ACRL Arts Section Blog

May 5, 2009

Dance Heritage Coalition Fair Use Project Wraps Up

An announcement and invitation to an event from DHC Project Director, Libby Smigel, via the listserv:

Many of you have become acquainted with the Dance Heritage Coalition (DHC) fair use project, for which we have convened focus groups and also had the opportunity to present some of our interim work at the DLDG meetings of the ALA and scholarly dance conferences.

This two-year project on fair use and copyright issues that have affected preservation of and access to dance-related holdings in libraries, archives, and museums is now complete, and we’re sharing our findings.  A booklet titled “Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use of Dance-related Materials: Recommendations for Librarians, Archivists, Curators, and Other Collections Staff” will be available after May 8 by request from DHC project director Libby Smigel (202/223-8392,  A PDF file will be available online after May 8 at

To celebrate the launching of this document, the DHC is holding a Media Event with light refreshments for librarians, archivists, curators, and their technical staff; faculty in dance, library sciences, or other related fields; critics, scholars, documentary filmmakers, and others who make use of materials held in collections; and media representatives.  If you are interested in attending and will be in the Washington metropolitan area, please RSVP to Libby Smigel to ensure that a nametag and packet of materials will be ready for you.  Event is at the Washington College of Law, American University, from 2-4 p.m., Friday, May 8, 2009.

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