May 22, 2022

Now Available: Recap of the 2018 Open Libraries Forum Held at Internet Archive

Fast Facts About the Internet Archive’s Open Libraries Project (via OL Web Site)

  • 2.7M Books Digitized
  • 1492 Contributing Libraries
  • 1.2M Books Lent in 2017

From an Internet Archive Blog Post by Chris Freeland, Director of Open Libraries:

2018-11-15_11-02-56On October 18 more than 50 library leaders from across the U.S. and Canada joined us at our headquarters in San Francisco for our Open Libraries Forum. We’ve been holding an annual forum for more than ten years, using the opportunity to bring together thought leaders from across library communities and cultural heritage organizations to envision a digital future for our collections and services.

This year we focused specifically on advancing the Open Libraries program, and its vision of digitizing four million modern books. Discussions focused on the legal and operational issues related to delivering digital books and services for the print disabled community; integrating our controlled digital lending service with emerging ebook platforms and consortia; and building a digital library that is widely used, frequently cited, and representative of the diverse voices in our communities.

Freeland shares four main takeaways from event in the complete blog post.

See Also: Breakout Reports from the Open Libraries Forum (via Google Docs)

Learn More, Direct to Open Libraries Website ||| Open Libraries Advisors

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