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Jersey City Free Public Library; Grover Cleveland Political Cartoon; 
Grover Cleveland Birthplace Historical Site Collection Peter Lee, former slave, ca.1880; 
Hoboken Historical Photographs Collection; Farm Map of Hillsboro, Somerset County, 1860; 
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American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark Collection; Flag Salute, 1950; 
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Resources for Archivists, Curators and Librarians

This page provides resources for Archivists, Curators, and Librarians. Are there websites and online guides you find particularly useful that aren't listed here? Please send a URL and brief description to NJDH.

Copyright and Rights Management

Copyright Kids. An excellent resource that addresses copyright from the point of view of a kid, including obtaining permissions to use copyrighted works in school projects and copyright for their own works. This site includes an excellent section for teachers and parents, to help kids understand and apply copyright to their own activities, as well as a lively, jargon-free introduction to copyright.

Hirtle, Peter. Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States. 1 January 2006. A well-organized, comprehensive, printable chart that can be used to evaluate the copyright status of resources based on type of work and date of creation/publication.

Library of Congress. The Learning Page: How to Understand Copyright Restrictions. A useful FAQ page on copyright, particularly in the context of digital information sites, such as the American Memory Project.

U.S. Copyright Office. Information Circulars and Fact Sheets. The U.S. Copyright Office provides many useful circulars and fact sheets providing both basic and specialized information, including information on fair use, exemptions for libraries and archives, tracing copyright status and more.

Digital Project Management

Library of Congress. American Memory. Technical Information. This website collates all of the standards and best practices for digitizing resources and making them available, for the American Memory Project.

National Archives. Technical Guidelines for Digitizing Archival Materials for Electronic Access: Creation of Production Master Files - Raster Images The National Archives generally "sets the standard" for archival masters. Their guidelines, as well as specifications for vendors supplying digital images to the National Archives, results of tests conducted by NARA, and more, are provided at this site.

IMLS. Connecting to Collections: A Call to Action. Guide to Online Resources > Care for Collections > Digital materials. This resource includes a number of useful links on topics such as copyright for digital material, digital preservation, and risk management.

National Information Standards Organization. A Framework of Guidance for Building Good Digital Collections. This guide focuses on the principles that should inform the objects, collections, metadata and projects that comprise a digitization effort.

New Jersey Digital Highway. Digital Collections: Step by Step. Provides a complete guide to developing and sustaining a digital collection building initiative, with a special focus on small libraries, museums and archives.

North Carolina ECHO. Digitization Guidelines. A complete guidebook to digital projects, including a useful section on targeting the K12 audience.

Washington State Library. Digital Best Practices. A well-organized, clear and concise guide to developing digital collections.

Programming with Digital Information

Agnew, Grace. "Sharing with Users: Nine Simple Steps for Engaging the User" in Digital Collections: Step by Step. This chapter presents simple guidelines for insuring that your digital project has an impact on your target audience.

American Library Association. Becoming American: New Immigration Stories. This is a terrific site with reading lists and programming guides for working with new immigrants.

MASSImpact. Digital Storytelling. This site demonstrates a methodology for creating an immersive environment blending oral history with personal artifacts to engage the audience in online expression.

MuseumLink Illinois. Exhibits. An engaging "behind the scenes" guide to developing an exhibit, intended for a general audience but offering simple guidelines for anyone creating exhibits.

North Carolina ECHO. Presenting Your Digital Project. This chapter in the excellent NC ECHO Digitization Guidelines online book focuses on website design and provides an excellent and practical guide to designing a website that is useful and attractive to a broad range of users, including those with disabilities.

North Carolina ECHO. Targeting the K-12 Audience. This chapter in the excellent NC ECHO Digitization Guidelines online book provides guidance on integrating your digital collection into the teaching and learning experiences of the K-12 audience.

Raiselis, Bob. "What Makes a Good Interactive Exhibit?" in Science in the Stacks. This short essay provides good principles for interactive exhibits that are applicable to all types of exhibits, not just science.

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