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Electronic reserve, Copyright, Curricula, Internet resources, Fair use, Academic libraries, Online instruction


The Association of Research Libraries' 2012 publication, Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries, focuses heavily on the concept of transformative use within the fair use analysis. In some cases, the Association of Research Libraries advocates for using the entire work in an electronic format for course reserves. However, current approaches to electronic course reserves and fair use/transformative use arguments are not conducive to utilizing the Association of Research Libraries' recommendations. This article attempts to reframe the conversation by examining fair use in a broad context and the role of the class in the fair use analysis.

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserves on 14/01/2015, available online: