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Online Doc ARL "Principles to Guide Vendor/Publisher Relations in Large-Scale Digitization Projects of Special Collections Materials."

by Henry Raine on Wed, Aug 25, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Dear Exec,
 
I received the forwarded email, below, from ARL, asking ACRL to support, and if possible, endorse the document entitled "Principles to Guide Vendor/Publisher Relations in Large-Scale Digitization Projects of Special Collections Materials."
 
ACRL would like the RBMS Executive Committee to prepare a recommendation to present to the ACRL Board by Sept. 24, the deadline for documents for the ACRL Board Executive Committee meeting.

I look forward to your comments and discussion.

Thanks,

Henry 

Dear Exec,
 
I received the forwarded email, below, from ARL, asking ACRL to support, and if possible, endorse the document entitled "Principles to Guide Vendor/Publisher Relations in Large-Scale Digitization Projects of Special Collections Materials."
 
ACRL would like the RBMS Executive Committee to prepare a recommendation to present to the ACRL Board by Sept. 24, the deadline for documents for the ACRL Board Executive Committee meeting.

I look forward to your comments and discussion.

Thanks,

Henry 

-----Forwarded by Henry Raine/NYHS on 08/25/2010 12:16PM -----

To: hraine@nyhistory.org
From: Sarah Segura sarah@arl.org>
Date: 08/10/2010 03:32PM
Subject: Sent on Behalf of Charles B. Lowry - ARL Digitization Principles to Guide Vendor Relations

Association of Research Libraries

 

Dear Henry:

The Association of Research Libraries’ (ARL) Board of Directors 
recently endorsed “Principles to Guide Vendor/Publisher Relations in 
Large-Scale Digitization Projects of Special Collections Materials”, 
which was developed by ARL’s Transforming Special Collections in a 
Digital Age Working Group.  We are encouraging our members to refrain 
from signing future agreements with publishers or vendors, either 
individually or through consortia, that do not adhere to these 
principles. We hope that ACRL will lend its valuable support and 
leadership in moving this agenda forward.

While these principles reflect ARL members’ commitments to responsible 
stewardship for their special collections, we recognize that many 
outstanding special collections reside outside ARL institutions. We 
know that you share our belief that special collections lie at the 
heart of the research enterprise, and we hope that you share our 
concerns about their digitization.

In the evolving networked environment, digital access to special 
collections materials is increasingly important in exposing hidden 
collections and promoting research. ARL members are investing 
substantial resources to digitize their collections both individually 
and collectively. As part of these efforts, large-scale digitization 
strategies appropriately include partnering with commercial vendors 
and publishers, where those relationships conform to the mission, 
goals, and values of the library community.

The nine principles highlight key concerns and articulate basic 
expectations with regard to vendor arrangements for the digitization 
of special collections. We believe use of these principles can assist 
libraries in protecting their collections, advancing their missions, 
and enhancing the value of special collections for research.

Toward this end, we are interested in hearing your reaction to these 
principles. If possible, we also seek the endorsement of this 
statement by your organization.

Please feel free to e-mail me charles@arl.org> or Karla Strieb, 
Assistant Executive Director, Transforming Research Libraries karla@arl.org
> with any questions or comments on these issues.

Best Regards,

Charles B. Lowry, Ph.D.
Executive Director

Association of Research Libraries

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