May 17, 2022

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.

Request for Proposals: 3rd Party Digitization Initiatives, Library of Congress

LC RFI 3rd Party Digitization Initiatives (Principles)

LC RFI 3rd Party Digitization Initiatives (Sample Projects)

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