Rights and Permissions: Policies for Reproduction and Reuse of Archival Holdings

Certificate Eligibility: 
5 ARC, 0.75 CEU
1 day
Max Attendees: 
Tactical and Strategic

Making our holdings available for use is fundamental to the archival mission, yet many archives attempt to control further uses in various ways. When is it appropriate for an archives to limit reuse in order to protect its interests?


This one-day workshop explores the issues involved in developing an institutional policy on reproduction and reuse of its holdings in order to permit responsible reuse that is consistent with the law, ethical practice, its financial needs, and its core mission.

Learning Outcomes: 
Articulate reasons for controlling reuse
Distinguish between copyright issues and other reasons for controlling reuse
Explain findings of empirical research into controls on reuse
Describe the issues to be considered in developing an institutional policy on reproduction and reuse
Revise institutional policies as appropriate for particular situations
Who Should Attend: 

Archivists (including managers and administrators) and staff who are responsible for working on and overseeing reproduction and permissions.

What You Should Already Know: 

A general understanding of copyright as it applies to archival material, such as Copyright Law for Archivists: A Risk Assessment Approach or equivalent. Experience with reprographic services, policies, and procedures in an archival institution is assumed.

"I found it very helpful to examine and review parts and pieces of use agreements and policies utilized at a variety of institutions. Comparing and contrasting a wide variety of documents helped me to learn how others have chosen to tackle and address some very complex issues."
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