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Friday, 30th October 2009

Cornell University Library Publishes New Digitization Manual

Our friends at TeleRead.org let us know about a new digitization manual from Cornell University Library.

From the Announcement:

"Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for Digitization for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums,” a new book published today by Cornell University Library, can help professionals at these institutions answer that question.

Based on a well-received Australian manual written by Emily Hudson and Andrew T. Kenyon of the University of Melbourne, the book has been developed by Cornell University Library’s senior policy advisor Peter B. Hirtle, along with Hudson and Kenyon, to conform to American law and practice.

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 Web sites that allow users to 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 that staff in libraries, archives, and museums understand 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 addresses 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. Case studies on digitizing oral histories and student work are also included.

The rest of the news release provides background about each of the Peter Hirtle and Anne R. Kenney, the authors of the manual.

The manual is available for purchase $39.95 from CreateSpace.

You can also download the entire book for free by visiting the Social Science Research Network and the eCommons@Cornell.

Source: Cornell University Libraries
Hat Tip: TeleRead


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