On July 30, 2021, the Supreme Court of Canada brought an end to one of the longest-running copyright sagas in recent memory when it rendered its judgement in the York University v. Access Copyright case. The case capped the debate around the rights and limits of educational institutions who are reproducing copyrighted material for student use using the “fair dealing” exception as outlined in the Canadian Copyright Act and Supreme Court cases such as CCH v. LSUC.
University of Waterloo students are enjoying the Dana Porter Library’s recently-renovated sixth floor. New features include adjustable study carrels, lockers for students to store their valuables, a new group study room, and comfortable lounge seating. This renovation was inspired by a generous seed gift of $100,000 from Elise Devitt in memory of her late husband, James Devitt.
Students are enjoying the new space. “The sixth floor of Dana Porter is a hidden gem — a secret you want to keep to yourself, but you tell your friends because they have to experience it for themselves,” says Yebin Chung, a mathematics and business student. Melika Bozorgi, who is taking an honours science program, likes the new furniture. “The furniture on the sixth floor actually motivates me to go to the library to study.”
Nancy Collins is a Communications and Liaison Librarian at the University of Waterloo.