ARL Policy Notes
Most the archives I’ve worked in over the past few years have allowed unlimited digital photography. I camp out at a desk and shoot hundreds of images each day.
From a blog post this summer - My Quirky Workflow | Zachary M. Schrag. File under community practices for copying and scholarship!
[Searchability] is the real leap,” Stingone says. “Because what you find once you have this massive amount of text [is] that you could pretty much put in any word you could think of and find something.

For Biographers, The Past Is An Open (Electronic) Book : All Tech Considered : NPR

Stingone is talking about born-digital materials, but the power of searchability is also of at the heart of the transformativeness of digitization. Digital search is one of the most powerful tools in the hands of a 21st century researcher.

Most information isn’t doing any good sitting in books on shelves in archives, things that haven’t been looked at for several years. We want as much online to do as much research as we can.
Jeremy Pesner, a graduate student at Georgetown University, quoted in The Great American Wicking : The Protojournalist : NPR. (via @MerrileeIam)
We’ve got several boxes of 16mm reels of film from ‘You Bet Your Life’ and we were wondering if Mr. Marx wants any of it. If not, we’re going to destroy all of it tomorrow.

The Day My Grandfather Groucho and I Saved ‘You Bet Your Life’ - Boing Boing

This is why cultural memory institutions like libraries need broad powers to collect and preserve all kinds of works.

UC Berkeley Takes Historic Photos of California Landscape Online

UC Berkeley’s University Librarian Tom Leonard is a little self-effacing as he describes a project that might not have been possible before the Code, making historic California photographs available online in a beautiful digital exhibit of the Fritz-Metcalf Photograph Collection.

1940 4H Club

Courtesy of the Marian Koshland Bioscience and Natural Resources Library, University of California, Berkeley: lib.berkeley.edu/BIOS/

At first glance these photos may be ‘mostly trees and brush,’ but (as Leonard points out) they are a rich source of ecological data as well as of emotional connection to California’s past, and they are emblematic of the kinds of unique and valuable collections in held by research libraries. Here’s Tom Leonard describing the collection and how the Code came into play as the library decided whether and how to share the photos online.

Perhaps my favorite part of the exhibit is the page about use of images from the collection, which has this wonderful exhortation:

The University encourages the use of these images under the fair use clause of the 1976 Copyright Act.

This is the fifth blog post in a series highlighting some of the fair use success stories we’re beginning to hear from librarians using the Code to move past fear and uncertainty and into positive action using their fair use rights. As with every Code of Best Practices, the #librarianscode can, will, and should be applied differently by different people and institutions in different situations. It is not one-size-fits-all. Some will be more conservative than the consensus described in the Code, while others may go further, depending on local circumstances. These stories are not meant to highlight ideal or best applications of the Code, as there is really no single right way to use the document. Rather, these stories show libraries moving from inaction to action thanks to the encouragement and support that the Code provides. How will you use the Code? If you have a story to share, please email socialmedia@american.edu.