Exploring Fair Use

Instructor: Rachel Bridgewater
Dates: Not currently scheduled
Credits: 1.5 CEUs
Price: $175

Of the many copyright issues we encounter as librarians, fair use may be one that surfaces most frequently in our work. Many librarians feel daunted when called upon to perform a fair use analysis and are unsure how much they can help patrons with fair use questions without crossing the line into giving legal advice. This course will explore fair use from many angles – from its history to its application in day-to-day operations. Participants will learn about this crucial component of the copyright law through readings, case studies, and guided discussions. By becoming fair use experts, participants will be able to approach a host of copyright questions with increased confidence and become more effective advocates both locally and nationally.

Rachel Bridgewater is a faculty librarian at Portland Community College in Portland, Oregon. Rachel serves as the college’s copyright librarian, providing copyright interpretation and support for the college community and planning educational activities and outreach about copyright. Rachel regularly presents and teaches about copyright and other information policy issues both locally and nationally. In addition to her work at PCC, she teaches part-time for Emporia State University’s School of Library and Information Management. Rachel received her MLS from Emporia in 2004. Interview with Rachel.


Contact us to arrange a special session of this class for a group of seven or more, with a negotiable discount.