Community Supports Practice of Making Unpublished Materials Available Online

 
This approach to balancing rights and access is intended to make it easier for cultural heritage institutions to provide access to unpublished materials online.

Managers of cultural heritage collections must balance their mission to provide access to collections with their responsibilities to honor rights, and it often has not been clear how to best approach this in regard to unpublished collections. In March 2010, OCLC Research held an event titled Undue Diligence that brought together a wide variety of library, archives, copyright, and legal professionals to address the issues surrounding making unpublished materials available online. Together the group proposed a reasonable approach to providing access to digitized collections of unpublished materials, recognizing that the risks of a rights-related challenge are very low. This approach was captured in a document titled, "Well-intentioned practice for putting digitized collections of unpublished materials online" and a community of practice is now forming around it. By acknowledging that the community supports and is implementing this well-intentioned practice, other institutions should feel confident about making their unpublicized materials available online, as well.

Institutions and individuals may add their support to this community of practice by contacting Ricky Erway.

More Information

Community Support for Well-intentioned Practice for Putting Digitized Collections of Unpublished Materials Online
http://www.oclc.org/research/activities/rights/support.htm

Well-intentioned Practice for Putting Digitized Collections of Unpublished Materials Online
http://www.oclc.org/research/activities/rights/practice.pdf

Undue Diligence: Seeking Low-risk Strategies for Making Collections of Unpublished Materials More Accessible
http://www.oclc.org/research/events/2010-03-11.htm

Introduce Balance in Rights Management
http://www.oclc.org/research/activities/rights/default.htm

For more information:

Ricky Erway
Senior Program Officer
OCLC Research
erwayr@oclc.org
+1-650-287-2125

Melissa Renspie
Senior Communications Officer
OCLC Research
renspiem@oclc.org
+1-614-761-5231

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