What does ‘Archiving in the public interest’ mean? GDPR musings

GDPR is just a few days away!  And the deluge of emails from long-forgotten mailing lists shows no signs of stopping ... There's no need to panic though.  Very few organisations are likely to be fully compliant by the 25 May.  The Information Commissioner's Office after all emphasises that the 25 May is the start … Continue reading What does ‘Archiving in the public interest’ mean? GDPR musings

The Queen’s Speech

Yesterday, in the Queen's Speech at the Opening of Parliament, the UK Government outlined plans for the Data Protection Bill.  The Bill is intended to bring data protection law into the digital age, to give people more control over their own data, and to implement the GDPR.  See page 46 of this Queen's Speech briefing … Continue reading The Queen’s Speech

Joyful June: copyright law to change for the better

This June, copyright changes for the better!  LOOOONG-awaited changes to copyright exceptions are bringing complex and outdated legislation into line with the needs of modern teaching and research.  These changes will treat those using "non-text" materials more fairly, make preservation copying easier, and enable copying into accessible formats to support people with disabilities.  The rights … Continue reading Joyful June: copyright law to change for the better

Five Theses on the Future of Special Collections

"Preservation without use is an empty victory. It ought to be our primary purpose at all times to minimize barriers to use ..." "[It is] crucial to reach out and demystify special collections, to convey the message: 'Please touch. This is here for you. You are special enough for special collections'." So says John Overholt … Continue reading Five Theses on the Future of Special Collections

New from Ashgate – Library Space and Archives in Time

The latest catalogue of librarianship books from Ashgate features a couple which should be of particular interest for special collections: Smith, C and Stead, L. (eds). The boundaries of the literary archive.  August 2013.  Includes contributions by archivists about practical issues in literary archives, such as confidentiality and use in teaching and marketing.  The case … Continue reading New from Ashgate – Library Space and Archives in Time