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Fair Use in Libraries: The Infographic

Fair use is the broad, flexible doctrine that will allow libraries to meet mission in the digital age.

A new embeddable infographic, developed by the Association of Research Libraries  and American University’s College of Law and School of Communication, with funding from the Mellon Foundation, illustrates how librarians navigate in a sea of copyrighted material, and which situations most often trigger fair use.

It also introduces Code of Best Practices in Fair Use  as more centrist, moderate, practice-grounded, research-based and community-endorsed than the former failed, arbitrary, hostile guidelines approach.

The poster refers to the year-and-a-half old Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries

Other codes of Best Practices (and much, much more) may be found on AU’s Center for Social Media site.

The codes include:

Don’t you think it’s time for a K12 poster?  Anyone want to help me?



Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza


  1. I’d love to help you with the k12 version!


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