ARL Policy Notes
Starting a Copyright Conversation at Yale

As a participant in early meetings with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation about worthwhile projects in support of libraries, Yale University Librarian Susan Gibbons was there at the inception of the ARL Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries. We spoke with Susan recently at the ARL Membership Meeting in Washington, DC, and were delighted to hear that the Code has started a wide-ranging series of conversations and strategy sessions on her campus:

The full video of our discussion with Susan Gibbons is available here.

This is the second blog post in a series highlighting some of the fair use success stories we’re beginning to hear from librarians using the Code to move past fear and uncertainty and into positive action using their fair use rights. As with every Code of Best Practices, the #librarianscode can, will, and should be applied differently by different people and institutions in different situations. It is not one-size-fits-all. Some will be more conservative than the consensus described in the Code, while others may go further, depending on local circumstances. These stories are not meant to highlight ideal or best applications of the Code, as there is really no single right way to use the document. Rather, these stories show libraries moving from inaction to action thanks to the encouragement and support that the Code provides. How will you use the Code? If you have a story to share, please email socialmedia@american.edu.

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