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Quick Update on Our Archives

August 17, 2011

Happy Wednesday, dear readers! I hope you are having a lovely day. Hopefully the weather is even nice for your day. Today I just wanted to give you a quick update on our archives before getting back to all the emails that piled up yesterday.

I was hoping to find an announcement to link to, but I couldn’t, so you are just going to have to take my word for it: our archives at Cal State East Bay received a 2011-2012 LSTA funded Local History Digital Resources Project (LHDRP) grant! We are super-excited as this grant not only allows us to have 200 images of the beginnings of our campus digitized and made available on the wonderful Online Archive of California, we also get to attend trainings on digitization, metadata, and even copyright so we can continue with more digitization projects after the grant period. I think this is a wonderful program.

What I just wanted to say today (and give a shout-out) was that yesterday we had our first in-person training and it was an all-day workshop on copyright, formally titled “Minimizing Legal Risks in Digitization Projects.” It was put on by Infopeople and led by Mary Minow. And, this is the most important part, it wasn’t boring and I finally feel like I have a fair grasp on copyright, permissions, and digitization projects! This is amazing because I have sat in on my fair share of lectures on copyright throughout my graduate education and throughout my (short) professional career at conferences, but I’ve never really understood it.

So this is basically to say if you have a chance, definitely take a workshop on copyright with Mary Minnow. She’s fabulous. Also you can check out the blog she runs with Peter Hirtle at LibraryLaw Blog and their full website at Library Law.

I hope you have a great rest of your day and I’ll be back on Friday with some tech news and fun for you to share. Allons-y!

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