Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Call for Papers: Fair Use & the Visual Arts Lesson Plans (open access e-book)

Call for Papers: Fair Use & the Visual Arts Lesson Plans

Are you a librarian who teaches about copyright and fair use in the visual arts? Do you have a lesson plan that integrates the CAA Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts? Do you teach students to understand fair use around images, art, film, design or media?

The editors of the forthcoming open access e-book, Fair Use in the Visual Arts: Lesson Plans for Librarians, to be published as part of the ARLIS/NA occasional paper series, are seeking submissions of lesson plans around copyright and fair use in the visual arts by librarians. We encourage a wide range of lesson plan topics from  copyright and fair use introductions to classes integrating fair use with visual literacy or ethics. We are looking to include a range of lesson plan lengths as well, ranging from short 15 minute intros to embedded instruction that takes place over several sessions.

Example themes or topics that Lesson Plans might focus on:
  • Understanding fair use in appropriation and remix art
  • The intersection of ethics and fair use in art
  • Teaching fair dealing in Canada
  • Fair use for film, online video, documentary and multimedia projects
  • Fair use for writing about art
  • Teaching the CAA Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts or other codes of best practice
  • Fair Use case studies in the visual arts (Richard Prince, Shepard Fairey, etc.)
  • Integrating Fair Use and Visual Literacy
  • Finding images, image databases, and their rights statuses

Please submit a brief abstract (100-200 words) to by May 15th. Please be sure to mention the context of the lesson (such as audience, time allotted, etc.) as well as brief learning objectives. Please ensure that your lesson plan reflects current fair use practices, especially those outlined in the Fair Use Best Practices Documents (

Deadlines and Schedule for accepted Lesson Plans
  • Deadline for Lesson Plan abstracts May 15, 2017                                    
  • Response by editors to proposals  June 15, 2017                  
  • Lesson Plan due date for authors   August 15, 2017                                                       
  • Completion of editorial review October 1, 2017                              
  • Revisions due date November 1, 2017                                                                 
  • Book published Early 2018                                                                                         

The  ARLIS Fair Use Instruction Materials Task Force:
Bridget Madden
Anna Simon
Margaret English
Alexander Watkins
Danielle Reay