Copyright for Digitization

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Digital projects usually require some amount of copyright assessment. This session introduces the major considerations about copyright and rights statements when digitizing collections: What is copyright? How does copyright affect decision-making? Participants will learn about developing a copyright approach for their institution. The session will also include tools and resources to use for evaluating copyright and its role in digitization projects.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the session, participants should be able to:

Recognize the impact copyright has on digitization planning
Assess their institution's current copyright policy or establish a new copyright policy
Explain the need for a copyright policy and rights statements to stakeholders


Frances Harrell (she/her) is the Executive Director for Myriad, and is responsible for project coordination with all our clients. She is an independent archives professional with over ten years of experience working with cultural heritage organizations. She has spent the larger part of her career helping libraries, archives, and museums achieve their preservation goals through consulting and training in paper, photograph, audiovisual, and digital collections. She has served the preservation field in many professional leadership roles, including as Co-Chair of ALA's Preservation Outreach Committee, Co-Chair of ALA's Digital Preservation Interest Group, Chair of SAA's Preservation Section, as well as serving on the Program Committees for the PASIG conference and the New England Archivists conference. Frances received her MLIS with a focus in Archives Management at Simmons College and her BA in English Literature from the University of Florida.

Academic library: 2 year; Academic library: 4 year and graduate; Archives; Special Collections
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