February 28, 2018 9:00am — 1:00pm

Digitizing Collections: Permissions and Rights

Chicago Collections Member Workshop
Wednesday, February 28, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where:  DePaul University J. T. Richardson Library – Scholars Lab, 
                 2350 North Kenmore Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614

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Not a CCC Member but interested in this workshop? Please contact Jeanne Long  jlong@chicagocollections.org

In celebration of Fair Use Week, Chicago Collections will be hosting a short panel discussion followed by an interactive workshop exploring how to balance the desire to enhance collections access and visibility through digitization projects, while still addressing the challenges that permissions and rights pose. In this discussion and workshop, presenters will:

• Look at digitization projects as a starting point for conversations about access to the material, and user needs and responsibilities
• Discuss experiences identifying legal hurdles to stakeholders
• Identify resources and networks for assistance
• Discuss the process of establishing and/or working within policy frameworks to balance access, preservation, and liability issues

This event is open only to staff from Chicago Collections member institutions who seek to promote their resources through digitization. It may be of special interest to academic librarians, public librarians, special collections librarians, and archivists. Please note that while the presenters will be discussing legal issues, legal advice will not be given.


Jennifer Thom Dalzin is the Director of Digital Initiatives and Services at the Newberry Library. She specializes in special collections, digital project management, and grant-writing. Jennifer recently served as project manager for a CLIR grant to digitize and make freely accessible images, metadata, and a complete OCR data corpus for 35,000 pamphlets from the French Revolution. She has been leading the effort to evaluate and revise the Newberry's rights and reproduction policies with the goal of making digitized public domain material available for re-use without institutional fees or restrictions. Before coming to the Newberry in 2003, Jennifer was the Curator of Photography and Digital Projects Manager at the Western History/Genealogy Department at the Denver Public Library where she also coordinated the photo sales and permissions. She has her MLIS and a bachelor's degree in Medieval Studies from the University of Michigan.

Morag Walsh is a Senior Archival Specialist at the Chicago Public Library’s Special Collections Division. For the past 10 years she has been responsible for ensuring compliance with the US Copyright Law when authorizing reproductions from the Library’s collections for public and in-house use. More recently she has helped the Library ensure copyright law compliance for a new digitization effort that will result in a much larger digital presence both on the Library’s website, in DPLA and Explore Chicago. She has a Master of Arts in Modern History from Dundee University (U.K.) and has been an archivist in the Chicago Public Library since 1996.

Liz Hamilton is the Copyright Librarian at Northwestern University Libraries and Northwestern University Press. At the Libraries, she provides copyright education to the university community, and consults on copyright issues in projects such as massive open online courses, digitization of library collections, faculty publishing projects, the institutional repository, and more. At the Press, Liz coordinates the open access release of outstanding backlist titles through the NEH and Mellon-funded Humanities Open Book program, as well as the Press’s participation in Knowledge Unlatched, negotiates subsidiary rights and permissions, and consults on day to day copyright issues in publishing. Liz also promotes partnerships between the two organizations. Prior to her dual role at the Libraries and Press, Liz was an assistant at the Press, which sparked her interest in library-press collaboration. She holds an MLIS from Dominican University and a bachelor’s degree in Religion from Oberlin College, and is a 2016 graduate of Harvard University’s “CopyrightX.”