January 27, 2022

Library Journal: All 50 State Librarians Vote to Form Alliance With Internet Archive’s Open Library

From Michael Kelley at Library Journal:

All 50 state librarians have decided to throw their weight behind the Internet Archive’s Open Library lending program.

The Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) voted unanimously during a meeting held October 24-26 in Santa Fe, NM, to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the Internet Archive (IA) that will essentially make the state librarian in each state a point person for the Open Library’s lending program.

Brewster Kahle, the founder of the Internet Archive, made a soft announcement of the agreement during a presentation at the Books in Browsers Conference held in San Francisco from October 26-28.


Jim Scheppke, the Oregon state librarian and the chairman of COSLA’s ebook task force, was equally excited.

“COSLA and Internet Archive share the vision that every public library in the U.S. should provide ebooks, at no charge, to their communities as soon as we can make that happen,” he said.

Read the Complete LJ Article, Watch Brewster Kahle’s Comments at Books in Browsers

See Also: Internet Archive News: “In-Library eBook Lending Program Expands to 1,000 Libraries” (June 26, 2011)

See Also: Learn More About Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.