1 University of Library Studies and Information Technologies (BULGARIA)
2 National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts (BULGARIA) (BULGARIA)
About this paper:
Appears in: EDULEARN21 Proceedings
Publication year: 2021
Pages: 8750-8759
ISBN: 978-84-09-31267-2
ISSN: 2340-1117
doi: 10.21125/edulearn.2021.1762
Conference name: 13th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 5-6 July, 2021
Location: Online Conference
Intellectual property (IP) connects directly to the information held by its objects, or in other words IP is the ownership of the information that intellectual products contain, with their creators having exclusive rights over them. The right to IP as a system of legal norms regulates public relations in relation to the creation, acknowledgment, publishing, distribution, inheritance and legal protection of IP objects, including objects of copyright and related rights. In the knowledge-based economy, experts such as library and information professionals, journalist, etc., that can interpret IP-related issues, have an important place. It is they that bear the responsibility to create a policy to encourage the understanding and resolving the legal disputes and conflicts that are unique to this aspect of the information society. One way to achieve this is through the educational impact of information literacy (IL) programs that include IP issues as part of the curriculum.

Firstly to present the concept of a project at the University of Library Studies and Information Technologies "A Conceptual Educational Model for Enhancing IL in an University Information Environment” and secondly to describe the methodology of the project survey, which aims to establish, systematize, summarize and analyse the current level of awareness about IP issues at university environment among trainees and trainers.

The main objective of the project is to systematically and purposefully explore issues related to the integration of IP literacy in the university information environment in the humanitarian and social sciences, both among trainers and trainees in Bulgaria, by creating and asking for an innovative model for an examination of the intellectual legal competence, which will solve the identified gaps during the study. The inclusion of scientists from the Old Continent and Australia enables the study of the problem to reach international scale.

Achieving the main objective of the study and solving the set research tasks include the following specific methods: content analysis, comparative analysis, and synthesis of the obtained information, relevant to the topic of the paper.

Carrying out research on IP issues as part of IL in the modern university environment is conditioned by a number of prerequisites. First of all, there are limited number of in-depth independent studies focusing on the relation of IP and IL on a national and international level; secondly, the need to study existing models and good practices for training in the field of IP for non-specialist lawyers in Europe and worldwide; thirdly, to analyze the offered educational content and curriculums responsible for this spectrum of knowledge; fourthly, it is necessary to study the foreign experience of the existing IP-awareness networks; fifthly, the need to investigate the level of awareness of intellectual-legal issues in humanitarian and social sciences, as well as both among learners and students in a university environment.

After all, it has to be concluded that the IP is a special element of IL in university information environment, as to develop good skills, students must learn how to use effectively the wide variety of information products and services. The problem under consideration is extremely relevant, partly concerned with various aspects by other authors, but has not been fully disclosed so far as in this study.
Information literacy, intellectual property, copyright awareness, educational model.