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The director and staff seemed especially intrigued by some of our recent outreach and events at CSUL, including the traveling exhibits that we have set up for the Agricultural and Natural Resources Archive at Denver's National Western Stock Show, the annual fundraiser for the Water Resources Archive, and "Friends of the Library" events highlighting Special Collection materials.
32) Thus, between the CSUL archives and the Engels archive we have an exciting continuum of documentation on the rural traditions and practices of Colorado's "Germans from Russia" and their Volga German ancestors.
While digitization of local collections has been a major thrust of ARL institutions during the 2000s and is a major goal of CSUL, there appeared to be a polite reticence on the part of our some of our Russian colleagues to entertain conversation regarding creation of digital collections, and more eagerness to steer our conversations towards discussions of material surveys leading to published inventories.
Prior to the conference, CSUL hosted an opening reception where our Russian and Ukrainian guests had a chance to mingle with CSU administrators and faculty, local-area politicians, a representative from Colorado Senator Mark Udall's office, and members of the German-Russian community.
The Public Forum featured more informal presentations by all the Academic Symposium speakers, plus media and video demonstrations and a presentation from CSUL colleagues on workflow and metadata issues involved in digital projects.
Understandably, in their excitement about the project and the potential to conduct genealogical research using documents hitherto "closed", many local residents come to our presentations with the impression that the entire holdings of Saratov-based repositories will be physically transferred to CSUL.
One of the most important lessons we have learned so far has been the lesson of humility--as we realized we needed to put aside the digital-centric sensibility that we cultivate at CSUL to understand the operational, economic, and historic reasons behind the print-based sensibilities of our Russian colleagues.
As implied in the previous paragraphs, copyright information within the CSUL website has evolved in answer to the growing complexity of intellectual property issues facing the library staff and campus at large.
With the ease of using new web-based platforms, many institutions, including CSUL, have opted to mount topical material--including information related to intellectual property issues--in subject guide formats such as LibGuides.
The novice user was a junior-year double major in music and history who had worked within the CSUL system in the Archives and Special Collections Department.
While the novice user had experience working in the CSUL Archives and Special Collections department, she was only able to locate copyright information off of seven Archives/Special Collections web pages.
Various factors, including recommendations from CSU's Library-IT Task Force and our targeted ingest goals for the CSUL Digital Repository, have necessitated that CSUL focus its current external copyright outreach on assisting faculty with modifying their publication agreements with vendors.