David Hansen
Library Department Head

Director of Copyright and Scholarly Communication
I'm Duke Libraries' Director of Copyright of Scholarly Communication. Most of what I do is help Duke librarians, faculty, and students understand and improve the scholarly publishing system. I tend to focus on copyright law and other legal issues that play a big part in that system, as well as the economics, incentives, and technology associated with publishing. 

I came to Duke in November 2016 from UNC School of Law where I was a Clinical Assistant Professor and Faculty Research Librarian. Prior to that, from 2011 to 2014, I was a fellow with the Berkeley Digital Library Copyright Project. In those roles I researched, wrote, and taught on the intersection between intellectual property law, information policy, and online access to cultural and scientific works. I have a law degree from UNC Chapel Hill where I also earned my M.S. in Library Science. My undergraduate degree is from UNC Charlottte, which is located near my hometown of Belmont, NC.

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