Denise Covey


Denise Troll Covey, principal librarian for special projects at Carnegie Mellon University Libraries, is responsible for conducting research to inform library administration, strategic planning, and advocacy of important legislative initiatives. She keeps abreast of technological developments and their social implications, as well as the laws, policies, practices, and standards relevant to digital libraries. Her current projects are conducting a study of scholarly communication practices among Carnegie Mellon faculty, analyzing the public response to the U.S. Copyright Office’s notice of inquiry about possible amendments to Section 108 of the copyright law, and leading the University Libraries’ response to legislation regarding orphan works, net neutrality, and open access to federally funded research. Her previous research focused on the public response to the Copyright Office’s notice of inquiry regarding orphan works and efforts to increase the success and lower the cost of acquiring copyright permission to digitize and provide open access to books. Covey serves on the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) Standards Development Committee where she is leading the initiative to develop rights expression and management for scholarly information. She was a distinguished fellow in the Digital Library Federation in 2000–2001.

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