May 15, 2012
11 May 2012. Washington, DC—On May 4, 2012, the Board of Directors of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) voted enthusiastically to endorse the Visual Resources Association’s (VRA) Statement on the Fair Use of Images for Teaching, Research, and Study. The VRA Statement is a clear and concise statement of best practices around a medium that can seem especially intimidating for educational users. It is a reliable guide, written by professionals who work with images every day and vetted by well-known experts in the field of copyright. ARL believes the VRA recommendations will help libraries better serve their educational mission by helping to inform library practices and policies with the values of educators, scholars, and students. The ARL Board also notes that the practices described in the VRA statement are fully consistent with the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries, released by ARL earlier this year.