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Rights & Reproductions: The Handbook for Cultural Institutions

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.

Cover design for the publication. Artwork depicted: Edward Hopper (American, 1882–1967), Hotel Lobby (detail), 1943, oil on canvas, 32-1/4 x 40-3/4 in. Indianapolis Museum of Art, William Ray Adams Memorial Collection, 47.4 ©Edward Hopper.

Cover design for the publication. Artwork depicted: Edward Hopper (American, 1882–1967), Hotel Lobby (detail), 1943, oil on canvas, 32-1/4 x 40-3/4 in. Indianapolis Museum of Art, William Ray Adams Memorial Collection, 47.4 ©Edward Hopper.

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.

Excerpt from “Chapter 1: Intellectual Property” as presented in the online preview. This particular image highlights the design created to visually differentiate the case studies and text boxes.

Excerpt from “Chapter 1: Intellectual Property” as presented in the online preview. This particular image highlights the design created to visually differentiate the case studies and text boxes.

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.

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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.

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From the Library Shelves

The Stout Reference Library at the IMA has a large collection of materials printed by art museums in the United States and around the world.  I’ve been sorting through them and simultaneously shifting the museum publications collection for several months now.  The collection contains publications like exhibition catalogs, member magazines, annual reports and bulletins.  While it’s well organized, I’m removing materials that would better serve our patrons if  they were added to the online catalog we share with the Indianapolis Marion County Public Library, making them searchable and accessible.   While this collection encompasses items from nearly 400 museums outside of the United States, the total number of U.S. museums has not yet been determined.   Below is a photograph showing the publications I’ve selected that are waiting to be catalogued.

I am currently in the “D’s” for District of Columbia and I continually find little gems along the way. Some catalogs have the signature of past curators, directors of the IMA, or others who have donated materials over the years.  Like this one from Wilbur Peat, found inside the exhibition catalogue American Processional held at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and published in 1950.  Peat served as Director of the IMA from 1929-1965, and set the foundation for documenting Indiana artists.

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