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Press Release: ARL Receives Grant from Mellon Foundation to Prepare Code of Best Practices in Fair Use (April 2010)

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April 8, 2010

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Brandon Butler
Association of Research Libraries

ARL Receives Grant from Mellon Foundation to Prepare Code of Best Practices in Fair Use

Washington, DC—The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has received a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop a code of best practices in fair use for academic and research libraries. ARL will undertake the three-year project with the Center for Social Media at American University and the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property in American University’s Washington College of Law.

The project is based on prior codes of best practice for fair use in other fields prepared by professors Peter Jaszi and Patricia Aufderheide, who are part of the project team. ARL Law and Policy Fellow Brandon Butler will be coordinating the project with Prudence Adler, ARL Associate Executive Director. The project will be undertaken in three phases: a research phase, in which the project team will conduct interviews with members of the library and legal communities; a development phase, in which the project team, with members of the academic and research library community, will draft and publish the code of best practices; and an outreach phase, in which the project team will distribute and publicize the code of best practices.

The project will operate between April 2010 and March 2013. If you have any questions about the project, or if you would like to participate in the research phase, please contact

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in North America. Its mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at

The Center for Social Media, led by Professor Patricia Aufderheide, showcases and analyzes media for social justice, civil society, and democracy, and the public environment that nurtures them. The center is a project of the School of Communication, led by Dean Larry Kirkman, at American University in Washington, DC. The Center for Social Media is on the web at

The Washington College of Law Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP) works to advance access to information for teachers, students, artists, programmers, bloggers, inventors, scientists, doctors, patients, and others who depend on it to make essential cultural and economic contributions to society. PIJIP seeks to assure that their voices are heard and interests are recognized. PIJIP accomplishes this through projects they undertake that deal with intellectual property issues across the world, by hosting events emphasizing its values, and through the advancement of information via news articles, blog entries and a website,