David J. Ensign

Director of the Law Library

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As Director of the Law Library, Professor Ensign is responsible for all aspects of library administration, including policies and procedures, and book selection.

Ensign joined the faculty in 1989 and served as the law school's acting dean from 2005 until January 2007. Prior to joining the University of Louisville, he was Associate Director and Head of Public Services at Washburn University School of Law Library in Topeka.

Courses Taught

Copyright Seminar, Domestic Relations, Legal Research

Publications

Chapters in Books

"Resource Sharing and Copyright Among Library Consortia Members," Growing Pains: Adapting Copyright for Libraries, Education, and Society, Chapter 8. Holmes Beach, FL: Gaunt, 1997.

 

Articles

"Legal Liability for Linking," 5 Copyright & New Media Law Newsletter 3-5 (2001).

"West's Copyright Claim to Star Pagination Denied by Second Circuit," AALL Spectrum 3 (July, 1999): 12, 35.

"Distribution of Reproduced Copyrighted Information: Hotaling v. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints," Copyright and New Media Law (1998)

"Who Killed Cock Robin?: The Internet and the Demise of Fair Use in Electronic Publication," Kentucky Libraries 59 (Summer, 1995): 18-22.

"Copyright and Photocopies in Library Reserve Practice: Fair Use and Recent Trends," Kentucky Libraries 58 (Winter, 1994): 11-18.

"FAX - A Special Case," The Bookmark 50 (Spring, 1992): 125 - 128.

Copyright and the Use of Telefacsimile Among Branch Library Facilities, 83 Law Lib. J. 451 - 461 (1991).

The Copyright Considerations for Telefacsimile Transmission of Documents in Interlibrary Loan Transactions, 81 Law Lib. J. 805 - 812 (1989).

Copyright Handbook for Videotapes and Microcomputer Software. Topeka, KS: State of Kansas Library Network Board, 1988. (with Janet Wilke and Rhonda Moeller).

 

"Copyright Corner" columns written for the journal Kentucky Libraries

  • "Distributing Copyrighted Text Online" (2001)
  • "Public Performances" (2001)
  • "Self-Service Photocopiers" (2001)
  • "Unpublished Works" (2001)
  • "Causes of Action Related to Copyright" (2000)
  • "International Copyright Issues" (2000)
  • "Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act" (2000)
  • "Subject Matter of Copyright" (2000)
  • "Digital Millennium Copyright Act" (Winter, 1999)
  • "First Sale Doctrine" (Summer, 1998)
  • "Permission to Use Photographs" (Spring, 1998)
  • "Works Published Under the 1909 Act" (Winter, 1998)
  • "Broadcast of Copyrighted Videotapes in an Educational Setting" (Winter, 1997)
  • "Compilations and Collective Works" (Spring, 1997)
  • "Copyright on the World Wide Web" (Summer, 1997)
  • "Unauthorized Copies Made by Libraries" (Fall, 1997)
  • "Copyright Update" (Summer, 1996)
  • "Coursepacks" (Spring, 1996)
  • "Duration of Copyright" (Fall, 1996)
  • "Library Exemptions" (Winter, 1996)
  • "Infringement" (Winter, 1995)
  • "Intra-System Lending" (Spring, 1995)
  • "Parties to Infringement" (Fall, 1995)
  • "School Copyright Policies" (Summer, 1995)
  • "Copyright Notices and Warnings" (Summer, 1994)
  • "Obtaining Permission" (Fall, 1994)
  • "School Videotape Collections" (Spring, 1994)

Presentations

July 25, 2003 - Presentation on Copyright and Higher Education to Sullivan College faculty

May 15, 2003 - Presentation on Copyright and the Internet at Paducah Community College

October 18, 2002 - Presentation "Copyright in the Online Environment, Kentucky Library Association, Louisville.

June 15, 2001 - Presentation on "Current Developments in Copyright Law" at Madisonville Community College, Madisonville, KY.

March 21, 2001 - Lecture on "Relationship Issues" (family law) at the U of L Office of Minority Affairs.

November 3, 2000 - Presentation on Copyright in Education, U of L School of Nursing.

October 21, 2000 - Presentation, "Copyright and the Internet," Kentucky School Media Association, Louisville.

May 12, 2000 - Presentation "International Copyright Issues" Louisville Bar Association CLE.

April 12, 1999 - Presentation "Copyright and Church Music," Holy Trinity in Louisville.

October 23 and 24, 1998 - Presentation "Current Developments in Copyright Law," Kentucky School Media Association, Louisville.

April 23, 1998 - Presentation "Developments in Copyright," Kentucky Library Association, Lexington.

April 21, 1998 - Presentation "Copyright and Church Music," Taylorsville, KY.

April 21, 1998 - Presentation "Current Copyright Issues in the Practice of Law," Lexington Association of Law Librarians.

November 21, 1997 - Presentation "Copyright and Fair Use in Technology," U of L Libraries.

August 14, 1997 - Presentation "Copyright and Church Music," American Guild of Organists at the Baptist Seminary, Louisville.

