Breaking Down Intellectual Property Barriers with the Alice Exhibit: Down the Rabbit Hole, Past a Mine Field, to a Garden Party
In the fall of 2018, Texas A&M University Libraries sought to craft together the online version of a physical exhibit entitled “’Who in the world am I? Ah, that's the great puzzle!’: The Faces of Alice in Wonderland” as a practical prototype for new digital exhibits software and workflows. The exhibit curator had selected a range of images of Alice over the years: from the original work, long in the public domain, to very recent ones, solidly ensconced in copyright. The preponderance of copyrighted works seemed to present a serious barrier to moving forward with the digital version at first, but upon contacting rights holders, the future began to look bright. This talk/poster will detail the issues and how they were resolved, complete with compiled results as “little data,” along with advice to digital library practitioners in a similar boat.