Digital Collections Workshop: Risk Management and Rights

Determining your institution’s approach to risk underpins all other work on rights in unique and local collections. This workshop is fundamental to the Alliance’s workshops on rights in digital collections. It enables institutions to develop an appropriate framework in which to determine the rights status of their collections and apply standardized and free-text rights statements.

The workshop is discussion based and requires preparation, active participation, and a follow-up homework assignment in order to fully engage the material.


Leigh Grinstead, Digital Services Consultant, LYRASIS

Supporting Staff

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Elizabeth Duell

Program Support & Events Manager

Orbis Cascade Alliance

Work Phone: (541) 246-2470

Pronouns: she/her/hers


February 22, 9-10:30 PST

Recording of Risk Management and Rights Workshop, February 2018 (Video)

We ask that those who register for the workshop do so as partners. The partners should be someone who works with digitization projects and in determining selection for digitization, and someone in administration who is responsible for risk assessment and policy development for your institution.


Before attending the workshop, please do the following:

Then, please complete the following preparations:

  • After you complete your reading assignment, identify something you’re concerned about with rights in digital collections at your institution. Write a short summary and email to your instructor no less than two business days before the workshop.
  • Your instructor will use your preparatory assignment to create the workshop. The workshop is discussion-based is so much more worthwhile if everyone is prepared.
  • Review the instructions and ground rules, and ensure that you are joining from your own computer and have both a microphone and headphones. The workshop is not a broadcast; it is a discussion.


  • Develop a summary plan for risk management at your institution as it applies to digital collections. This plan should include:
    • Your institution’s approach(es) to risk
    • Staff to be involved;
    • Timelines for full development;
    • Next steps.
  • Email your summary plan to your instructor. Due dates are:
    • February 22, 2018 workshop: March 15, 2018 (early submissions encouraged!)
  • Fill out this very short evaluation. We constantly update our workshops in response to feedback–and it’s only three questions.

This workshop supported in part with a grant awarded by the Oregon Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) program of the Oregon State Library.