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Monday, April 30: Teresa Hackett on Digital Libraries in Developing Nations: Challenges and Opportunities


University: Knowledge Beyond Authority
Internet & Society Conference 2007
Lead Up Event

Monday, April 30
12:30 pm – Berkman Center Conference Room
23 Everett St., Cambridge, MA

The role and mission of libraries is to collect, organise, preserve and make available the world’s cultural and scientific heritage for current and future generations. Publicly funded libraries operating for the public benefit support access to knowledge, as well as education and training, critical to developing nations whose human resource is central to their advancement. Digital technologies are transforming the way that libraries work. What new opportunities are being created? What challenges do we face and how is addressing them?

Teresa Hackett runs eIFL-IP “Advocacy for Access to Knowledge: copyright & libraries”, a programme to raise awareness in copyright issues for libraries in 50 developing and transition countries. The goal is to build capacity and expertise amongst the library community and to represent the interests of members in key international policy fora such as WIPO, UNESCO and the WTO. Previously, Teresa was the Director of the European library association (EBLIDA), 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 Germany. Teresa is currently an Expert Resource Person on the Copyright and Other Legal Matters Committee of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA-CLM). She 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.

Please note, RSVP is required to attend this event – simply send an email to [rsvp at]

This event will be webcast live. Webcast viewers can join the discussion through IRC text chat or in the virtual world Second Life. If you miss the live chat, catch the podcast audio & video at MediaBerkman. Lunch is provided to those who RSVP. Please email rsvp at


  1. Victoria Spain

    April 26, 2007 @ 4:33 pm


    Please inform me the length of the program–for April 30,
    beginning at 12:30.
    Two of us would like to attend–Marat Rakhmatullaev
    and Victoria Spain, from Northeastern University, Boston.
    We have another meeting on the Harvard campus at either
    2 or 2:30.
    Thank you.
    Victoria Spain

  2. Ivan

    July 14, 2007 @ 8:23 am



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