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Cataloging Guidelines
Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines
Digitization Guidelines

Please browse the following linked pages for reference in getting started with your project practices. You may find it beneficial to familiarize yourself with some of these metadata schema, copyright guidelines, and digitization practices. If you have a guideline or resource to suggest, feel free to send it to

Cataloging Guidelines

American Museum of Natural History: Digital Special Collections Procedures & Style Guide

Cataloging Cultural Objects

CCO cataloging examples

Darwin Core for Biodiversity Information Standards

Dublin Core Metadata Initiative

Dublin Core to VRA Core Conversion Mapping

Metadata Encoding & Transmission Standard

Metadata Object Description Schema

Public Broadcasting Metadata Dictionary Project

Visual Resources Association Core

VRA Core cataloging examples

Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines

Collage Art Association: Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts (2014)

Visual Resources Association: Statement on the Fair Use of Images for Teaching, Research and Study (2011)

Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States

Digital Image Rights Computator (DIRC)

Creative Commons

Digitization Guidelines

American Library Association

Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines

JISC Digital Media

National Archives and Records Administration

University of Illinois: Best Practices for Digitization

Sustainability Health Check Tool for Digital Content Projects