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Join experts from the library, copyright, and information policy fields for a two-week virtual event exploring issues related to digital ownership and the future of library collections.

Library Leaders Forum Sessions

Session I: Community Dialogue


In our first session, hear from library leaders as they navigate the challenges of the ebook marketplace, and their concerns about the future of library collections as content moves digital. We’ll also be joined by copyright experts and publishers for a panel discussion on digital ownership.

Speakers include:

  • Brewster Kahle, Internet Archive
  • Jennie Rose Halperin, Library Futures
  • Lila Bailey, Internet Archive
  • Aaron Perzanowski, Case Western Reserve University
  • Charlie Barlow, Boston Library Consortium
  • Jill Hurst-Wahl, Library Futures
  • Kathleen DeLaurenti, Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University
  • Maria Bustillos, The Brick House

Session II: Community Impact


In our second session, we’ll explore the impacts that digital collections have had for libraries during the pandemic. Hear firsthand from educators & librarians about the value of digitized library collections for the patrons, students, and communities they serve. We’ll also feature new developments at the Internet Archive, and how these advances help connect digital learners with books, articles, and other resources.

We’ll also award the 2021 Internet Archive Hero Award to:

  • Kanta Kapoor, Milton Public Library
  • Lisa Radha Weaver, Hamilton Public Library
  • Learn more about these librarians and their innovative work.

Other topics & speakers include:

  • Teaching during COVID – Lauren Sherman, Educator & Lisa Petrides, Founder, ISKME
  • Accessibility – Andrea Mills, Executive Director, Internet Archive Canada
  • Physical donations – Liz Rosenberg, Donations manager
  • Internet Archive Scholar – Jefferson Bailey, Director, Web Archiving & Data Services
  • Turning all Wikipedia references blue – Mark Graham, Director, Wayback Machine

Conference Workshops

Controlled Digital Lending: Unlocking the Library’s Full Potential


Last month, Library Futures Foundation released a new policy document, “Controlled Digital Lending: Unlocking the Library’s Full Potential.” Library Futures Foundation developed this document in consultation with the Intellectual Property and Information Policy (iPIP) Clinic at Georgetown Law. The document covers all the benefits, innovations, and goals that are the basis of any controlled digital lending system and makes the crucial connection between CDL and issues of equity. It expands beyond the legal rationale laid out in the Controlled Digital Lending (CDL) White Paper by clarifying the core principles that are the foundations of a library’s mission to provide access to materials to serve the public good.

This session will provide an opportunity to hear from the authors of the policy document, to engage in a virtual discussion, and to give your feedback on how this document may be useful to your community.

Empowering Libraries Through Controlled Digital Lending


The Internet Archive’s Open Libraries program empowers libraries to lend digital books to patrons using Controlled Digital Lending. Attendees will learn how CDL works, the benefits of the Open Libraries program, and the impact that the program is having for partner libraries and the communities they serve.

Resource Sharing with the Internet Archive

October 27 @ 10am PT / 1pm ETRegister now

Learn about the Internet Archive’s new resource sharing initiatives and how your library can participate.