So I made my way to the relevant opac, and searched the catalogue, ending up here.Have you heard the latest gossip about book collecting?! Okay maybe not the latest… This 2-volume set was written by The Met’s very first librarian, William Loring Andrews, and was published in 1900. Both volumes are available for free online through our Digital Collections. #gossip #bookcollecting #bookcollector #bookcollectors #collecting #librarian #bookbinding
I was impressed by the very clear rights statements, see below:
|Copyright Status||public domain|
|Copyright Notice||Material is in the public domain. No restrictions on use.|
|Copyright Information||The Libraries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art make digital versions of collections accessible for research purposes in the following situations: They are in the public domain; the rights are owned by The Metropolitan Museum of Art; we have permission to make them accessible; we make them accessible as a fair use, or there are no known restrictions on use. To learn what your responsibilities are if you'd like to use the materials, go to http://www.metmuseum.org/information/terms-and-conditions|
It is something that libraries should always consider - how to make accurate rights statements clear and easy to find for people who want to further use material. I continue to be frustrated by organisations which state that material which is out of copyright is in copyright.
As an aside the library has a very interesting blog, and you can explore the other museum blogs here.