I wanted to share this announcement from the Association of Research Libraries on the release of an excellent new publication on Special Collections and Archives in the Digital Age, which I think will be of very broad interest within the CNI community. It focuses primarily on legal issues, and is relevant both for born-digital materials and physical materials that a memory organization may plan to digitize. You can download a PDF of the entire issue or individual articles here
For more information, contact:
Association of Research Libraries
Special Collections and Archives in the Digital Age
ARL Releases Pre-Pub of RLI 279
Washington, DC-The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has released a pre-publication version of Research Library Issues (RLI) no. 279, which is devoted to legal concerns and evolving professional practices around digitizing special collections and archival materials.
ARL member libraries have embraced digitization-performed in-house or through commercial vendors-as a critical strategy to increase access to their unique collections. This issue of RLI includes a model digitization contract for use with outside vendors, as well as model “deeds of gift” that can secure permission from rights holders to make donated material accessible on the web. Finally, the issue presents a critical essay by Kevin L. Smith, Director of Scholarly Communications at Duke University, on a new way of thinking about copyright and risk management in digitizing special collections.
The complete table of contents with links to the articles follows:
Digitization of Special Collections and Archives: Legal and Contractual Issues
Peter B. Hirtle, Anne R. Kenney, and Judy Ruttenberg
The pre-publication version of Research Library Issues no. 279 (June 2012) is freely available from ARL Digital Publications.