About

I’m Nancy Sims, and I write the Copyright Librarian blog. I work as the Copyright Program Librarian at the University of Minnesota. I call myself a “lawyerbrarian”, because I make use of both my library and legal backgrounds all the time (and I am decidedly not a “law librarian”, though most people who are also have the neato combo of a JD and an MLIS.) I also consult and do trainings outside of the University, time permitting.

My library degree is from Rutgers (1999) and my law degree is from the University of Michigan (2009). In between, I worked at the UMich Libraries as an instructional technology librarian, supporting scholars and students in their technology needs related to their teaching, study, and research. A lot of my interest in copyright comes from my interest in how people use computers. Perhaps unsurprisngly, then, I interned with the Electronic Frontier Foundation while I was in law school, and also at the SF/Silicon Valley lawfirm of Fenwick & West. I’ve been working at the University of Minnesota since shortly after my law school graduation in 2009.

Because of my interest in how people use computers and how art, invention, and culture happen (way, way, back my undergrad degree is in sociology), I’m a staunch advocate for at least recognition of the fact that there is a public interest element to most intellectual property law. That alone makes me a huge radical to some folks working in this field, but I’m also pretty big on artists getting paid for their stuff (if they want to be), which quite definitely excludes me from some other radical circles.

Also, I ride bikes a lot, and sew a lot. That sometimes shows up on this blog.