Mark your calendar! ARTstor is hosting a Participants Meeting at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington, DC.

We are fortunate to have two speakers at this meeting. Gretchen Wagner, ARTstor General Counsel, will be speaking about copyright issues related to digital images. Bruce Heterick, Director for Library Relations, will explain initiatives related to the discovery and access of ARTstor materials from other resources. We will close the meeting with a facilitated discussion on the topic of access and discovery of ARTstor content. Please see the agenda below. A light lunch will be provided.

ARTstor Participants Meeting
Saturday, June 23, 2007

Marriott at Metro Center
Montreal Room
775 12th Street NW
Washington, DC

We hope to see you in Washington DC!


1. Welcome

2. Exploring Ways to Share Content Across Educational Institutions
Gretchen Wagner, ARTstor General Counsel
Despite trends toward sharing on the open internet – such as Flickr and YouTube – educational institutions often are hesitant to engage in online sharing of content because of the fears and uncertainty of infringing third party copyrights. Frequently this means that educational institutions try to build their own resources, replicating efforts undertaken at other institutions and creating redundant content, rather than sharing that content with other educational users. This has also meant that some unique materials that would be of value to the broader educational community are inaccessible because of the uncertainties surrounding copyright.

3. “Discovery” in the Networked Environment

Bruce Heterick, Director for Library Relations
As resources like ARTstor and institutions with locally digitized collections look to make content more discoverable for research and pedagogical purposes, there are a myriad of challenges that complicate this seemingly noble ambition. Some of the challenges are technical, some are bound by intellectual property concerns, and like most complicated issues the compromises are sometimes far from optimal. Join us to review some of the technical and organizational challenges that institutions need to consider as they move toward improving the “discovery” of their content in the networked environment.

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact User Services at or 888.278.0079.