May 29, 2022

A New Project From OCLC Research: Terms Of Use And Reuse For Finding Aid Metadata

From OCLC Research:

OCLC Research is facilitating a focused discussion about metadata in finding aids within a scoped effort to produce guidelines for terms of use and reuse of finding aid metadata.

We have convened a working group whose members are in contact with archival authorities and associations internationally, such as the Society of American Archivists and the International Council of Archives.

The goal of this project is to promote a culture of sharing finding aid metadata that enables aggregators, consortia and others to more easily use and reuse metadata in finding aids. We plan to accomplish this by leveraging good precedents and providing recommendations on how to state the terms of use and reuse for finding aid metadata. We aim to create a short, pragmatic, forward-looking statement about principles and best practices for terms of use and reuse in the archives community that will provide examples of what this type of openness would and would not facilitate. This statement will include links to existing examples and  sample language that can be edited and repurposed to align with institutional objectives and parameters.

Learn More About the New Terms of Use and Reuse for Finding Aid Metadata Project

Project Team and Expert Consultants

Adrian Turner
Data Consultant
Online Archive of California
California Digital Library

Amy Rudersdorf
Assistant Director for Content
Digital Public Library of America

Gretchen Gueguen
Data Services Coordinator
Digital Public Library of America

Heather Briston
University Archivist
Liaison to SAA IPWG and  WGIP ICA

Jane Stevenson
The Archives Hub

Jodi Allison-Bunnell
Staff Liaison, Content Creation & Dissemination Program
Orbis Cascade Alliance

Katie Fortney
Copyright Policy & Education Officer
California Digital Library

Kerstin Arnold
Projekt “Archives Portal Europe”
Liaison to Archives Portal Europe and Europeana

Lise Summers, PhD
Curtin University
Liaison to CAARA and ASA

Expert Consultants

Anila Angjeli
Département Information bibliographique et numérique (IBN)
Bibliothèque nationale de France
Liaison to Archives nationales de France

Daniel Pitti
Associate Director
Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities
University of Virginia
Liaison to SNAC and EGAD

David Sutton
Director of Archival and Literary Research
University of Reading Library
Chair, International Council on Archives

Gavan McCarthy
Director, eScholarship Research Centre
The University of Melbourne

Ross Latham
State Archivist, Manager, Tasmanian Archive & Heritage Office
Chair, Council of Australasian Archives and Recordkeeping Authorities (CAARA)

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.