U of I Archivist to Speak on Copyright and Deeds of Gift in the Digital Environment

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Northwestern University Library’s Division of Special Libraries & The Center for Scholarly Communication and Digital Curation present a lecture and workshop on Copyright and Deeds of Gift in the Digital Environment in the Forum Room, Tuesday, September 13, 2:30 – 5 p.m.

William Maher has served as University Archivist and Professor of Library Administration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) since 1995. Prior to this he was Assistant University Archivist at UIUC from 1977 to 1995. He served as Program Officer at the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities from 1985 to 1986. Maher served as President (1997–88) and Treasurer (1991–94) of the Society of American Archivists (SAA), and President (1987–89) and Secretary-Treasurer (1981–85) of the Midwest Archives Conference. He is currently Chair/Président of the International Council on Archives’ Section on the Archives of Universities and Research Institutions (ICA/SUV).


2:30 p.m.: Copyright Basics for Archivists and Managers of Archival Collections
Professor Maher has taught the “Copyright for Archivists” workshop for the Society of American Archivists since 2000 and is the author of one book and over 20 articles on university archival administration, archives and history, and copyright law. For his presentation to us, he will distill those basics of copyright that archivist or librarian needs to know for program planning and daily operations. There will be time for questions and discussion, which might flow into the following coffee break.

3:30–3:50 p.m. Coffee Break

3:50 p.m.: Deeds of Gift in the 21st Century
This is a repeat of a plenary paper on deeds of gift which Maher gave at the ARL meeting in Montreal last May. He covers deeds of gift for materials in all formats: analog, digital, and hybrid. Issues arise when either physical or IP ownership is not in the hands of the library or archives, or museum, e.g. for non-institutional records. It is usually our interest to provide broad access, especially digitally to unmediated audiences. How can we keep our options open while formulating/negotiating deeds of gift acceptable to donors of materials and their estates?

4:30–5 p.m.: Other Topics & Discussion
Topics in this final segment might include any recent legal cases involving copyright and intellectual property (Georgia State, UCLA) as well as the 2010 OCLC Research report entitled “Well-Intentioned Practice for Putting Digitized Collections of Unpublished Materials Online