Even in this digital age, millions of books are not accessible to online learners and the reading impaired. The library community hasn’t met this digital demand, stymied by costs, eBook restrictions, and missing infrastructure. Together with library partners, the Internet Archive proposes bringing 4 million books online, through purchase or digitization. Our plan includes at-scale circulation of these eBooks, enabling libraries owning the physical works to lend digital copies. As 1 of 8 semifinalists for MacArthur’s 100&Change award, we seek your feedback. The goal: bringing libraries and learners 4 million eBooks, enabling the free, long-term, public access to knowledge.
Meeting Type: Conversation Starter
Interests: Accessibility (ADA-compliance), Archives, Community Engagement, Digitial Libraries, Digitization, Diversity, Ebooks, Electronic Resources, Emerging Technologies, Equity of Access, Fundraising, Information Commons, Intellectual Property, International Issues, Leadership, Networking, Organizational Change, Resource Sharing, Rural and Small Libraries, Social Change, Technical Services, Technology, Transforming Libraries
Type of Library: Academic, Consortium, High School, Joint Use, Middle School, Native, Nonprofit, Prison Library, Public, Regional System, Research Library, State Library, Student, Tribal, Undergraduate
Cost: Included with full conference registration.