MARAC Workshops

MARAC is committed to providing a harassment free environment for its members and others who participate in its conferences, events, and meetings. All attendees at MARAC workshops are required to comply with our code of conduct.


Join us at our 2019 Fall Meeting in Cambridge, MD for the following workshops:

1. Basics of Museum Object Photography for Non-Photographers
2. Copyright Fundamentals for Librarians and Archivists
3. Reparative Archives: Acquisition, Advocacy, Utilization and Transformation
4. Going It Alone: Considerations, Skills, Joys and Sorrows of Archival Consulting

Stay tuned for meeting program and registration!


The Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) and the New Jersey Library Association (NJLA) History & Preservation Section are co-sponsoring a

 Copyright Fundamentals for Librarians and Archivists Workshop

When: Friday, October 25, 2019 from 9am to 4pm
Where: Chester Library, 250 W. Main St., Chester, NJ  07930
Instructor: Peter Hirtle, Cornell University (retired)
Cost: $90
Directions and Parking Information: [http://chesterlib.org/hours-and-location/] - Parking available at Chester Library.

Workshop description:
Even in the best of times, the uncertain copyright status of archival and special collection materials makes many archivists and librarians uncomfortable. As more and more repositories think about eh making material available on the web, anxiety about possible copyright infringement increases. This workshop will explore what strategies special collections can follow to minimize the risks inherent when reproducing and distributing unique and/or unpublished material. Topics covered will include an introduction to basic copyright law and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act; exemptions to copyright such as fair use and the specific exemptions for libraries and archives; methods for assessing the copyright status of materials; and issues associated with particular formats. Attendees should leave with a better understanding of the basics of copyright and be in a better position to work with senior administrators to establish a mutually acceptable level of institutional risk.

About the Instructor:
Peter Hirtle is an Alumni Fellow of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Until his retirement from Cornell in 2015, he served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Cornell University Library with special mandate to address intellectual property issues. Previously at Cornell, Hirtle served as Director of the Cornell Institute for Digital Collections and as the Associate Editor of D-Lib Magazine. He is an archivist by training with an MA in History from John Hopkins and an IMLS with a concentration in archival science from the University of Maryland. Hirtle is a Fellow and Past President of the Society of American Archivists and is a member of its Working Group on Intellectual Property. He was a member of the Commission on Preservation and Access/Research Library Group’s Task Force on Digital Archiving and the Copyright Office’s Section 108 Study Group and is a contributing author to the LibraryLaw.com blog.

Registration available at: Copyright Fundamentals Workshop Registration. Please know that you can renew your membership or join MARAC through the workshop registration form.

For additional information about workshops, contact Paige Newman, 804.340.2280 or [email protected]

Academy of Certified Archivist credits available upon request.

Information regarding workshop cancellation/refund policies is available in this document.