Copyright and Fair Use in Academic Libraries

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While U.S. copyright law changes slowly, what does change is how we think about the application of that law to situations in our libraries. This webinar will use common scenarios to discuss the application of fair use in academic libraries, including digital lending in a controlled environment (a.k.a. CDL), the use of digital resources, interacting with students and faculty on fair use in photocopying, and much more. Basic copyright information will be provided, so that everyone enters the scenarios with similar knowledge. There will be time for participant questions throughout.

This webinar will use interactive components to allow participants to apply what they are learning to their own situations.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this class, students will be able to:

Understand how fair use supports academic library activities.
Articulate how fair use provides part of the legal framework underpinning the digital lending of library-owned print materials.
Inform students and faculty on how to apply fair use in specific situations.


Jill Hurst-Wahl is a consultant, speaker, writer, and educator, who frequently focuses on copyright law. She has taught copyright law for the American Library Association and the Syracuse University iSchool, where she is now professor emerita. Her interest in copyright was born out of her work as a corporate librarian, as well as working with libraries on their digitization programs. The more she learned, the more she found a deep connection with the topic. Jill is a current member of the Library Futures Institute, which is focused on a technology-positive future for libraries. She blogs about copyright and other topics at

Academic library: 4 year and graduate; Academic library: 2 year
Time: All live online classes are in Eastern time.