November 25, 2015

National Library of New Zealand Posts New Collection Use and Reuse Policy

From a National Library of New Zealand Blog Post:

The National Library and Alexander Turnbull Library have just agreed a new policy on use and reuse of collection items. This is an exciting development, so let’s take a look at some of the challenges we addressed to get here.

Use and reuse of documentary heritage and tāonga is a contested issue. There are a range of cultural, social, legislative and political frameworks which sometimes have conflicting expectations of what libraries and archives should or shouldn’t let happen to the collections they manage.

When it comes to use and reuse of collection items, there are a lot of improvements we can make. With this policy, we now have a path forward – an overarching suite of principles that supports consistency and transparency in our decision making and activities.

Read the Complete Blog Post

Direct to Full Text of New Policy

Hat Tip: Creative Commons New Zealand (via Twitter)

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