Founder, Digital Librarian
Director of Open Libraries
When Marygrove College closed in 2019, a central question for the Board of Trustees was “What will happen to the library?” Serving its local community in Detroit since 1905, Marygrove College had launched the nation’s first Masters degree in social justice and had curated a collection to support the program, along with all of the other degrees offered by the college. After considering various options, the administration decided to donate the entire library to the Internet Archive so that the full collection could remain intact and be digitized, preserved, and made available to students all over the world through controlled digital lending. In this panel discussion you’ll hear from Dr. Elizabeth Burns, president of Marygrove College, Brewster Kahle, founder and digital librarian of the Internet Archive, and Michelle Wu, the visionary leader whose scholarship led to controlled digital lending, as they discuss how the 70,000-volume library has been preserved and made available online at https://archive.org/details/marygrovecollege.