ACRL Comments on AAUP report Academic Freedom and Electronic Communications

On Friday, January 10, ACRL submitted comments to the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) on its updated draft report Academic Freedom and Electronic Communications.

ACRL suggested that the draft report can be strengthened in two important areas: by addressing author options to retain their rights under copyright when publishing and the importance of fair use in the full exercise of academic freedom. In the comments, ACRL encouraged AAUP to expand its statements on freedom of research and publication to more fully address these important copyright issues for the academic community and their faculty members.

Finally, ACRL applauded AAUP for bringing attention to the issue of user privacy and confidentiality for use of library materials, particularly digital content licensed from vendors.