the industry in five years (please answer this question if you answer none of the others): In the UK it’s likely to remain under more pressure due to funding. Library activities will therefore have to be justified on the basis of crude return on investment measures which will mean services being reduced even further, particularly in public libraries. However, the issues of data privacy and finding relevant information amongst the avalanche of dross will grow larger in the public’s mind. There is therefore a huge opportunity for information literacy to become mainstreamed and I would hope that the profession is able to get on board with this and understand what a vital role IL needs to play in a digitally connected democratic society.
Leah was appointed Executive Director of the Charleston Conference in 2017, and has served in various roles with the Charleston Information Group, LLC, since 2004. Prior to working for the conference, she was Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions for the College of Charleston for four years. She lives in a small town near Columbia, SC, with her husband and two kids where they raise a menagerie of farm animals.