Every year we work to bring you informative events that highlight the Internet Archive’s programs and impacts. When COVID closures started happening this spring, we were uncertain what that meant for our slate of 2020 events. Rather than close down our events, we embraced technologies like Zoom and Gather, and started hosting larger, online events that reached more people than we generally would have through in-person gatherings. As we wind down for the year, we wanted to take a moment to look back on some of the signature events that we hosted in 2020, and set the stage for what we have in store for 2021.
Library Leaders Forum
Our Library Leaders Forum is an annual gathering of leaders from public, academic, and special libraries. In recent years we have focused our Forum conversations on Controlled Digital Lending (CDL), the library practice that empowers libraries to lend digital versions of the physical books on their shelves. This year, hundreds of libraries used CDL to reach their patrons while their facilities were closed due to COVID, demonstrating the value of the library practice. We used this year’s online Forum to invite in hundreds of participants to hear how libraries used CDL to reach their patrons, and the impacts that it had while their facilities were closed.
- Session I: Policy – Read the blog post, watch the video
- Session II: Community – Read the blog post, watch the video
- Session III: Impact – Read the blog post, watch the video
- “Running Toward Mystery” by Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi
In this new work, an ordained Tibetan Buddhist monk explores what his life lessons have to say about this tumultuous moment in history.
Blog and video available
- “Subprime Attention Crisis” by Tim Hwang
Subprime Attention Crisis makes the case that the core advertising model driving Google, Facebook, and many of the most powerful companies on the internet is—at its heart—a multibillion dollar financial bubble.
Blog and video available
When libraries and schools started closing in March, librarians and teachers turned to our Open Libraries program for help in connecting their students with digital books so that they could learn at home. To help more educators learn about our program, we ramped up our webinar schedule throughout spring and summer, at times offering multiple sessions a week to meet demands.
- Helping Libraries & Schools in Times of Crisis & Closure: Controlled Digital Lending & a National Emergency Library
- How Controlled Digital Lending Works for Libraries
Public Domain Day
To close out the year on an uplifting note, we highlighted the works published in 1925 that will move into the public domain in January during our Public Domain Day 2021 celebration. The event was a rousing success, giving party-goers an opportunity to experience the literature, music, and films that will become part of the public domain in January. Read our blog post recap or watch the full livestream.
In addition to our own events, we were invited to participate in a number of conversations and webinars about our programs.
- Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), the Council of Atlantic University Libraries (CAUL) and the Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA) hosted “Emergency Access and the Prospect of Controlled Digital Lending in Canada: Perspectives”
- Michael Geist hosted “The LawBytes Podcast, Episode 47: Brewster Kahle, Chris Freeland and Kyle Courtney on the Internet Archive’s National Emergency Library“
- Public Knowledge hosted “Controlled Digital Lending: Getting Books to Students During the Pandemic & Beyond”
- CNI hosted “Preserving the Library’s Legacy When a College Closes: Marygrove College Library & Controlled Digital Lending”
We will continue to embrace video conferencing technologies in 2021 and beyond to help more people attend our events and learn about our programs. We already have the following events scheduled in January, with more to be announced soon:
January 21, 2021
Owning, Licensing, and Sharing Digital Content
January 27, 2021
Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story — a Screening Party
Thank you to everyone who attended one of our events in this unusual year. Be sure to follow us on Twitter to learn about new events as they are scheduled.
Warm wishes for a safe and successful 2021!