Associate University Librarian for Research
University of Michigan
Director, Copyright and Scholarly Communication
Director of Content
Digital Public Library of America
Executive Director, Texas Digital Library
University of Texas at Austin
The HathiTrust and the Texas Digital Library, which are nodes of the Digital Preservation Network, have appointed groups devoted to finding ways to increase access to their collections while preserving human knowledge and the scholarly record. These efforts are challenging because of a number of barriers including the US and international copyright regime, legacy bibliographic metadata, and inconsistent rights expression. While our users increasingly demand access to more content, most are unaware of the conditions, which limit access and the resources that would be necessary to remove those access barriers. The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), a national aggregator for US content, is faced with the challenge of aggregating materials from various sources throughout the country without standardized rights. To meet this challenge, DPLA has teamed up with Europeana to develop an international rights framework for large-scale aggregators. The panelists who are affiliated with the aforementioned large-scale collections, aggregators, and repositories will discuss their efforts to build rights policy that are ultimately designed to increase access to and in some cases, the preservation of the collections that are common good for cultural heritage institutions as well as the general public. The session will include discussion of recent activities, community feedback, and implementation of these efforts.