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Copyright vs accessibility – the challenge of exploitation | IASA 2012 Annual Conference

Springbok Radio was the first and, in the 1950s, only commercial radio station of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). It closed down in 1985 amidst the arrival of SABC TV and other competition, without much of its content preserved by the SABC. Very little documentation survived the closing of the station. The SABC Radio Archives has been battling with access to and copyright of the collection for many years.


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This paper will seek answers to the question of copyright where no information exists, exploitation where funding, staff and time fall short, and the question of actual ownership. How do we make the past available to the future for futures to come?

Retha BuysOther authors: Ilse AssmannInstitution: SABCCountry: SOUTH AFRICA Paper available in the IASA Journal: http://www.iasa-web.org/iasa-journal-no-41-september-2013 (unfortunately only for members)


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Copyright vs accessibility investigated by making archive material available, specific SABC Springbok Radio archive material!

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Accessing historical archives as a disabled user; with recommendations

Accessing historical archives as a disabled user; with recommendations | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Viv Dunstan:

"I recently gave a talk to a conference for archivists on my perceptions as a disabled user of archives. I have a progressive neurological disease, and sometimes use a wheelchair. ...

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...list of recommendations for archivists to improve accessibility. I will repeat these here, for the benefit of any reading:

Would ask archivists to consider how accessible their search rooms are, including the layout within the room itself. This is potentially of great benefit to physically disabled archive users, but a more accessible layout can benefit users in general as well, for example tables and chairs that are easier to move around, paper catalogues easier to access etc.As a counterpoint to that ask you to be more aware of the potential need for people to research at a distance, and do not always assume lengthy on-the-spot research is practical or the default approach, and consider enabling other modes of provision for usersTo that end make sure that online catalogues are as detailed as they can be, and improve them where necessaryAs well as archivist initiated digitisation projects archivists should consider supporting digitisation on demand, including permitting digital photography of records, whether a per page copying fee is charged for such photography, or waived for disability users"
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Good checklist of points to consider for archives with regards accessibility! 

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Accessibility Makes Incremental Gains | Reinventing Libraries - Library Journal

Accessibility Makes Incremental Gains | Reinventing Libraries - Library Journal | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Char Booth
Spaces. Services. Digital content. Collections. Learning experiences. Interfaces.

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As the most established cultural providers of public space and digital content, libraries share a responsibility to promote universal access to our full range of services for all users, regardless of whether they rely on adaptive technology or not.

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Accessibility and how to remove the "barriers" in a library! 

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