The author, Christine Fruin, is Scholarly Communications LIbrarian at the University of Florida‘s (UF) George A. Smathers Libraries. In this role, she serves as primary consultant on copyright law for the UF campus and leads the UF Libraries’ scholarly communication and open access outreach efforts. This role includes advising faculty, staff and students on intellectual property issues and their impact on scholarly inquiry and instruction; educating the university community about OA resources and services; and developing programs to support scholarly publication and its reform. She also recently completed a one year appointment with the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries as Visiting Program Officer for Scholarly Communications.
Fruin earned a Juris Doctorate from the School of Law at Southern Illinois University, a master’s degree in library and information science from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at University of Illinois and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Knox College.
After graduating from law school, she practiced law for a year before joining Lexis Nexis as a case law editor. She worked for Lexis Nexis for several years and during that time returned to graduate school to earn her master’s degree in library and information science. Prior to joining UF, Fruin worked for the University of Illinois system as the director of collection and research services and scholarly communications officer for the Springfield campus’s Brookens Library and also as a senior law librarian conducting intellectual property and business intelligence research for a large Chicago law firm.
For a list of publications, please visit http://orcid.org/0000-0003-2314-5264.
The views and opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and are not to be interpreted as legal advice or opinion, nor should they be imputed to the University of Florida.