RLI 279 June 2012 Research Library Issues: A Quarterly Report from ARL, CNI, and SPARC Special Issue on Special Collections and Archives in the Digital Age T ARL libraries, indicators for the strengths of special collections, and development of skills in thehe ARL Working Group on Transforming Special Collections in the Digital Age is focusing on arange of issues including the realignment and mainstreaming of special collections functions in areas of digital and data curation. Other issues for the working group are legal concerns and evolving professional practices around digitizing special collections and archival materials. This issue of RLI addresses the latter two issues. ARL member libraries have embraced digitization— performed in-house or through commercial vendors—as a critical strategy to increase access to their unique collections. In their introduction to this special issue, Peter B. Hirtle, Anne R. Kenney, and Judy In This Issue Ruttenberg highlight the ongoing commitment to increasing exposure, access, and discovery of archival Digitization of Special Collections and manuscript material in the research mainstream, and Archives 2 reaching undergraduates to senior scholars. Access to digitized archival material has dramatically changed the Model Deed of Gift 5 way research can be done. This change has challenged Model Deed of Gift, including Mixed IP libraries and special collections librarians and curators Rights 7 to consider evolving professional practices and legal obligations. Also in this issue is a model digitization Model Digitization Agreement 10 contract for use with outside vendors, as well as model Copyright Risk Management 17 “deeds of gift” that can secure permission from rights holders to make donated material accessible on the web. Finally, Kevin L. Smith, Director of Scholarly Communications at Duke University, presents a critical essay on a new way of thinking about copyright and risk management in digitizing special collections.
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