The right of first sale allows libraries (among everyone else) to provide access to materials they’ve purchased. In the digital era, however, libraries usually license content rather than own it, often at great expense to libraries and at times to consternation on the part of the public.
This event features academics and practitioners who will share context for how and why this came to be, provide factual information as to the impact on libraries and their readers, and detail a more equitable and just approach for how we might balance the interests of copyright with the public interest in providing access to high-quality knowledge.
Speakers include Lila Bailey, Policy Counsel, Internet Archive; Michael Blackwell, Director, St. Mary's County Library; Sandra Aya Enimil, Program Director, Scholarly Communication and Information Policy, Yale University Library; and Michelle Wu.
60-ish minutes of presentations will be followed by a 30-minute forum. Please come through to listen, find community, and participate in this necessary conversation.