Controlled Digital Lending, An Overview with Chris Freeland (Internet Archive)

Monday, November 9, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

The BLC is pleased to bring  this webinar and Q&A session to our member libraries. Please join Chris Freeland, Director of Open Libraries, from Internet Archive for an overview of how controlled digital lending works. Attendees will learn how Internet Archive acquires books; how they are scanned in our scanning centers; how they are made available to blind and print disabled patrons; how they are made available to readers one-at-a-time via controlled digital lending; and how they are connected to Wikipedia and other resources. The session will also cover how libraries can join the Open Libraries program to provide access to these books for their patrons, as well as how Open Libraries can be used to make decisions about physical collections.

About the presenter:

Chris Freeland is the Director of Open Libraries at the Internet Archive, working in support of the organization's mission to provide "Universal access to all knowledge." Before joining the Internet Archive Chris was an Associate University Librarian at Washington University in St. Louis, managing Washington University Libraries' digital initiatives and related services. He holds an M.S. in Biological Sciences from Eastern Illinois University and an M.S. in Library and Information Science from University of Missouri-Columbia. His research explores the intersections of science and technology in a cultural heritage context, having published and presented on a variety of topics relating to the use of new media and emerging technologies in libraries and museums.