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18th Annual Mortenson Distinguished Lecture


Teresa Hackett

Teresa Hackett

Manager, eIFL-IP (Electronic Information for Libraries - Intellectual Property)

Title: Libraries Advocating for Access to Knowledge:
our role in the global A2K movement

Wednesday, September 17, 2008
4:00pm in the
Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Room 126
Reception following lecture.

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Access to knowledge (A2K) is essential for the functioning of open and democratic societies, economic development and innovation, culture and creativity. As the mission of libraries is to provide access to the world's cultural and scientific knowledge for current and future generations, libraries are natural partners in the global A2K movement. With comparisons drawn with the beginnings of the environmental movement more than fifty years ago, A2K is an umbrella that has brought together diverse groups, including consumer and disability organisations, the free software community, public health activists, as well as libraries, united by the common desire for fair access to knowledge and knowledge-based goods in the digital age. The lecture will examine the role of libraries, especially from the global south, in this nascent movement.



Teresa Hackett is the Manager of eIFL-IP "Advocacy for Access to Knowledge: copyright and libraries", a programme of, an international consortium that supports and advocates for the wide availability of electronic resources by library users in developing and transition countries. The eIFL-IP programme seeks to protect and promote the interests of eIFL libraries and their users in copyright issues at national level and in international policy fora.

Teresa was the Director of the European library association (EBLIDA) from 2000-2003; before that provided technical support to the European Commission library research programme, and was part of the team to establish electronic information centres at the British Council in Germany. Teresa has a special interest in legal issues in information work, especially in the electronic environment. She is currently a member of the Copyright and Other Legal Matters Committee of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA-CLM). Teresa is a chartered librarian and in 2004 completed a post-graduate diploma in legal studies at the Dublin Institute of Technology. Teresa is a native English speaker and speaks Irish, German and Dutch.

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