New CLA online search tool

June 26, 2012

The CLA (Copyright Licensing Agency) have developed an online tool, available from the CLA website.  The resource allows licensees to establish whether or not they can legally scan from a publication under their institution’s CLA licence


Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) news

December 6, 2011

At a CLA Higher Education (HE) Practitioner Focus Group meeting on Monday 5 December, representatives from HE institutions urged the CLA to extend the HE licence to cover the use of images included within the CLA repertoire.

They were clear that for images, this would need to be a blanket licence without reporting requirements, so that academics could source for themselves the images they needed from books and journals. CLA representatives said they would think about this request to have images covered further by the HE Licence.


ACADI meeting summary July 2011

August 1, 2011

ACADI members met at the University of Oxford, Department of Art History.
Topics discussed included:

  • The issues associated with moving or disposing of institutional slide collections.
  • Image quality in subscription image database resources.
  • An update on the Copyright Licensing Agency Licence and the campaign for a digital image licence.
  • The wording of a proposed letter to the Times Higher Educational Supplement was discussed. It will highlight the difficulties of using images under the current copyright legislation.
  • The changing role of the Visual Resources Librarian. Members shared a long list of new tasks included in their remits.
  • A slide catalogue archive was proposed. A list of members’ holdings will be published on the blog.
  • Adoption of electronic visual resources; international comparative study.Vicky Brown and Catherine Worrall are researching the take up of electronic visual resources in the UK & Ireland vs. the USA. ACADI members were encouraged to fill out the survey emailed to the list on 6th July 2011.

Many thanks to Vicky Brown and Christine Robertson for hosting the useful and enjoyable day.

The complete minutes may be downloaded from the members’ page. Join us to read the details!


ACADI Members’ Meeting July 2011

June 21, 2011

ACADI members will be meeting on July 12 2011 at the University of Oxford.

If you are already an ACADI member and would like to come along, please contact victoria.brown@hoa.ox.ac.uk

If you are not yet an ACADI member, please contact n.paine@bathspa.ac.uk


The “new” wishlist aka ‘Proposal for a digital image database licence’

April 5, 2011

This is a re-work of the wishlist (see Jenny’s earlier post) – a much scaled-down version that we nonetheless hope represents ACADI’s needs for a digital image licence, whilst being a more realistic target for the licensing bodies.

It was put together by Katie Hambrook, Jenny Godfrey, Matt Davies and Vicky Brown on behalf of ACADI in March 2011.

Proposal for a digital image database licence

We welcome any thoughts or comments.


Acadi meeting summary January 2011

February 9, 2011

Acadi members spent a useful and interesting day at the meeting hosted by the University of Birmingham. There was a full agenda but there was time to visit the fascinating Barber Institute Gallery at lunchtime. Many thanks to Maria and Aileen for their hospitality.

Slide disposal or relocation The original DACS licence will be checked for conditions relating to this subject. If clarification can be found it will be posted on this blog for reference.

UUK/CLA licence
Negotiations have begun for a new licence (August 2011) with surveys circulated by both organisations. Using the existing licence for images is unworkable – a radical change is needed. It was suggested that individual institutions, or ACADI as a group should make representations directly to the newly appointed CLA HE executive.

DACS digital image licence
Reports from members on the ongoing ACADI campaign for a digital image licence for educational use. UUK (Universities UK) and the LISCOPYSEEK list have been lobbied. The ACADI wishlist for a digital image licence will be posted on the blog.

Image quality in subscription image databases for art and design
Some low-resolution images have resulted in negative feedback from academics. This becomes apparent when the images are projected. It was decided to raise the problem again with the suppliers; providing examples of “good” and “bad” images.

The future of slide collections
It was agreed that we are now at a “crunch point” Discussion covered planning ahead, weeding strategies, the archival value of slide collections and their record of the “history of the history of art”

The changing role of the librarian in visual resources
New responsibilities include  subscription database assessment, image management software implementation and involvement with research repositories and student archives. Teaching/instructional duties are now common; inductions, seminars, workshops, online tutorials, webpage creation and research theory.

Grant awarded
ACADI members Vicky Brown and Catherine Worrall have been successful in their bid for the ARLIS ProQuest Research Award. Their research will investigate the take-up of electronic resources in education, with a comparison between UK and USA. They will contact individual members of the VRA (Visual Resources Association) and ACADI for their views.

Moving images & sound websites Jenny Godfrey’s list of recommended websites will form the basis of a new information page on this blog.


ACADI news December 2010

December 15, 2010

Responses to the DACS draft licence from ACADI members will be forwarded to a representative of UUK for consideration at the next stage of the discussions.

ACADI aim to be represented at a proposed Copyseek seminar to discuss the UUK/CLA licence negotiations. The CLA’s provision for scanning images is of vital importance to institutions represented by ACADI members.

Members offered their opinions on the merits of various image resources for textile design students, particularly in relation to trend-forecasting. There were recommendations for Stylesight and WGSN subscription databases, Trend Union books and forecasting magazines e.g. Bloom, Textile View.

Another question “ Is there an equivalent to AXIS in the Fashion and Textile Design world where you can look up designers and design studios and read about and/or see examples of their work?” is still to be answered.

Library Thing is a  the book-community and personal cataloguing website. It provides a feature to members where links to images of some book jackets may be utilised on their own websites. This is a useful tool but it would be wise to consider the implications in relation to UK copyright legislation

Copyright legislation was also considered in relation to illustrations for feature film DVD cases and promotional film posters.

Marie-Therese Gramstadt recently asked members to participate in a survey about the current state of slide libraries in educational institutions. The survey results form part of her extended research project, recently presented to CHArt. http://www.chart.ac.uk/chart2010/abstracts/gramstadt.html Read more about Marie-Therese’s research on her blog: http://teachingwithimages.wordpress.com/
and in the Ariadne article  Locating Image Presentation Technology within Pedagogic Practice http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue65/gramstadt/

ACADI member Jamie Carstairs conducted a survey of ACADIans in 2009, on behalf of the University of Bristol’s History of Art department. His goal was to discover how similar departments have approached the transition to digitised images and/or online sources. The report contains some useful arguments for retaining slide collections. It includes examples of the varied approaches to digitisation projects across the country.

Glossary

AXIS  (online resource for UK contemporary art)
CHArt  Computers and the History of Art
CLA  The Copyright Licensing Agency (licences for educational use of published information)
DACS  Design and Artists Copyright Society (a visual arts rights management organisation)
UUK  Universities UK (the representative organisation for the UK’s universities).