- to reveal the problems that may arise when clear term for use and reuse are not articulated for archival collection descriptions and;
- to suggest a remedy.
This project was started by the program officer Jennifer Schaffner and included a wide range of team members and expert consultants. Our thanks to them for helping to discuss and articulate the problem, as well as contributing to the solution. For more on this project, you can check out the (now archived) project page. An article (Time to Open Up!) published in Archival Outlook written by Heather Briston and myself also helps to articulate the problem.
We hope that both broader understanding of the issues that can occur when rights for a collection description are not articulated and a ready solution for declaring those rights will lead to greater re-use of the valuable information contained in archival finding aids.
Merrilee Proffitt is Senior Manager. She provides community development skills and expert support to institutions within the OCLC Research Library Partnership.