Columbia U. Libraries Hosting Program on Fair Use in Libraries and Universities

We recently learned of an upcoming program that the METRO member community will, no doubt, be interested in. Please read on for details: 

On Tuesday morning, March 27, 2012, Columbia University Libraries will present a half-day conference titled "Standards and Strategies for Fair Use Decisions inside Libraries and Universities: Law, Interpretations, Best Practices, and Risks." The program will be held at Faculty House at Columbia University and feature presentations on new developments in fair use, panel discussions, expert commentary, and a question and answer session.

Discussions will go beyond the question of fair use and delve more deeply into the means for making fair use decisions in an environment of unresolved law and changing needs and technologies. Through their extraordinary range and depth of experience, panelists will demonstrate and explore options and strategies for making fair use decisions regarding research, teaching, and publishing within the academic community.

The panels will feature a range of academic and professional experts including: Peter Jaszi, professor of law at American University; Brandon Butler, Director of Public Policy Initiatives at the Association of Research Libraries; Lisa Rose-Wiles, co-chair of the Copyright Action Group of Seton Hall University Libraries; Sheree Carter-Galvan, Associate General Counsel at Yale University; Robert W. Clarida, partner at Reitler, Kailas & Rosenblatt; and Gretchen Wagner, General Counsel, Secretary, and Vice President of Administration for ARTstor.  Columbia University Libraries' Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian, James G. Neal, will open the program. Moderator will be Kenneth D. Crews, Director of the Copyright Advisory Office.

The program will run from 9:15am until 12:30pm. For more details, please visit The program is open to the public and free of cost. 

To register, please send an email with you name, affiliation, and other contact information to: Refreshments will be provided.

This program is hosted by Columbia University Libraries and is co-sponsored by the Copyright Advisory Office and the Scholarly Communication Program.