Library Leaders Forum  2021

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

2021 Internet Archive Hero Award

Librarians Kanta Kapoor (Manager, Support Services, Milton Public Library) and Lisa Radha Weaver (Director, Collections and Program Development, Hamilton Public Library) have been named the recipients of the 2021 Internet Archive Hero Award for helping their communities stay connected to digital books during the pandemic. The Internet Archive Hero Award is an annual award that recognizes those who have exhibited leadership in making information available for digital learners all over the world. Previous recipients have included librarian and professor of law Michelle WuPhillips Academy, the Biodiversity Heritage Library, and the Grateful Dead.

Kanta Kapoor was the first in her family to go to a university. Growing up in New Delhi, she was determined to become an independent woman, and she knew education was the key to success.

“I understand the value of knowledge—to survive in this world, to make a living and make informed decisions,” said Kapoor, who excelled in school and worked at public and university libraries in India for several years before moving to Canada in 2012.

Learn more about Kanta & what fuels her passions.

As a child, Lisa Radha Weaver says she spent most Sunday afternoons at the Kitchener Public Library in Ontario. She has fond memories of the friendly library staff helping her load up as many books as she could carry home.

Then, as a college student at Trent and Queen’s Universities, Weaver again was struck by how kind and generous the people were behind the reference desk at the library. Finally, she asked: How do you get this job?

Learn more about Lisa & what library services means to her.

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


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