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Orphan Works and Mass Digitization Roundtables: Myths and Realities of Copyright and Fair Use

orphans-home-atchison-kansas-1911-postcardOrphans’ Home, Atchison, Kansas, 1911, image © Thiophene GuyOn March 10–11, 2014, the US Copyright Office convened roundtables on orphan works and mass digitization. Several participants attacked fair use and libraries, misstated the purpose of the copyright system in the United States, or inaccurately portrayed the activities of HathiTrust. An ARL Policy Notes blog post examines some of these misconceptions, or myths, cited at the roundtables and responds to these inaccuracies. An earlier ARL Policy Notes blog post recaps the roundtable discussions, which covered best practices, fair use, licensing solutions, and the issue of whether orphan works and mass digitization need to be treated separately.

 
 

Strategies to Sustain Digitized Special Collections: Ithaka S+R/ARL Web Seminar Video and Q&A Online

A A S Vigilantes of Montana posterVigilantes of Montana poster, courtesy American Antiquarian SocietyMuseums and libraries are taking advantage of advances in technology to move their rare and unique collections online. What most institutions learn quickly is that digitization is the easy part. As grant funding rarely covers ongoing operations, the larger challenge is to develop a successful strategy to make sure the digitized collections remain accessible and relevant over time.

 
 

Strategies to Sustain Digitized Special Collections: Key Lessons from Ithaka S+R/ARL Report “Searching for Sustainability”

A A S Vigilantes of Montana posterVigilantes of Montana poster, courtesy American Antiquarian SocietyMuseums and libraries are taking advantage of advances in technology to move their rare and unique collections online.  What most institutions learn quickly is that digitization is the easy part. As grant funding rarely covers ongoing operations, the larger challenge is to develop a successful strategy to make sure the digitized collections remain accessible and relevant over time.

 
 

Strategies to Sustain Digitized Special Collections: Key Lessons from Ithaka S+R/ARL Report “Searching for Sustainability”

A A S Vigilantes of Montana posterVigilantes of Montana poster, courtesy American Antiquarian SocietyMuseums and libraries are taking advantage of advances in technology to move their rare and unique collections online.  What most institutions learn quickly is that digitization is the easy part. As grant funding rarely covers ongoing operations, the larger challenge is to develop a successful strategy to make sure the digitized collections remain accessible and relevant over time.

 
 

Strategies to Sustain Digitized Special Collections: Key Lessons from Ithaka S+R/ARL Report “Searching for Sustainability”

A A S Vigilantes of Montana posterVigilantes of Montana poster, courtesy American Antiquarian SocietyMuseums and libraries are taking advantage of advances in technology to move their rare and unique collections online.  What most institutions learn quickly is that digitization is the easy part. As grant funding rarely covers ongoing operations, the larger challenge is to develop a successful strategy to make sure the digitized collections remain accessible and relevant over time.

 
 

Vanderbilt Television News Archive

Vanderbilt Television News Archive, Vanderbilt University is one of eight case studies used in Searching for Sustainability: Strategies from Eight Digitized Special Collections (PDF)  (by Nancy L. Maron, Sarah Pickle, and Deanna Marcum), an article published in November 2013 by ARL and Ithaka S+R and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Case Study (PDF)

 
 

Quakers and Slavery

Quakers and Slavery, Haverford College is one of eight case studies used in Searching for Sustainability: Strategies from Eight Digitized Special Collections (PDF)  (by Nancy L. Maron, Sarah Pickle, and Deanna Marcum), an article published in November 2013 by ARL and Ithaka S+R and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Case Study (PDF)

 
 

Maine Memory Network

Maine Memory Network, Maine Historical Society is one of eight case studies used in Searching for Sustainability: Strategies from Eight Digitized Special Collections (PDF)  (by Nancy L. Maron, Sarah Pickle, and Deanna Marcum), an article published in November 2013 by ARL and Ithaka S+R and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Case Study (PDF)

 
 

Home Economics Archive: Research, Tradition, and History

Home Economics Archive: Research, Tradition, and History, Cornell University is one of eight case studies used in Searching for Sustainability: Strategies from Eight Digitized Special Collections (PDF)  (by Nancy L. Maron, Sarah Pickle, and Deanna Marcum), an article published in November 2013 by ARL and Ithaka S+R and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Case Study (PDF)

 
 

Grateful Dead Archive Online

Grateful Dead Archive Online, University of California, Santa Cruz is one of eight case studies used in Searching for Sustainability: Strategies from Eight Digitized Special Collections (PDF)  (by Nancy L. Maron, Sarah Pickle, and Deanna Marcum), an article published in November 2013 by ARL and Ithaka S+R and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Case Study (PDF)

