Overholt: "The future of special collections is openness"

Overholt, John H. 2013. Five theses on the future of special collections.RMB: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage 14(1):15-20


When we claim copyright over our digital collections, or impose permission fees or licensing terms on users, we are arguably misrepresenting the law, and certainly violating one of the central ethical tenets of the profession:to promote the free dissemination of information. And, when those conditions are demanded by donors, we ought to consider whether we can accept collectionsunder such circumstances.

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