Columbia University Libraries Presents "Standards and Strategies for Fair Use Decisions inside Libraries and Universities: Law, Interpretations, Best Practices, and Risks"
NEW YORK, March 8, 2012 –

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.

Updated with video of the conference on April 18, 2012.

The Copyright Advisory Office (CAO) is based at Columbia University Libraries and serves the larger university and academic community. Its central function is to address in an innovative, creative, and pragmatic manner the relationship between copyright law and the university‚Äôs scholarly pursuits. The CAO offers guidance and educational services to help the academic community work with copyright issues that arise in research and teaching, and the office engages with legal and policy developments at the national and international levels. For more information, visit:

The Scholarly Communication Program (SCP) explores innovative models for sharing new knowledge. The Program, based at the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) within Columbia University Libraries/Information Services, hosts events and maintains a website to educate the Columbia community about changes taking place within the scholarly communication system. Services provided by the SCP and its sister programs support promising new modes of scholarly exchange.

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 11 million volumes, over 150,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, and graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 22 libraries and various academic technology centers. The Libraries employs more than 500 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries is the gateway to its services and resources:

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