 
 

Florida Folklife Collection

Florida Folklife Collection, Florida Department of State, Division of Library & Information Services is one of eight case studies used in Searching for Sustainability: Strategies from Eight Digitized Special Collections (PDF)  (by Nancy L. Maron, Sarah Pickle, and Deanna Marcum), an article published in November 2013 by ARL and Ithaka S+R and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Case Study (PDF)

 
 

Biodiversity Heritage Library

Biodiversity Heritage Library, Smithsonian Institution is one of eight case studies used in Searching for Sustainability: Strategies from Eight Digitized Special Collections (PDF)  (by Nancy L. Maron, Sarah Pickle, and Deanna Marcum), an article published in November 2013 by ARL and Ithaka S+R and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Case Study (PDF)

 
 

American Antiquarian Society Digital Collections

American Antiquarian Society Digital Collections is one of eight case studies used in Searching for Sustainability: Strategies from Eight Digitized Special Collections (PDF)  (by Nancy L. Maron, Sarah Pickle, and Deanna Marcum), an article published in November 2013 by ARL and Ithaka S+R and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Case Study (PDF)

 
 

How Are Digital Collections Being Sustained? New Evidence-Based Report and Case Studies from ARL and Ithaka S+R Provide Answers

A A S Vigilantes of Montana posterVigilantes of Montana poster, courtesy American Antiquarian SocietyThe Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the not-for-profit research and consulting group Ithaka S+R released today Searching for Sustainability: Strategies from Eight Digitized Special Collections. The report aims to address one of the biggest challenges facing libraries and cultural heritage organizations: how to move their special collections into the 21st century through digitization while developing successful strategies to make sure those collections remain accessible and relevant over time.

 
 

Searching for Sustainability: Strategies from Eight Digitized Special Collections

Searching for Sustainability report coverA report and eight cases studies by Nancy L. Maron, Sarah Pickle, and Deanna Marcum. Published November 2013 by ARL and Ithaka S+R. Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

The report aims to address one of the biggest challenges facing libraries and cultural heritage organizations: how to move their special collections into the 21st century through digitization while developing successful strategies to make sure those collections remain accessible and relevant over time.

Report (PDF)

Case studies:

See also the video of the January 2014 web seminar with ARL, Ithaka S+R, and speakers from the eight case studies presented in the Searching for Sustainability report.

 
 

Digital Image Collections and Services, SPEC Kit 335, Published by ARL

ARL has published Digital Image Collections and Services, SPEC Kit 335, which examines how research libraries and their parent institutions have responded to the transition from analog to digital images and the growth of digital images available from commercial vendors and/or created within institutions or their libraries. The survey gathers information about current practices relating to the development and management of institutional digital image collections and the acquisition and use of licensed image databases.

 
 

SPEC Kit 335: Digital Image Collections and Services (August 2013)

SPEC Kit 335 examines how research libraries and their parent institutions have responded to the transition from analog to digital images and the growth of digital images available from commercial vendors and/or created within institutions or their libraries. The survey gathers information about current practices relating to the development and management of institutional digital image collections and the acquisition and use of licensed image databases. It explores the infrastructure and support provided by research libraries and/or their institutions for the creation and use of digital images in teaching, learning, and research, including systems and platforms, cataloging and metadata, access and training, services and service points, and copyright and other rights issues. It also identifies collaborative strategies among ARL member institutions for providing digital images. The SPEC Kit includes examples of digital image collection websites, finding aids, image use training materials, copyright and use rights policies, selection policies, descriptions of digital image service points, and digital collection promotional materials.

This publication is available for purchase in both print and online versions. Download the spec-kit-purchase-options-2013.pdf  for complete pricing and purchase options information.

Link to the online SPEC Kit 335 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
 

Duke Libraries Uses Mellon Grant to Support Digital Classics

duke-u-papyrus-collection-fragmentFragment from Duke's papyrus collection, image © DukeDuke University Libraries is establishing a new unit, Duke Collaboratory for Classics Computing (DC3), that will use digital technologies to analyze some of the world's oldest documents and artifacts. Funded by a $500,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the DC3 will be led by Joshua D. Sosin, associate professor of classical studies and history at Duke, who will also assume a joint appointment within the libraries.

 
 

Appraising Our Digital Investment: Sustainability of Digitized Special Collections: Webcast

This March 7, 2013, webcast presented by ARL and Ithaka S+R provides an overview of the recent report of the same name as well as community responses to the findings. Speakers include Judy Ruttenberg (ARL), Nancy Maron (Ithaka S+R), Lisa Carter (Ohio State University), Anne Kenney (Cornell University), Ann Thornton (New York Public Library), and Sarah Pickle (Ithaka S+R).

