As you're probably aware, the Internet Archive is the digital home to millions of books, movies, software, music, websites, zines, and more. But, as evidenced by a viral tweet from the non-profit in July, most people aren't aware the archive has a physical counterpart. Much of the media collected for the online archive has a physical copy sitting in a shipping container in Richmond, California.
With this special insider event we are opening the doors to an often unseen place. See the lifecycle of physical books acquired by the Internet Archive — donation, preservation, digitization, and access. We'll also present samples from generous donations and acquisitions of books, records, microfiche, and film, and demonstrate the Archive's high-end motion-picture film scanner.