Columbia University established the Copyright Advisory Office in 2008, appointing Dr. Kenneth Crews as its inaugural director until 2014, when Dr. Crews announced his departure. Rina Elster Pantalony was appointed in the fall of 2014 as the new Director of the Copyright Advisory Office.  Its current mission is to create awareness, understanding and respect for copyright and copyright management practices while advocating for a robust environment that promotes preservation, access and scholarly communications.