Almost two years ago, the IMA was honored to receive a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to support the creation of the new publication Rights & Reproductions: The Handbook for Cultural Institutions. Read the press release here.
The Handbook will be the first comprehensive resource to focus solely on the rights and reproductions field and will be co-published by the IMA and the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) in Summer 2015. Furthermore, with intellectual property laws and rights and reproductions methodologies ever-changing with the development of new technologies, this digital publication will be a living document that can be constantly updated to stay current with trends and best practices. To this end, the Handbook will be the first reference publication produced using the OSCI Toolkit software developed by the IMA Lab. Learn more about the OSCI Toolkit here.
Since the announcement of the IMLS grant, I and over 30 leading professionals from libraries, museums, arts organizations and law firms have worked tirelessly to identify and prepare the content for the Handbook. Our efforts in writing and editing, as well as entering and designing the content in the OSCI Toolkit have been rewarded by the release of the free online preview that is now available at rightsrepro.imamuseum.org. I am beyond thrilled to see this first tangible iteration of the publication come to fruition. This has truly been a collaborative endeavor among colleagues from a variety of institutions that I am humbled to shepherd into existence.
The preview features the full text of the Disclaimer, Introduction, and Biographies sections as well as excerpts from Chapter 1: Intellectual Property. It is our hope that this preview excites readers about the full ePub that is forthcoming.
While you wait for the final ePub to come out by September (of this YEAR), head on over to the preview of Rights & Reproductions: The Handbook for Cultural Institutions and check it out now! The ePub will retail through AAM at two price points: $4.99 for Tier 1 and non-AAM members and $1.99 for Tier 2 and 3 AAM members.
Rights & Reproductions: The Handbook for Cultural Institutions is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. The project utilizes the OSCI Toolkit, which is supported by the Getty Foundation as a part of its Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative.