Reading and Links
LEARN ABOUT DOCUMENT PRESERVATION AND DISTRIBUTION
The following resources offer useful information for organizations
exploring how to develop and distribute their collections.
Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for
U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums
Peter Hirtle, Emily Hudson and Andrew T. Kenyon
Abstract: The development of new digital technologies has led to fundamental changes
in the ways that cultural institutions fulfill their public missions of access,
preservation, research, and education. Many institutions are developing publicly-accessible
websites in which users can visit online exhibitions, search collection databases,
access images of collection items, and in some cases create their own digital content.
Digitization, however, also raises the possibility of copyright infringement. It
is imperative, therefore, that staff in libraries, archives, and museums have a
good understanding of fundamental copyright principles and how institutional procedures
can be affected by the law. Copyright and Cultural Institutions was written to assist
understanding and compliance with copyright law. It discusses the basics of copyright
law and the exclusive rights of the copyright owner, the major exemptions used by
cultural heritage institutions, and stresses the importance of "risk assessment"
when conducting any digitization project. Two cases studies (on digitizing oral
histories and student work) are also included.
Available for free download as part of an experiment in open-access publishing at
Handbook on Copyright and Related Issues for Libraries
A useful publication for anyone concerned with copyright. According to the website,
the book "is a practical guide to topical legal questions affecting the information
work of libraries in the fast moving digital environment. Each topic is described
briefly, the main policy aspects for libraries are outlined, and there are links
to library policy statements for further reading." Sponsored by the UNESCO Information
for All Programme.
Reports and Papers on Digital Imaging Technology
Besser, Howard and Jennifer Trant. "Introduction to Imaging: Issues in Constructing
an Image Database" The Getty Muesum Store.
Cole, Timothy W. "Creating a Framework of Guidance for Building Good Digital Collections."
Conway, Paul.. "Preservation in the Digital World," CLIR Publication 62, March,
Granger, Stewart. "Digital Preservation and Deep Infrastructure." D-Lib Magazine
Vol. 8 Number 2. February 2002
NMT Corporation. "Digital Projects: Communicating with Vendors" April 2003.
Smith, Abby. "Why Digitize?" CLIR Publication 80, February 1999.
Links to Other Related Web Sites
Information and Image Management
Center for Research
Federation of Library Associations
Library of Congress/American Memory
Digital Newspaper Program
of American Archivists
Copyright & Fair Use