Lead in Changing Scholarship

This is the report of a workshop run by the LIBER Working Group on Digital Collections at LIBER’s Annual Conference 2015 in London.

The workshop came as the Europeana Newspapers project demonstrated the many activities of digitisation in European libraries. At the same time, countries including Finland, Denmark and Norway were aiming at large scale digitisation, and at securing access to collections of current and copyright protected newspapers.

From that background the working group conducted a survey (carried out by the National Library of Norway), in order to explore the actual situation in Europe. The results of the survey and the findings of best practice examples were presented on the workshop “Digitisation of Copyright Protected Newspapers in European Libraries”.

The following questions were a focus of the discussions:

  • Usage of the digitised newspapers;
  • Legal framework and copyright regulations;
  • Enabling research (eg. via TDM facilities);
  • Access for a wider public, national responsibility
  • Conflicting interests (economical, privacy, public, rights holder etc.)
  • What is “a good enough quality”? Which formats?
  • Tasks of the libraries

Workshop speakers focused on these and other topics in their presentations:

  • Roger Jøsevold (National Library of Norway): Results of the Survey – Copyright protected newspaper digitisation in Europe – Link to the article
  • Tonny Skovgard Jensen (State and University Library in Aarhus): Digitisation of copyright protected newspapers in Denmark– Link to the article
  • Bruno Sagna (Bibliothèque Nationale de France): Digitisation of copyright protected newspapers in France – Link to the article
  • Roger Jøsevold (National Library of Norway): Digitisation of copyright protected newspapers in Norway – Link to the article
  • Torsten Johansson (Royal Library of Sweden): Digitisation of copyright protected newspapers in Sweden – Link to the article