May 20, 2022

Authors Alliance Posts Interview with Amy Brand, Director of the MIT Press, on “Digitizing The MIT Press Backlist”

We posted about the MIT Press/Internet Archive digitization project when the news broke about one month ago and five days ago Library Journal’s Lisa Peet posted an extended report about the project.

The Authors Alliance/Amy Brand interview is available here. It runs about 700 words.

Here’s one exchange from the interview.

Authors Alliance: What were the biggest hurdles to realizing this project, and how did you overcome these obstacles?

AB: It took us several months to agree on contractual terms that both the Press and the Internet Archive felt comfortable with. In particular, the Press wanted an agreement that allowed us to designate some works in the program as completely open access and others for lending only, and that’s where we landed. I hope that this negotiation process and resulting agreement will serve as a model for other publishers who grasp the many benefits of this opportunity.”

Read the Complete Interview

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( 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, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.