LeEtta M. Schmidt


LeEtta M. Schmidt is the Copyright and Intellectual Property Librarian at the USF Tampa library, providing guidance and education to students, staff, and faculty on their dual roles as creators and users of copyrighted content; helping them reflect on that duality when making decisions on content use and licensing.

Schmidt served for four years as the Editor of the Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery, & Electronic Reserve. She is a member of ALA, FLA, and has published articles in CR&L News, The Journal of Academic Librarianship and the Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve.

Schmidt’s research areas include examining all barriers to information including, but not limited to, how international copyright laws affect library activities like interlibrary loan, how organizational differences hamper the access and use of information, and how current copyright law addresses the natural attributes of born digital materials.



Copyright refers to intellectual property laws that grant an exclusive legal right to creators to control the copying and public exhibition of their original creative works. By default, in the United States copyright law protects the original works of authorship. Alternatively, authors may use a Creative Commons copyright to license their work. Learn about copyright and fair use (copyright exceptions) so you can avoid academic and legal penalties associated with copyright infringement and plagiarism.