Upcoming webinar (26 October): Book Digitisation, Online Access and Lending: What Infrastructure is Needed for Success?

This webinar brings together practitioners from the California Institute of Technology, Boston Public Library and Project ReShare, and will focus on the library workflows, software and infrastructures involved in digitising books and providing access to patrons. Join us on 26 October 2022, 16:00-17:30 CEST.

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Photo: Chris Briggs on Unsplash

The internet has revolutionised how libraries and their users can access books. Project Gutenberg, started in 1971 is one of the world’s largest online repositories of public domain eBooks. 2019 copyright reforms in Europe now allow for the mass digitisation and access to out-of-commerce and never-in-commerce works including books. Libraries in North America in particular are digitising titles in their collections to create eBooks for lending.

While much of the discussion in America is around digital lending currently and the Internet Archive’s Open Library, a more immediate question for many libraries in Europe is the practicality of digitising books and giving access. These may be public domain materials or in-copyright titles, and involve reforms around out of commerce works or lending under national laws in the light of the Court of Justice of the European Union eBook ruling VOB v Stichting Leenrecht.

Amongst other things, the webinar will include a discussion of secure digital lending technologies that ensure no more copies of copyrighted works are provided to library patrons than are owned by the library in physical form.

Come along to get a better idea of how libraries can put in place infrastructures and workflows to support access to digital content and collections.

Speakers include:

Tommy Keswick. Digital Technologies Development Librarian. California Institute of Technology.

David Leonard. President. Boston Public Library.

Allen Jones. Director of Digital Libraries & Technical Services. The New School.

 In addition to presentations from practitioners, there will be an opportunity for Q&A so you can get answers to your own queries and concerns.

TIME: 26th October 2022, 16:00-17:30 CEST

Register for the webinar HERE