William M. Cross is the Director of the Copyright and Digital Scholarship Center at North Carolina State University where he provides guidance to campus stakeholders on legal issues and open access to scholarship, data, and educational resources. As a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Will earned an M.A. in Technology & Communication, a J.D. in Law, and an M.S.L.S. in Library Science. Before joining the NCSU Libraries, Will worked in academic and law libraries, in constitutional litigation, and at the North Carolina Court of Appeals.
Will serves as an instructor in the UNC School of Information & Library Science and lectures nationally on copyright, free expression, and open culture. Recent presentations have included a daylong workshop on legal issue at the Charleston Conference and webinars for the ACRL’s Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy Series and ALCTS Continuing Education series, as well as presenting the Opening Remarks at the 2016 Scholarly Communications Institute. Will has been quoted in publications such as The Chronicle of Higher Education, Library Journal, and Techdirt and publishes regularly on topics ranging from the pedagogy of legal education for librarians to the First Amendment status of video games.