April 29, 1997 - "Copyright and the Practice of Law," CLE program for the State Government Bar Association, Frankfort.

February 25, 1997 - Presentation "Copyright in Public Schools," Fern Creek Elementary School, Louisville.

January 24, 1997 - Presentation "Copyright for Public Librarians" in Paintsville, KY.

November 20, 1996 - Presentation "Copyright in Schools" in-service day for Ashland Independent Schools, Ashland, KY.

October 24, 1996 - Presentation "Copyright and Media," Kentucky Library Association in Lexington.

September 6, 1996 - Presentation "Copyright Policy," Kentucky School Media Association in Bowling Green, KY.

July 17, 1996 - Presentation "Public Libraries and Copyright Law," in Bardstown, KY.

July 9, 1996 - Presentation "New Copyright Issues," Bluegrass Medical Librarians in Louisville.

March 15, 1996 - Presentation "Copyright and Law Review Publication on the Internet," National Conference of Law Reviews in Lexington.

October 27, 1995 - Presentation "Legal Research on the Internet," U of L Law School.

August 29, 1995 - Presentation "Recent Advances in Legal Research," Woodward, Hobson & Fulton, Louisville.

August 22, 1995 - Presentation "Copyright and Schools," in-service at Oldham County Middle School.

July 10, 1995 - Program Chair "Fair Use and the National Information Infrastructure: Proposed Amendments to the 1976 Copyright Act," American Association of Law Libraries conference in Pittsburgh, PA.

Secretary, Consortium of Southeast Law Libraries, 1992 - 94.

July 12, 1994 - Program Chair "Speedy Delivery?: Copyright and Library Document Delivery Services," AALL Conference in Seattle, WA.

September 30, 1994 - Presentation "Copyright and Interlibrary Loan," Kentucky Library Association annual meeting, Louisville.

July 12, 1993 - Presentation "Copyright in Primary Legal Materials: A Taxpayer's Perspective," AALL Conference in Boston, MA.

March 26, 1993 - Coordinator "Issues in Child Advocacy" at the Petrilli Seminar in Louisville.

July 18, 1992 - Presentation "Copyright and Libraries," AALL Conference in San Francsco, CA.

October 2, 1991 - Presentation "Copyright Laws and Librarians," Kentucky Library Association conference, Louisville.

July 22, 1991 - Presentation "Annual Legislative Update: Copyright," AALL conference in New Orleans, LA.

July 8, 1991 - Presentation "Copyright and Library Practice," University of Kentucky Library Staff Association, Lexington.

March 14, 1991 - Presentation "Copyright and Libraries," South Eastern Association of Law Libraries Institute, Tuscaloosa, AL.

October 19, 1990 - Presentation "Legal Research in Depth," Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys, Louisville.

October 19, 1989 - Presentation "A Practical Course for the Law Office Team," KATA, Louisville.

June 20, 1989 - Presentation "Copyright Issues: Downloading Data and Video Usage," AALL Conference, Reno, NV.

University and Community Service

Faculty Senate, 1993 - present (chair 2002 - 04, vice chair 2000 - 02)

U of L Board of Trustees, 2002 - present

Faculty Senate Executive Committee, 1997 - present (chair, 2000 - 02)

Library Committee, 1989 - present (chair 1990-91, 1996-present)

Library Personnel Committee, 1991 - present (chair)

Economic Welfare Committee, 1991 - present

Technology Committee, 1991 - present (chair 2000 - present)

Law School Personnel Committee, 1996 - present

Redbook Committee, 2001 - present (chair 2001-02)

Planning and Budget Advisory Committee, 2002 - 03

Coalition of Senate and Faculty Leadership, 2000 - present

Professional Development Small Grant Review Committee, 2002 - present

AATC, spring and summer, 2000

Ad Hoc Survey Committee, 2000

Advisory Board, U of L Paralegal Program, 1998 - present

Faculty Senate Planning and Budget Committee, 1998 - present (chair 1998 - 2000, ex officio 2000 - present)

Faculty Advisory Committee to Presidential Search Committee, 2002

Ad Hoc Committee on Phased Retirement, 2002

Task Force on Institutional Environment, 2001

Ad Hoc Committee on Mediation, 2001

University-wide Budget Advisory Committee, 1999 - 2001 (co-chair, 2001)

University Fringe Benefits Committee, 1998 - 2000

Faculty Senate Committee on Committees and Credentials, 1995 - 2001 (chair 1997 - 99)

Student Grievance Committee, 1993 - 2001 (chair 1997 - 99)

Decanal Search Committee, 1999 - 2000

Project Planning for the Women's History Month Exhibit, 1997 - 98

Documents Committee for the Law School Enabling Plan, 1997 - 98

Academic Advisor Search Committee, 1997

Ad Hoc Accreditation Self Study Committee, 1989, 1997

Decanal Review Committee, 1994 - 95

CLE Committee, 1991 - 93

Ad Hoc Strategic Planning Committee, 1989