About the Collections

CARLI Digital Collections was established in 2006 as a repository for digital content created by member libraries of the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) or purchased by the consortium for use by its members. CARLI Digital Collections uses the CONTENTdm digital asset management tool to describe and deliver digital representations of myriad special collections including printed and manuscript materials, images, and sound recordings. It also guarantees researchers access to cross-institution and cross-collection searches integrating previously disparate and possibly remote special collections.

CARLI Digital Collections is a growing image and special collections research resource for faculty, staff, students, and the public. By combining digital collections from a number of CARLI member institutions into a seamless environment, researchers are guaranteed richer search results on a variety of topics.

The items in the Sanborn Maps of Illinois, 1867-1970 and the Saskia Art Images collections are available only to CARLI member institutions. All other collections may be viewed by anyone with an Internet connection and web browser.

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About Copyright and Image Use

CARLI is not able to grant, waive, or extend intellectual property rights for any of the materials found in CARLI Digital Collections. Each sponsoring institution maintains its own discreet set of copyright restrictions and image use policies on its collections. Contact the collection's sponsor directly for rights information or for permission to reproduce images. Information on each collection’s sponsor can be found within the Rights field of the metadata for any item within CARLI Digital Collections.

About Metadata Use

Reuse options are for metadata ONLY.

CARLI Digital Collections metadata may be reused without prior permission for not-for-profit purposes provided the OAI Identifier or a link to the original metadata record is given.

CARLI Digital Collections metadata may not be used for any commercial purposes without the prior written permission of the owning institution and the CARLI Board. Contact support@carli.illinois.edu for more information.

About Contributing

Are you a CARLI member and thinking about creating digital collections? The benefits include not only access to and training and support for the CONTENTdm digital asset management software, but guarantee that your collection will be available to a large audience. Please contact support@carli.illinois.edu for further information.

About Digitization and Description

Specifications about digitization, workflow, metadata, and other issues are determined on a project basis by member institutions. Contributors do adhere to some required criteria for components of a digital project, but differences may exist in image capture and description from project to project. For particular information on how a digital collection was created, please contact the owning institution.