Director of Open Libraries
Kyle K. Courtney
Copyright Advisor and Program Manager
Director for Strategic Initiatives
Associate University Librarian for Research, Collections & Scholarly Communications
Book scanning projects have made tremendous strides in bringing public domain literature online for the world’s scholars and enthusiasts. Materials published after 1923, however, are still not widely available due to US copyright restrictions. The recently published “Position Statement on Controlled Digital Lending” describes a method for addressing this research gap. Through controlled digital lending, libraries can make twentieth-century scholarship available that is largely absent from their digital holdings in a way that respects the rights of authors and publishers. Publishers, too, can participate in controlled digital lending; projects between the Internet Archive, MIT Press, and other university presses are digitizing backlist and out-of-print books and making them available for controlled digital lending. This panel will bring together co-authors of both a related white paper and the position statement to provide an overview of controlled digital lending, as well as the perspective of the publishing community.