Library Juice Academy

Online Professional Development for Librarians

Fair Use in Depth

Instructor: Gretchen McCord

Dates: Not currently scheduled

Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Price: $175

Fair use in copyright is a complex area of law, and yet it is one on which librarians, other information professionals, and educators at all levels depend on a daily basis. Fair use is a tool that, when mastered, can greatly empower those who use it. Most of these individuals and institutions do not have as high a level of expertise in fair use as they could; without that higher level of expertise, it is unlikely that the individual or institution is taking full advantage of their fair use rights.

This workshop will explore fair use in depth, focusing on the skills needed to be able to thoroughly understand and apply fair use, and thus to make confident decisions, in any environment. This workshop is different than most on fair use in the following ways:

  • It teaches participants how to “think like a lawyer” in applying fair use.
  • It employs an active learning approach and thus requires active participation by participants.
  • Participants are taught how to approach fair use in a proactive, rather than reactive, manner.
  • Participants will learn how to make risk assessments in the fair use context, so that they can make the decisions most appropriate to the positions and values of their individual institutions.
Gretchen McCord

Gretchen McCord is an attorney-consultant and educator in the areas of copyright law, privacy law, and legal issues related to social media. Her practice specializes in assisting libraries, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations in transitioning into the ever-changing digital world. She was an academic librarian prior to becoming an attorney, and served as the President of the Texas Library Association. Gretchen has written and spoken extensively on copyright and privacy law, as well as other related issues. She is the author of, among other publications, What You Need to Know about Privacy Law: A Guide for Librarians and Educators and Copyright in Cyberspace 2: Questions and Answers for Librarians. Interview with Gretchen McCord

Course Structure

This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.

Please contact us to arrange a special session of this class for a group of seven or more, with a negotiable discount, or to be notified when it is next scheduled.