9:30 – 11:30

The session will be divided into two with the first hour provided by three members of the IFLA International Leaders programme. The speakers will explore the many ways in which librarians are advocating for copyright and share examples of how librarians are mobilising on a variety of issues. The second hour will highlight three topics challenging traditional copyright laws.


Moderator: Evelyn Woodberry (Australia)


1. Building a network of library copyright experts: the example from the Caribbean – Robin Kear (University of Pittsburgh, United States) [see ppt presentation and speaking notes]

2. Analysis of Kenneth Crews’ study on exceptions and limitations to copyright for libraries and archives worldwide – David Ramírez-Ordóñez (Conector Foundation, Colombia) and Robin Kear (University of Pittsburgh, United States)

3. The resistance. The “Librarians to Congress” (#bibliotecariosalsenado) campaign in Colombia. David Ramírez-Ordóñez (Conector Foundation, Colombia)

4. How to help librarians understand copyright in three steps – Zhao Yan (National Science Library, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China) [see ppt presentation]

5. Artificial Intelligence & Copyright: Emerging Issues – Susan Reilly (Qatar National Library, Qatar)

6. Indigenous Knowledge & Copyright – Te Paea Paringatai (University of Canterbury, New Zealand)

7. Open Access – Kgomotso Radijeng (Botswana Institute of Technology, Botswana) [see ppt presentation]

8. Public Lending Right – Christina de Castell (Vancouver Public Library, Canada)