Library staff can provide the following services: (a.) How to phrase a permission request of a copyright-holder. (b.) What address or contact to use for requesting permission. (c.) Author’s rights - library staff will advise authors regarding copyright transfer agreements and how such agreements affect access to the scholarly archive.
The U.S Copyright Office has made it easy for authors to register copyright on their own works. Their website contains a lot of useful information, including what can be copyrighted, a listing of current fees, and updated FAQs and other tips. It also includes an online copyright filing interface. Using this system both lowers your cost for filing copyright and speeds up the registration process.