Best of LRTS Award

About the Edward Swanson Memorial Best of LRTS Award
The Best of LRTS Award is given to the author(s) of the best paper published each year in the official journal of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, Library Resources & Technical Services.

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1998 Co-Winner(s)

Determining Copyright Status for Preservation and Access: Defining Reasonable Effort

Samuel G. Demas and Jennie L. Brogdon LRTS, vol. 41, no. 4, October, 1997, pp. 323-334
Demas and Brogdon investigate the topic of how to determine copyright status for titles under consideration for preservation reformatting or for scanning for the digital library. Using a project and methodology undertaken at Cornell University for their example, the authors clearly and concisely address issues including how to determine copyright status, defining a standard for reasonable effort in determining copyright, and the relative costs and merits of searching alternative sources. The topic and the authors' presentation are significant to several areas represented by ALCTS, including preservation, acquisitions, and technical services processing to enhance patron access to materials. The article is well-written, interesting, and practical. It is a well researched, logical presentation of a complicated issue and a welcome addition to the literature of technical services.