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Digital Rights Management: A Librarian's Guide to Technology and Practice

By: Grace Agnew

Chandos Publishing

Paperback | Jan 2008 | #173707 | ISBN-13: 9781843341253
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Hardback | Mar 2008 | #173708 | ISBN-13: 9781843341826
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This book provides an overview of the current landscape in digital rights management (DRM), including: an overview of terminology and issues facing libraries, plus an overview of the technology (including standards and off-the-shelf products). It discusses the role and implications of DRM for existing library services, such as integrated library management systems, electronic reserves, commercial database licenses, digital asset management systems and digital library repositories.

It also discusses the impact that DRM 'trusted system' technologies, already in use in complementary areas, such as course management systems and web-based digital media distribution, may have on libraries. Discusses strategies for implementing DRM in libraries and archives for safeguarding intellectual property in the web environment.


The digital rights landscape: issues and trends; DRM implementations today; the legal landscape; Understanding the technology: authentication and authorization; permissions management; DRM in context - the library environment: the impact on library systems; commercial resource licenses; DRM and the repository; DRM and intellectual property: IP in the digital realm - the canonical object vs. the copy; the right to digitize and disseminate library collections; media-specific DRM issues; Getting started with DRM: balancing IP safeguards with user needs; the DRM continuum - where do you fit? existing tools and implementations; planning and implementing DRM in the library

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The author is Associate University Librarian for Digital Library Systems, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Grace Agnew is a noted author and lecturer on digital rights management, metadata and digital video. She is the architect of the Moving Image Collections (MIC) portal, a union catalog for the world's moving images, which is co-sponsored by the Library of Congress and the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA). She was a principal investigator for the NSF Middleware Initiative invitational workshop, 'Digital Rights Management for Research and Education'; she served as an advisor to the American Library Association on the technical implications of the TEACH Act and is the co-author of two books published by the American Library Association.

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