• Schedule

Oct. 26

Annual Celebration

  • 5:00pm Drinks, Tacos and Hands-on Demos

    Scan a book on our new TT Scribe or play a video game in our Internet Arcade …Search the Next Generation Wayback Machine, or test how well you know fact from fiction in 2016’s Political Ads.   Meanwhile, enjoy a craft brew and San Francisco’s best taco trucks right outside the Internet Archive doors.

  • 7:00pm Program

    The Internet Archive is turning 20! For two decades we’ve been preserving the universe of the Web—how has it changed since we started? We’ll take you on a tour of some of the defining moments of the last two decades–through audio, video, data visualization and more.

  • 8:00pm Desserts, Dancing and Hands-on Demos

    It’s our 20th Anniversary so time to celebrate!  The demos continue along with dancing to the discs of DJ Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus.

Oct. 27

Forum: Day One

  • 8:00-9:00am Breakfast & Registration

    Meet new friends and collaborators over breakfast in the Internet Archive Foyer

  • 9:00am Welcome

    Join us in the Great Room for a welcome by Brewster Kahle, Internet Archive Founder & Digital Librarian

  • 9:15-9:45am Self-Introductions

    Tell us who you are, where you are from and in four words or less–what you want (in the moment, the day, in life or for the world–you decide.)

  • 9:45-10:00am 2020 Vision--Library and Archives Canada

    Sylvain Belanger, Director General of Preservation, shares his clear-eyed Vision of 2020–where the Library and Archives Canada is headed by the end of the decade.

  • 10:00-10:15am Meet New Allies & Collaborators

    Groups of 3:  Find two people you’ve never met and Introduce yourselves!

  • 10:15-11:00am 20/20 Vision — Small Group Discussions on the Future of Libraries

    Groups of 6: Where do you see your organization in 2020? What are the biggest challenges, biggest opportunities?  

  • 11:00-11:30am Report Back

    Reporters share back where there was alignment in our Visions for 2020.  What were the common concerns and opportunities?

  • 11:30-11:45am 2020 Vision--Getty Research Institute

    Chris Edwards, who heads digital services for the Getty Research Institute, shares a case study of collaboration with the Internet Archive across books, images, and the Web. He shares where GRI is seeking to go by the decade’s end.

  • 12:00-2:00pm Lunch: Explore Asia-Pacific Right Outside Our Door

    You’ve selected a restaurant–Malaysian, Japanese, Burmese, Chinese Dim Sum, Korean, Hawaiian, Thai, Italian or Vietnamese–and staffers will guide you and a small group to our favorite neighborhood haunts!

  • 2:00 - 2:30pm Internet Archive's Strategic Path

    Wendy Hanamura, Internet Archive’s Director of Partnership, gives a bird’s eye view of the Archive’s strategic plan and projects.  After hearing about where the Archive is headed, get a lightning tour of some of the projects in action in the Maker’s Space.

  • 2:30 - 3:45 PM Maker's Space — Hands-On Demos of our new tools and those of our partners

    Pick a station, and pace yourself well: we will rotate every 9 minutes (8 rotations)

    Get Lightning demonstrations of our new in-browser responsive Book Reader with full-text search inside books; the Next-Generation Wayback Machine with Web site search; new features in Open Library; Decentralized technologies for Scientific Data sharing and storage; new tools for Web Archiving; plus see how our partners in Genealogy, Numismatics, and the Authors Alliance are building services on top of our collections.


  • 3:45 - 4:15 PM Break

    Mingle in the Internet Archive Foyer with KIND bars to fuel you on through the afternoon.

  • 4:15 - 5:15pm The Long View — Jeffrey MacKie-Mason, University Librarian of UC Berkeley interviews Brewster Kahle in an intimate, one-on-one discussion

    University Librarian, Jeffrey MacKie-Mason is a scholar and expert in human interaction with online information.  Who better to talk with Internet Archive founder, Brewster Kahle about the future of online knowledge, where libraries are headed, and the sustainability of Kahle’s outsized mission: “Universal Access to Knowledge”? Plus a free-ranging session of audience Q & A.

