ACRL Presents – “Digging for Gold with Bundles of Sticks: Copyright, Fair Use, and Text Data Mining” (2/28/19)

ACRL Presents Fair Use Week

ACRL Presents Fair Use WeekJoin ACRL for a free ACRL Presents webcast as we celebrate Fair Use Week! The webcast, “Digging for Gold with Bundles of Sticks: Copyright, Fair Use, and Text Data Mining,” will be held on Thursday, February 28, 2019, from 1:00 — 2:00 p.m. Central time (11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Mountain | 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Central | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern. Convert additional time zones online.)

Scholars seeking to digitally mine collections of text – and the library professionals on board to help them – often have questions about how copyright and fair use affect their text data mining (TDM) intentions. What collections can researchers use, and how can they use them within the bounds of the law? This webcast will help library and consortia participants build literacies to navigate TDM copyright issues so that we may maximally support this innovative research. We will overview how copyright law fits in with TDM, the scope of fair use rights and what courts have said about it, and tips for building copyright literacy into TDM support and content licensing. We will also highlight several other law and policy literacies (contracts, privacy, ethics) shaping TDM research, as a preview for our holistic TDM legal literacies training.


Rachael G. Samberg leads UC Berkeley Library’s Office of Scholarly Communication Services. A Duke Law graduate, Rachael practiced intellectual property litigation at Fenwick & West LLP for seven years before spending six years at Stanford Law School’s library, where she was Head of Reference & Instructional Services and a Lecturer in Law. She joined UC Berkeley in 2016. Rachael speaks throughout the country about copyright and scholarly communication issues, and is a presenter for the ACRL Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement RoadShow. Her forthcoming chapter, “Law & Literacy in Non-Consumptive Text Mining: Guiding Researchers Through the Landscape of Computational Text Analysis,” will be published in Copyright Conversations (ACRL 2019).

How to register:

Free registration is now available. The webcast will be recorded and posted on the ACRL website after the live event. Questions should be directed to

Looking for a deep dive into copyright and other scholarly communication issues? Bring in-person training to your campus!