May 26, 2022

New Article: “Copyright, Fair Use and the Digital Age in Academic Libraries: A Review of the Literature”

The following article appears in the latest issue of SJSU School of Information Student Research Journal published by the San Jose State University School of Information.


Copyright, Fair Use and the Digital Age in Academic Libraries: A Review of the Literature


Amanda McCormick
SUNY Buffalo


SJSU School of Information Student Research Journal
Vol. 4 (2014): Iss. 2.


Copyright law in the United States has gained a certain notoriety for its complexity and ambiguity, which has only been compounded by the evolution (or, some would say, revolution) of print resources to electronic resources. The purpose of this literature review is to review the current understanding of copyright law within the context of academic libraries in universities and colleges. Additionally, this review will describe what issues academic librarians face in complying with copyright law in this new digital age while continuing to perform duties such as processing course reserve materials, developing an institutional repository, and maintaining a digital collection. This literature review emphasizes the need for further and continuing education about copyright law among all members of the campus community, and, in particular, academic librarians.

About Author

Amanda McCormick is a recent graduate of the MLS program at the University at Buffalo. Ms. McCormick received her law degree from the University at Buffalo and her undergraduate degree from Hobart & William Smith Colleges.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.