• Schedule

Oct. 11

Party: 20th C. Time Machine

  • 5:00pm Drinks, Tacos and Hands-on Demos at our Annual Bash

    Come scan a book on our TT Scribe or explore virtual reality in our Internet Arcade. Search the Next Generation Wayback Machine, or listen to a vintage 78, now digitized.  Meanwhile, enjoy a craft brew and San Francisco’s best taco trucks right outside the Internet Archive doors. It’s a party for 800 of our best friends.

  • 7:00pm Program

    The Internet Archive takes you back in time through the media of the 20th Century. From 78s to books to film, we are bringing the best of the 20th century to patrons in the 21st century.  Meet the artists, researchers, and civil rights leaders who use the Archive’s rich collections every day.

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

    It’s time to celebrate!  The demos continue along with dancing to the discs of DJ Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus. Be sure to get your Internet Archive gift to take home.

Oct. 12

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

  • 9:15-9:30am Self-Introductions

    Tell us who you are, where you are from and the one take away you hope for—in 10 words or less!

  • 9:30-10:00am A Vision for Open Libraries

    Wendy Hanamura, John Gonzalez and Jim Michalko guide you through the Open Libraries project submitted to MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change competition, $100 million to solve one of the world’s major problems.

  • 10:00-10:30am Partner Perspectives: Stories from the Field

    Short talks by Open Libraries’ stakeholders, including:

    Early Adopter: Leah Prescott, Georgetown Law Center Library

    Library-Publisher Collaboration:  David Leonard, Boston Public Library

    Digitize-and-Lender:  Cherie Bush, Family Search

    Inclusive Curation Project: Hannah Scates-Kettler & Bethany Nowviskie, Digital Library Federation

  • 10:30-11:00am BREAK

    Coffee, snacks and hands-on demos of our TableTop Scribe scanning process in the foyer.  Scanning Center Managers Jeff Sharpe and Tim Bigelow along with Books Engineer Jude Coelho will guide you through the life of an IA book.

  • 11:00-Noon Panel: Fair Use and Library Lending

    Members of the Open Libraries Legal Working group present their “Statement on Controlled Digital Lending by Libraries,” a concise and clear explanation of the legal framework that supports libraries offering digital access to the hardcover books they own. Copyright experts answer the tough questions and bring you up-to-date with the evolving legal landscape for libraries.  Featuring:  Michelle Wu, Mary Minow, Kyle Courtney, David Hansen, and Lila Bailey.

  • Noon Find your Lunchtime Group

    It’s time to find your host in the Great Room and head out for an intimate lunch with a small group. Look on your nametag to remember where you signed up to go.

  • 12:00-1:30pm Lunch: Explore Asia-Pacific Right Outside Our Door

    You’ve selected a restaurant–Malaysian, Japanese, Burmese, Korean, Hawaiian, Thai, or Vietnamese–and Internet Archive Directors and Books Digitization Mangers will guide you and a small group to our favorite neighborhood haunts!

  • 1:30 - 3:00pm Working Group Session I

    You’ll be joining one of four Working Group Sessions.  Head directly to the breakout room to dive into groups working on Curation, Service Plan, Digitization-Technology, and a Legal Q & A.


  • 3:00 - 3:30pm BREAK

    Coffee, snacks and hands-on demos of our TableTop Scribe Scanner in the foyer.  Scanning Center Managers Stacy Argondizzo, Elizabeth MacLeod will guide you through the digitization and OCR process.

  • 3:30 - 5:00pm Working Group Session II

    We’ll break into working groups to roll up our sleeves to get down to the details. How will we make Open Libraries a reality? Head to Working Groups dedicated to Accessibility, Collection Development, Technology–Presentation & Circulation, Legal–Adoption & Dissemination, Sustainability & Business Model.


  • 5:00 - 5:15pm BREAK

  • 5:15 - 6:15pm Keynote Address: Brewster Kahle, Founder and Digital Librarian of the Internet Archive on the Opportunity of a Lifetime


  • 6:15 - 6:30pm Group Photo

    You won’t want to miss this shot.  Gather on the front steps and say “cheese.”

  • 6:30pm - 8:30pm Evening Cocktails & Paella Party

    Library-themed cocktails anyone? We’ll be serving delicious paella hot off the grill, so don’t rush back to your hotel just yet!

Oct. 13

Forum: Day Two

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

    Tired after a productive 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 as Wendy Hanamura maps out what’s ahead.

  • 9:10 - 10:00am Keynote Address: Jim Fruchterman, Founder and CEO of Benetech on Bringing Millions of Digital Books to Billions of people

    Jim Fruchterman is a social entrepreneur who has dedicated his life to bringing scalable software solutions to problems impacting our most disadvantaged communities. He runs Benetech’s Bookshare, the largest digital library serving people with disabilities like blindness and dyslexia. For the blind, ebooks are a gamechanger, yet only one in ten books is accessible to them. Jim will share how working with Open Libraries, Benetech can increase the number of books available to people with disabilities by 10x. He’ll update us on the Marrakesh Treaty and how that will allow Open Libraries to have global impact.

  • 10:00 - 10:30am Partner Perspectives: Stories from the Field

    In short lightning talks, our partners update us on how their efforts dovetail with Open Libraries’ goal to unlock millions of books for broader access. In many cases, these partners are laying the foundation that will guide our way.

    Creators:  Brianna Schofield, Authors Alliance

    Library Infrastructure:  Eric Miller, Library Link

    Mobile delivery: James English, NYPL’s SimplyE

    Global Collaboration: Martin Kalfatovic, Biodiversity Heritage Library

  • 10:30 - 11:00am Break

    Coffee, snacks and hands-on demos of our TableTop Scribe scanning process in the foyer.  Scanning Center Managers Andrea Mills and Kristy Headley along with Books Engineer Davide Semenzin will guide you through the life of an IA book.


  • 11:00 - 12:30am Working Group Session III

    Our third and final opportunity to lay the groundwork for the project ahead.  We’ll combine some groups for collaboration, while others meet for the first time. Working Groups III include:  Curation + Collection Development; Service Plan + Business Model; Legal–Writing the White Paper; Accessibility–Part 2; Technology–Access & Lending Part 2; Discovery, Citations, Snippets for Education and beyond.



  • 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 brought back one of our favorites to share with you.

  • 1:30-2:30pm Internet Archive's Surprise Demos

    Internet Archive engineers have been busy working on early demonstrations of what shape Open Libraries might take. Come see for yourself some early iterations of collections, citations and more!  We’ll demo live our experiments with 3-D interfaces, extracting data from video for better discovery and other bleeding edge ideas.

  • 2:30 - 2:45pm Break

    Sweets and Coffee in the Foyer.

  • 2:45 - 3:15pm Working Group Reports

    Reporters from each Working Group share the conclusions, progress and next steps needed in each area. Together it forms a roadmap of the work ahead.

  • 3:15 - 4:00pm Closing: What the World Looks Like When We Succeed

    We’ve invited amazing leaders to reflect upon what Open Libraries could mean for their communities. It’s an inspiring end to our time together.

    Karen Keninger, Director, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (Library of Congress)

    Mary Lou Jepsen, CEO & Founder, Openwater & former Executive at Facebook, Oculus, Google[x] and One Laptop Per Child.

  • 4:15pm Farewell