Fair Use and the Academic Library

Wednesday, 12/4/2019
  • 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Pacific)

This interactive webcast will address some common misperceptions about fair use, how to understand fair use, and explore some case-law examples.  Attendees will leave empowered to use fair use in their daily role as a librarian as well as send library users to good sources of information about fair use in academia.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand basic fair use law
  • Understand limits of liability for educators when applying fair use
  • Empowered to exercise fair use rights in daily work

Who Should Attend

Academic librarians wishing to know more about how to apply fair use to their work and how to empower other educators and library patrons to use fair use


Sara Benson is the Copyright Librarian and an Assistant Professor in the Scholarly Communication and Publishing Unit at the University of Illinois Library.  She holds a JD from the University of Houston Law Center, an LLM from Boalt Hall School of Law at Berkeley, and an MSLIS from the School of Information Science at the University of Illinois.  Prior to joining the Library, Sara was a Lecturer at the University of Illinois College of Law for ten years.  Sara is the host of the Podcast ©hat (“Copyright Chat”) available on iTunes. She also hosts a YouTube channel called the Copyright Chat Channel.



ACRL member: $50
ALA member: $75
Nonmember: $90
Student: $40
Group*: $295

* Webcasts take place in an interactive, online classroom environment with one user/one login. If you select the group rate, one person must register, login, and keyboard during the event. A group registration allows an institution to project the Webcast to participants in the same location.

How to Register

Register for an individual webcast(s)

  • Locate the webcast by the date of the event under the December 2019 heading.
  • Select the "Register" link next to the webcast title.
  • You will need to log in with your ALA ID & password. If you do not have an ALA ID & password, you will be asked to create one in order to register.

Tech Requirements

ACRL Webcasts are held in an Adobe Connect virtual classroom. Speakers or a headset for listening to the presentation are required. You may interact with the presenter and ask questions through text-based chat.  Adobe works on both PC and Apple platforms.


If you have a question about an e-Learning opportunity or need to make arrangements for special assistance, please contact Margot Conahan (mconahan@ala.org).