Using Creative Commons Licensing in Libraries & Archives

By December 18, 2019

Heather I. Briston, University Archivist and Head of Curators and Collections, UCLA
Maureen Callahan, Sophia Smith Collection Archivist, Smith College


Many archivists and users of archives experience intellectual property restrictions as a serious impediment for promoting, disseminating, using, and re-using archival materials. This webinar discusses the important opportunity that creators of archival materials have to assert their desire for more open access via Creative Commons licensing.

Speakers explain the suite of options available using Creative Commons licensing to allow creators to give their intellectual property to archives and special collections libraries. Webinar participants will learn strategies for explaining open licenses to donors (and sellers), negotiating for them, articulating them in archival descriptions, and helping researchers make sense of them.

This webinar will be of interest to anyone working to build, administer, steward, and provide access to archives and special collections or other collections governed by a deed of gift.