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Library Leaders Forum 2017

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At the last two Library Leaders Forums, we’ve been working with you to envision a collaborative digitize-and-lend service (D&LS) that allows you to sync millions of books with your own holdings and lend them if you own the hard copy. This year, we’re moving ahead—from talk to action—on this important initiative, renamed Open Libraries.

We invite you to join us at the Library Leaders Forum 2017.

WHO: This is a small gathering of Open Libraries stakeholders, partners, and early adopters. We are inviting leaders in law, technology, business, human rights and accessibility. If you have strategic or operational responsibilities to make your library more digital, then this event is for you. If you would like to convince your legal counsel that there is a path forward, you will find tools and answers here.

WHERE: This is a two-and-a-half day event at the Internet Archive headquarters in San Francisco.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 11 at 5 p.m. to Friday, October 13 at 4:30 p.m.

We’ll kick off on Wednesday nite. with a celebration: Internet Archive's 20th Century Time Machine. We honor those like you who are prserving the books, 78RPM records, film, television and Web from the 20th century for audiences in the 21st. It's a celebration, so bring your dancing shoes!

Then it’s time to roll up our sleeves and work! Starting at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 12 to Friday, October 13 at 4:30 p.m. we will convene our annual Library Leaders Forum to help North American libraries turn the vast majority of their collections digital. We'll share the latest legal framework, unveil the latest demo projects, and organize working groups to make progress in key areas.

EVENT FOCUS: Our focus this year is to convene working sessions for Open Libraries stakeholders, partners, and early adopters to put in place the roadmap for digitizing millions of books and providing access to billions of people. We will ask you to join a series of Working Groups below:

  • Curation—we’re working with Digital Library Federation (DLF) and Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) to curate a diverse set of 4 million books. DLF is leading the “Inclusive Curation Project”--a transparent, community-driven process to make sure we select an inclusive collection serving many communities.

  • Accessibility — join Benetech, NLS, LightHouse for the Blind, the Centre for Internet and Society in India and many others to make millions of books accessible to billions of people with print disabilities around the world.

  • Collection Development —once we have a wish list of books, where do we procure them? Join the many libraries whose volumes we will digitize to create the core Open Libraries collections.

  • Service Plan Development—how do we make this easy, turnkey, and fully integrated with your existing infrastructure? What are the minimallhy viable provisions would you need to move forward?

  • Legal—join the working group drafting a Statement on Controlled Digital Lending; what are the tools needed for greater adoption and dissemination?

  • Technology-Digitization—from inventory, shipping, ingest, digitization to OCR, help this Working Group devise the right workflow to digitize tens of thousands of your institutions books.

  • Technology- Presentation, Circulation—authentication, collection integration, discovery, circulation, presentation: we need your expertise and collaboration to build the right tools for a national service.

  • Sustainability & Business Model— how do we sustain the service? In the service plan there are several possible points for chargeable transactions. Help us understand the pros and cons of each business model.

  • Discovery, Citations, Snippets for Education & Beyond: In an era of "alternative facts," trusted sources of information matter. Once digitized, millions of books can serve to ground readers in the published record. Help us plan the "last mile" applications for education, Wikipedia, scholarship and beyond.

Over the last twenty years, the Internet Archive and 1429 contributing libraries have digitized 2.7 million books. Now it's time to do the rest!

Join us in providing more equal and unfettered access to the world's knowledge!

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