 
 

Appraising our Digital Investment: Sustainability of Digitized Special Collections in ARL Libraries

While many research libraries have begun to digitize their collections and share best practices around the steps required to create digital content, much less is known about what happens post-launch. Building on previous research by Ithaka S+R that defined key aspects of sustainable digital content, Appraising our Digital Investment: Sustainability of Digitized Special Collections in ARL Libraries offers a first look at the practices, attitudes, costs, and revenues associated with caring for digitized special collections. The report shares results from a survey conducted on the sustainability of digitized special collections at ARL member institutions.

pdf digitizing-special-collections-report-21feb13.pdf

 
 

ARL and Ithaka S+R Release Findings on Sustainability of Digitized Special Collections

jack-kerouac-manuscript-photo-by-thomas-hawkPhoto of Jack Kerouac manuscript, image © Thomas HawkARL and Ithaka S+R today released Appraising our Digital Investment: Sustainability of Digitized Special Collections in ARL Libraries (PDF), a report on findings from an ARL-Ithaka S+R survey of ARL libraries on the range of activities and expenses that libraries undertake to support their digitized special collections.

 
 

Scanning Maps: Quantifying Errors to Inform Future Image Capture Efforts

Poster presented at the LCDP Luminary Class, June 2012. In 2009, Stanford began an effort to scan its maps. Scanning large format items such as maps create a multitude of challenges. One of these challenges is to capture the map with specifications that meet all known repurposing needs. A prominent repurposing need is to ensure that the map can be consumed in a Geographic Information System (GIS). A team of Stanford University Library staff consisting of Patricia Carbajales, G. Salim Mohammed, Matt Pearson and Renzo Sanchez-Silva (noted here in alpha order) along with student assistants, conducted a detailed study of a Russian Topographic scanned map where details were visually inspected and checked for scanning errors.

pdf lcdp-2012-poster-g-salim-mohammed.pdf

 
 

Research Library Issues, no. 279 (June 2012)

RLI issue 279 includes:

  • Digitization of Special Collections and Archives: Legal and Contractual Issues
  • Model Deed of Gift
  • Model Deed of Gift, including Mixed IP Rights
  • Model Digitization Agreement
  • Copyright Risk Management: Principles and Strategies for Large-Scale Digitization Projects in Special Collections
 
 

Fall Forum 2011: Creating Global Resources Using Digital Technology

Presented at the ARL/CNI Fall Forum, "21st-Century Collections and the Urgency of Collaborative Action," October 2011.

pdf ff11-magier.pdf

 
 

Membership Meeting 2011 (Spring): Copyright Risk and Reward in Mass Digitization

Presented at the 158th ARL Membership Meeting, May 2011.

pdf mm11sp-smith.pdf

 
 

New Roles for New Times: Digital Curation for Preservation

The New Roles for New Times series identifies and delineates emerging roles and present research on early experiences among member libraries in developing the roles and delivering services. This report looks at how libraries are developing new roles and services in the arena of digital curation for preservation.

The authors consider a “promising set of new roles that libraries are currently carving out in the digital arena,” describing emerging strategies for libraries and librarians and highlighting collaborative approaches through a series of case studies of key programs and projects. They also provide helpful definitions and offer recommendations for libraries considering how best to make or expand their investments in digital curation. Issues and developments within and across the sciences and humanities are considered.

pdf nrnt_digital_curation17mar11.pdf

Hardcopy also available for purchase for $25.00 plus shipping & handling.

 
 

Membership Meeting 2010 (Spring): The HathiTrust v.1 and v.2 Business Models

Presented at the 156th ARL Membership Meeting, April 2010.

pdf mm10sp-wilkin.pdf

 
 

Principles to Guide Vendor/Publisher Relations in Large-Scale Digitization Projects of Special Collections Materials

Principles endorsed by the Association of Research Libraries Board of Directors on July 26, 2010.

pdf principles_large_scale_digitization.pdf

 
 

Letter to Chairman Moran and Ranking Member Simpson Regarding NEH Funding for FY2010

On behalf of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the American Library Association (ALA), we write to express strong support for funding of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Division of Preservation and Access.

pdf lt-dicks-simpson-neh-11budget.pdf

 
 

Testimony to Senate on National Endowment of Humanities Funding for FY2010

On behalf of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the American Library Association (ALA), we write to express strong support for funding of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Division of Preservation and Access.

pdf tstnehsenate2011final.pdf

 
 
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