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The following resources offer useful information for organizations exploring how to develop and distribute their collections.

Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums
Peter Hirtle, Emily Hudson and Andrew T. Kenyon
Abstract: The development of new digital technologies has led to fundamental changes in the ways that cultural institutions fulfill their public missions of access, preservation, research, and education. Many institutions are developing publicly-accessible websites in which users can visit online exhibitions, search collection databases, access images of collection items, and in some cases create their own digital content. Digitization, however, also raises the possibility of copyright infringement. It is imperative, therefore, that staff in libraries, archives, and museums have a good understanding of fundamental copyright principles and how institutional procedures can be affected by the law. Copyright and Cultural Institutions was written to assist understanding and compliance with copyright law. It discusses the basics of copyright law and the exclusive rights of the copyright owner, the major exemptions used by cultural heritage institutions, and stresses the importance of "risk assessment" when conducting any digitization project. Two cases studies (on digitizing oral histories and student work) are also included.

Available for free download as part of an experiment in open-access publishing at eCommons

Handbook on Copyright and Related Issues for Libraries
A useful publication for anyone concerned with copyright. According to the website, the book "is a practical guide to topical legal questions affecting the information work of libraries in the fast moving digital environment. Each topic is described briefly, the main policy aspects for libraries are outlined, and there are links to library policy statements for further reading." Sponsored by the UNESCO Information for All Programme.

Reports and Papers on Digital Imaging Technology
Besser, Howard and Jennifer Trant. "Introduction to Imaging: Issues in Constructing an Image Database" The Getty Muesum Store.

Cole, Timothy W. "Creating a Framework of Guidance for Building Good Digital Collections." 2002
Conway, Paul.. "Preservation in the Digital World," CLIR Publication 62, March, 1996.
Granger, Stewart. "Digital Preservation and Deep Infrastructure." D-Lib Magazine Vol. 8 Number 2. February 2002
NMT Corporation. "Digital Projects: Communicating with Vendors" April 2003.
Smith, Abby. "Why Digitize?" CLIR Publication 80, February 1999.

Links to Other Related Web Sites
Association for Information and Image Management
American Library Association
American National Standards Institute
Center for Research Libraries
Digital Library Federation
Federation of Genealogical Societies
International Federation of Library Associations
Library of Congress/American Memory
National Information Standards Organization
NDNP: National Digital Newspaper Program
Society of American Archivists
Stanford Copyright & Fair Use