Association of Research Libraries (ARL) releases revamped website, helps library advocates assert their rights in the digital age

From the Association of Research Libraries announcement by Katherine Klosek:

Today, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) launched, a revamped resource to help library leaders, practitioners and advocates proactively assert library rights in the digital age. . Libraries, and the research, teaching, and learning activities they support, enjoy special rights in U.S. law, beginning with the constitutional purpose of copyright: to promote the advancement of science. and useful arts. At the heart of these rights is fair use, a flexible doctrine that permits the use of copyrighted works without permission from the rights holder in certain circumstances. In today’s era of digital teaching, lending, and lending, research libraries can rely on fair dealing to continue exercising these fundamental rights.

In a previous release, ARL created as a resource for authors to educate academics on the importance of retaining copyrights in their works to better enable them, research institutions and libraries to provide equitable access to increasingly expensive resources and paid research. In its current update, the website invites a wider audience to consider how the rights granted to libraries under U.S. copyright law can be asserted to advance equitable digital access to information. .

The new website also hosts a series of new articles that take an in-depth look at digital rights issues that have not been decided by the courts:

  • Copyrights and contracts: issues and strategies is a discussion project describing the problems that research libraries face when contractual terms prohibit or limit these rights, and suggesting a series of advocacy strategies.
  • Controlled digital loan describes how research libraries can build on the fair use analysis presented in the Controlled Digital Lending White Paper.
  • Copyright and Media Broadcasting in the American Context is an upcoming brief co-authored with Ithaka S+R on policy considerations and advocacy opportunities around the use of streaming content in teaching, learning and research.

Finally, includes Modern Interlibrary Loan Practices: Going Beyond CONTU Guidelinesa white paper intended to eliminate outdated and inaccurate “rules of thumb” and inform library practice and advocacy around interlibrary loan, licensing and journal subscriptions.

This project began in 2020, when the ARL Advocacy and Public Policy Committee prioritized the ability to perform research and learning support functions, even with limited access to spaces. physics and materials. Over the past two years, ARL members and staff have hosted conversations and engaged in initiatives that have informed and refined our position on key digital rights issues, such as contract preemption and controlled digital loans.

The project team consists of Darcée Olson, Judy Ruttenberg and Katherine Klosek, with consulting from Jonathan Band. The project team would like to thank Toby Graham, Claire Stewart and the ARL Advocacy and Public Policy Committee. The ARL thanks the authors of the Modern Interlibrary Loan Practices and Copyright and Multimedia Broadcasting papers for their contributions. For more information, please contact Katherine Klosek, Director of Information Policy at ARL.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price ([email protected]) is a librarian, writer, consultant and frequent speaker based in the Washington DC metro area. He received his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards, including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program Alumnus of the Year. From 2006 to 2009, he was Director of Online Information Services at Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ, an innovation research consultancy that supports enterprise product and business model teams with just-in-time fact finding and insight.

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