Library of Congress Releases RFI For Possible 3rd Party Digitization Initiatives
The request for information doc was recently added to the FedBizOpps database. Intro and three primary docs below.
Comments are welcome and due by September 10, 2012.
The Library is interested in increasing the amount of its collections materials to be digitized and ensuring that such materials are made available as widely as possible. To that end, the Library seeks to institute a consistent process by which third parties could propose and enter into no-cost contracts with the Library to digitize Library collection materials. The purpose of this RFI is to solicit input from commercial and non-commercial entities in the digital content community, such as digital content publishers or distributors; educational institutions, libraries, archives, and others involved in the development of digital collections and dissemination of digital materials; and researchers and the public. This RFI focuses on topics such as the terms under which either commercial or noncommercial entities would enter into such digitization arrangement; the types of Library collections that might be most attractive to third-party digitizers and researchers; and the overall principles that might apply to solicitation and assessment of third-party digitization proposals.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.