Transforming our Libraries from Analog to Digital: A Vision for 2020

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Thursday, January 25, 2018


11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Central Time)

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Web Seminar

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Free for AALL members; Non-AALL Members - $60
Site registration is available $125 for members; $150 non-members
Register by January 22 


Today, people get their information online — often filtered through for-profit platforms. If a book isn’t online, some users may miss them entirely.  Yet much knowledge still exists only on the printed page, stored in libraries. Libraries haven’t met this digital demand, stymied by costs, e-book restrictions, policy risks, and missing infrastructure. We now have the technology and legal frameworks to transform our library system by 2020. Join Brewster Kahle, Founder & Digital Librarian, Internet Archive and Michelle Wu, Associate Dean for Library Services, Georgetown University Law Library as they discuss this transformation.


  • learn some of the technologies and services available to support digitizing and lending materials
  • discuss the interplay between fair use, libraries, and lending in online formats  



Brewster Kahle
Founder & Digital Librarian
Internet Archive

A passionate advocate for public Internet access and a successful entrepreneur, Brewster Kahle has spent his career intent on a singular focus: providing Universal Access to All Knowledge. He is the founder and Digital Librarian of the Internet Archive, one of the largest libraries in the world. Soon after graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studied artificial intelligence, Kahle helped found the company Thinking Machines, a parallel supercomputer maker. In 1989, Kahle created the Internet's first publishing system called Wide Area Information Server (WAIS), later selling the company to AOL. In 1996, Kahle co-founded Alexa Internet, which helps catalog the Web, selling it to in 1999. The Internet Archive, which he founded in 1996, now preserves 20 petabytes of data - the books, Web pages, music, television, and software of our cultural heritage, working with more than 400 library and university partners to create a digital library, accessible to all.

Michelle Wu
Associate Dean for Library Services and Professor of Law
Georgetown University Law Library

Before joining the law center faculty in 2010, Professor Wu served as associate dean for information services, director of the law library, and professor of law at Hofstra University School of Law. During her tenure there, she also served as interim senior vice dean for academic affairs. Prior to that, she worked at The George Washington University Law School and the University of Houston Law Center. While at Houston, she oversaw the disaster recovery process following Tropical Storm Allison, including projects to renovate the library, rebuild the collection, and restructure services. Her research interests include copyright, intellectual property licensing, and information management. She has published numerous chapters and articles, the most recent of which is Piece-by-Piece Review of Digitize-and-Lend Through the Lens of Copyright and Fair Use.

Carol Watson 
Director of the Law Library
University of Georgia