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African Studies: Code of best practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research libraries

A guide to UF Libraries' research and teaching resources in African Studies. Feel free to let us know what would be useful to have included.

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From the ARL web site (Jan. 26, 2012):

"The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) announces the release of the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries, a clear and easy-to-use statement of fair and reasonable approaches to fair use developed by and for librarians who support academic inquiry and higher education. The Code was developed in partnership with the Center for Social Media and the Washington College of Law at American University. Winston Tabb, Johns Hopkins University Dean of University Libraries and Museums and President of ARL, said, 'This document is a testament to the collective wisdom of academic and research librarians, who have asserted careful and considered approaches to some very difficult situations that we all face every day.'”

"The Code deals with such common questions in higher education as:

  • When and how much copyrighted material can be digitized for student use? And should video be treated the same way as print?
  • How can libraries’ special collections be made available online?
  • Can libraries archive websites for the use of future students and scholars?"

"Such codes have a powerful effect both in law and practice. 'Courts care what affected communities think about fair use and so do the other policymakers and gatekeepers,' noted co-facilitator Peter Jaszi, Professor of Law at American University. 'Now librarians are on the record with a powerful statement of their values.'"

The development of the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries is supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

For more information about the Code and this project, e-mail

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