Copyright, Digitize, and Lend: What You Need to Know

Presentation Date: 

Tuesday, July 17, 2018


AALL Baltimore 2018
In a time of limited resources, libraries are always seeking to maximize their reach with decreasing funds. One way to accomplish this goal is through collaborative digitize-and-lend, where libraries share the responsibility of digitizing materials and all libraries can benefit from the digitized versions. This collaborative arrangement can lead to collaborative collection development and resource mining services. Libraries perceive copyright as a roadblock to this vision, and this session seeks to demonstrate why copyright can be a library’s ally instead. It also aims to provide librarians with tools to talk to their deans or counsel, who may be very familiar with copyright, but are rarely conversant with copyright’s provisions as they apply to libraries.