DEC 10

Works in Progress Webinar: Radical Access—Leveraging Creative Commons Licenses to Open up Archives

This webinar will explain the significant benefits to researchers and archival repositories of negotiating Creative Commons licenses for archival materials at the point of acquisition.

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Webinar slides and links

Slides (pptx)
Association of Research Libraries, Code of Best Practices in Fair Use
Association of Research Libraries, Special Issue on Special Collections and Archives in the Digital Age. Research Library Issues 279 (June 2012)
Creative Commons licenses and examples
Hirtle, Peter B., “Copyright Term and the Public Domain.”
National and State Libraries Australia, Creative Commons guidelines
Research and Learning Agenda for Archives, Special, and Distinctive Collections in Research Libraries  


Heather I. Briston, University Archivist and Head of Curators and Collections, UCLA
Maureen Callahan, Sophia Smith Collection Archivist, Smith College


Many archivists and users of archives experience intellectual property restrictions as a serious impediment for promoting, disseminating, using, and re-using archival materials. This webinar will discuss the important opportunity that creators of archival materials have to assert their desire for more open access via Creative Commons licensing.

Speakers will explain the suite of options available using Creative Commons licensing to allow creators to give their intellectual property to archives and special collections libraries. Webinar participants will learn strategies for explaining open licenses to donors (and sellers), negotiating for them, articulating them in archival descriptions, and helping researchers make sense of them.

This webinar will be of interest to anyone working to build, administer, steward, and provide access to archives and special collections or other collections governed by a deed of gift.

Works in Progress: An OCLC Research Occasional Webinar Series

These webinars are exclusively for OCLC Research Library Partners, but the recordings are publicly available to all.

Works in Progress: An OCLC Research Occasional Webinar Series to talk about work happening in OCLC Research – we'd like to present our work informally and get feedback from you, our Partners. We'd also like this to be a venue for Partner institutions. What are you working on that everyone should know about? What input would help you move forward? Let us know!


10 December 2019


1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Eastern Standard Time, North America [UTC -5]