Re: Digitization requests from newspaper publishers Aline Soules 03 Jul 2007 16:13 UTC
Perhaps I'm being cynical here, but my big concern is that after these materials are digitized, we'll all have to pay through the nose to gain access to them. In the case of microfilm, the library retains the copies they have in hand, so at least those materials are still available to all who come into that library. In the case of print, the materials are often gone. Are we giving away the store? Should we not try to act collectively to gain open access or reduced rates for everyone or something? It's getting to the point where one must be affiliated to an organization to get access to information. Individual citizens or those who are trying to run small businesses and don't have the financial resources to rent access to information they need are disenfranchised. What do we need to do to redress this situation and still enable the digitization process to continue? aline Aline Soules Cal State East Bay 510-885-4596 firstname.lastname@example.org -----Original Message----- From: SERIALST: Serials in Libraries Discussion Forum [mailto:SERIALST@LIST.UVM.EDU] On Behalf Of Adelaide Fletcher Sent: Tuesday, July 03, 2007 7:57 AM To: SERIALST@LIST.UVM.EDU Subject: Re: [SERIALST] Digitization requests from newspaper publishers We are going to participate in a similar agreement at my library but for several complete journal back-runs, not a newspaper. We will receive a free institutional site license for one year plus perpetual access to the entire archive (up to the last volume we give them, not to the present). We are not doing the digitization, just packaging the volumes and shipping them to a third party. We are receiving modest compensation for the staff time it will take to do this. -----Original Message----- From: SERIALST: Serials in Libraries Discussion Forum [mailto:SERIALST@LIST.UVM.EDU] On Behalf Of Seth Smith Sent: Tuesday, July 03, 2007 8:21 AM To: SERIALST@LIST.UVM.EDU Subject: [SERIALST] Digitization requests from newspaper publishers I work at one of the largest and most comprehensive state newspaper repositories in the country. We are starting to get requests from conglomerate publishers who want to digitize their titles (going back into the mid-1800s) from microfilm negatives that we filmed in-house over the years and which we store and own. Our relationships with publishers has always been excellent--we recieve free copies of newspapers to microfilm. However, the enormous amount of staff time and money involved in duplicatiing the negatives for digitization, as well as microfilm ownership rights seem like they must be addressed on some level. We are hoping to get an "institutional membership" for these digital archives for which our members and patrons can access either remotely or in-house to offset some of our costs. I'm sure other newspaper archives and serials librarians are running into similar situations. Can anyone offer some helpful suggestions on this? Message has been filtered by MX Logic.