Celebrate Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week 2020

The 2020 Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week is coming up February 24-28, 2020. Commissioned by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week is “is an annual celebration of the important doctrines of fair use and fair dealing. It is designed to highlight and promote the opportunities presented by fair use and fair dealing, celebrate successful stories, and explain these doctrines.”

According to ARL, “Fair use and fair dealing are essential limitations and exceptions to copyright, allowing the use of copyrighted materials without permission from the copyright holder under certain circumstances. Fair use and fair dealing are flexible doctrines, allowing copyright to adapt to new technologies. These doctrines facilitate balance in copyright law, promoting further progress and accommodating freedom of speech and expression. While fair use and fair dealing are employed on a daily basis by students, faculty, librarians, journalists, and all users of copyrighted material, Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week is a time to promote and discuss the opportunities presented, celebrate successful stories, and explain the doctrines.”

ACRL has a number of resources, publications, and events to help you prepare for and participate in Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week:

Free Webcast on Tuesday, February 25!

ACRL is excited to offer a free webcast celebrating Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week. Join us on Tuesday, February 25, at 1:00pm CT, for “Understanding Fair Use Through Case Law,” presented by Sandra Aya Enimil, Assistant Professor and Copyright Services Librarian, and Maria Scheid, Copyright Services Coordinator, both at The Ohio State University.

Academic and research libraries often cite fair use for the activities that we engage in to make content available to stakeholders. Depending on your perspective, fair use is a right or a defense outlined in United States Copyright Law. What most can agree on is that in the United States, we rely on case law to help us understand fair use and to implement strategies for sharing content based on that understanding. This webinar will give a back-to-basics overview of fair use and utilize case law to illustrate each factor of a fair use analysis.

Register for this free webcast today!

Scholarly Communication Toolkit

Developed and maintained by the ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee (ReSEC), the Scholarly Communication Toolkit provides users with a basic understanding of scholarly communication issues in the context of their impact on libraries and offers resources and tools to support librarians as they navigate and transform the scholarly communication landscape. Users can also contribute their own tools or resources to the toolkit, including papers, presentations, handouts, videos, and more.

The Toolkit is freely available online and licensed through Creative Commons.

Bring Training To Your Campus

Take your learning to the next level with local, in-person training. ACRL’s RoadShow workshops open the door for academic and research libraries worldwide to bring high quality professional development directly to their campus, chapter, or consortium at an affordable cost. These interactive day-long workshops are led by experts in the field and cover a wide range of topics, including Scholarly Communication, Research Data Management, and more.

Learn more about bringing a RoadShow to your campus and how these workshops can help your library tackle the greatest issues facing the profession today.

Catch Up On Your Reading

Looking for a good book? Explore some of ACRL’s publications that explore fair use, including:

Look out for more information and resources from ACRL during Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week itself. For more information, visit acrl.org or contact ACRL Program Officer Chase Ollis at collis@ala.org.