  • 5:15 - 5:30pm Group Photo

    You won’t want to miss this shot.  Look up into the rotunda and say “cheese.”

  • 5:30pm - 8:00pm Evening Reception

    Join us for delicious finger foods and a cocktail or two.

Oct. 28

Forum: Day Two

  • 8:00-9:00am Breakfast & Networking

    Tired after a creative Day One? Grab a gourmet coffee, hot breakfast and rev up for a great Day Two!

  • 9:00am Welcome & Game Plan

    Find out what’s in store up in the Great Room.

  • 9:10-9:25am 2020 Vision: University of Alberta Libraries

    Associate University Librarian, Geoff Harder, gives us a glimpse of where his institution is headed by 2020, including a new repository and scanning center.

  • 9:25-10:25am Keynote Address and Q & A — The Library of 2020

    Brewster Kahle shares his vision for the Internet Archive’s Library of 2020, and what that might mean for all libraries.

  • 10:25 - 10:55am Break

  • 10:55-11:10am 2020 Vision: HathiTrust

    Heather Christenson, Program Officer for HathiTrust, also contributes to HathiTrust’s strategy and services for digital collections. She will provide an overview of where her organization is headed in the next 4-5 years.

  • 11:10-12:10pm Panel: The Path Forward--Legal Strategies & Practices

    What lies beyond Fair Use? What strategies are libraries using now?  Legal experts, David Hansen, University of North Carolina School of Law; Michelle Wu, Georgetown University Law Library; and Lila Bailey, Internet Archive Outside Legal Counsel share real world examples and practices.

  • 12:10-12:25pm 2020 Vision: Library of Congress

    With a new Librarian of Congress in place, what is on the horizon for the nation’s library?  Dr. Carla Hayden has outlined an expansive vision for making the Library of Congress’ collections accessible to all. We’ll hear where LC is headed by 2020 from Tom Rieger, who leads the team responsible for adopting innovative approaches to digitizing analog materials and supporting the resulting digital objects.

  • 12:30-1:30pm Lunch

    Join our full staff in an Internet Archive tradition:  Friday Lunch.  Every Friday, we break bread together with friends, visitors, and volunteers.  50 Fridays a year we taste-test menus, and we’ve commissioned our favorite for you to try.  [Full vegetarian options–but warning:  this is not for the calorie conscious!]

  • 1:30-2:30pm Workshops: Take a deeper dive into working with our newest APIs and tools; learn how to enhance your collections--on your portal and ours.

     The goal is to give you some hands-on experience using our newest tools and APIs.  Work with our engineers and staff to learn how to improve your collection, upload and download at scale, create your own Web archiving crawls, manipulate collections like a data scientist, scan and re-publish a book, and more!  Be sure to bring your laptop, to take a deep dive and bring home tools you can use.


  • 2:30-3:00pm Break

    Sweets and Coffee in the Foyer.

  • 3:00-4:00pm Listening Posts

    We will convene small groups around key topics in our field. Help us define the roadmap for the future. This is your chance to share what is working for you, your needs, and find collaborators aligned with your goals.


  • 4:00-4:30pm Report Back on Listening Posts

  • 4:30-4:45pm Wrap Up & Insights

     What have we learned together?  What are the opportunities?  How can we build fully digital libraries together? Polina Ilieva, Head of Archives and Special Collections at UCSF, helps us wrap up of our time together.

  • 4:45pm Farewell

  • 4:45pm Leave for GIF Collider Premiere: Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive

    Up for a little more fun?  We’ll be taking UBER and BART to the East Bay, to the world premiere of the GIF Collider,

    Did you ever wonder what happened to all the GIF animations that sparkled in the dawn of the internet? According to artists Greg Niemeyer and Olya Dubatova, they have become part of the digital subconscious. BAMPFA invites you to ponder these questions as thousands of GIF animations emerge and collide on the public outdoor screen, in a ballet of memory and erasure. Call it an outstallation,

    A special showcase with music made for the GIF Collider by Paz Lenchantin (of the Pixies) and with live music performances by Trevor Bajus and Space Town is planned for Friday, Oct 28, from 6-8 pm.