Brewster Kahle posted on the Internet Archive blog this week about plans to preserve print books. Kahle states, “books are being thrown away, or sometimes packed away, as digitized versions become more available. This is an important time to plan carefully for there is much at stake.” As a result, they are building a facility to preserve print copies of every book, record, or movie they are able to acquire. Much more information is in the blog post, including photos of the new facility.
Last week the Internet Archive announced the launch of a traditional In-Library Lending model for a pooled collection of over 80,000 eBooks. The program, available on openlibrary.org, provides access to the ebooks through a web browser and download technology. I had a chance to interview Brewster about the new program in my NSR audio interviews. The full press release on the In-Library Lending program is available at the Internet Archive.
Saturday, January 8th, ALA’s Washington Office is presenting, Turning the Page on E-books, a moderated discussion on the challenges and opportunities for libraries and their patrons from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. in the Convention Center, Room 02. Panelists and speakers include: Brewster Kahle, Digital Librarian and Founder of the Internet Archive; Tom Peters, CEO of TAP Information Sources (huge contributor to the COSLA Report); Rich Weingarten, information technology and policy consultant, and Sue Polanka, moderator of No Shelf Required. Come and join the discussion.