SILS alumnus, William M. Cross, new director at NCSU Libraries

Release date: 
May 16, 2011

William CrossRecent SILS graduate, William M. Cross, will join the North Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries as director of Copyright and Digital Scholarship, on June 1, 2011.

In a message to NCSU Libraries staff from Susan K. Nutter, vice provost and director of Libraries, she states that Cross "will lead the NCSU Libraries Copyright and Digital Scholarship Center, providing services, resources and guidance to the university community in matters relating to the creation, dissemination and use of knowledge. The emphasis of Cross’s work will be on fostering sustainable models of scholarly communication, providing guidance on copyright in teaching and research, and creating new forms of digital scholarship and access. He will serve as a resource on local and national policy to help the university community stay informed and involved with the changing landscape for scholarly work and publication. His duties include close consultation with the university’s Office of General Counsel, Copyright Committee, Provost’s office, and Distance Education and Learning Technology Applications unit (DELTA). He will also collaborate with colleagues throughout the Libraries, providing leadership for digital scholarship and publishing initiatives, and guidance on fair use and other copyright issues related to library collections and services.

"Through both education and experience, Cross brings a deep understanding of copyright issues in the digital age. Most recently, he has served as the Digital Copyright Specialist for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC at Chapel Hill) Libraries. There he provided expertise and direction on scholarly communication and copyright issues. Previously, he served as the Digital Copyright Manager for the Undergraduate Library at UNC-CH, negotiating copyright terms and fees for the electronic reserves system, as well as developing policies and procedures for licensing new forms of digital scholarship. Cross has also interned with Duke University’s Scholarly Communications Office, where he consulted on copyright issues with faculty, students and staff, and assisted with the design, pilot, and promotion of Duke’s Institutional Repository.

William Cross"Cross has published and presented on a variety of scholarly communications and legal topics. Recent publications include “Preservice Legal Education for Academic Librarians within ALA-Accredited Programs,” with Phil Edwards, in portal: Libraries and the Academy, “Visual Copyright: Five Best Practices for Teaching with Images,” in CFE: Spotlight on Teaching, and “Developing Copyright Policy: A Guide for Liberal Arts Colleges,” with Kevin Smith, in Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges. His presentations include “Using Media in the Classroom: Best Practices for Technology and Copyright,” at the World View Symposium; “Own Your Work: Understanding Your Rights as an Author,” at Center for Faculty Excellence Webinar; and “Visual Copyright: A Bohemian Guide to Visual Culture in the Classroom,” as part of the Center for Faculty Excellence Visual Instruction Series."

Cross received his MSLS in the SILS commencement ceremony on May 8, 2011. He also holds the J.D., the M.A. with a concentration in Law, Expression & New Technologies from the School of Journalism & Mass Communication, and the B.A. in Constitutional History and Dramatic Art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.