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Tuesday, December 19 • 12:30 - 13:30
DC on Public Access in Libraries

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TITLE:  Policy Changes for Public Access


This Session of the Dynamic Coalition on Public Access (DC-PAL) has two objectives: the first is to share real-world examples of the important role libraries perform by providing public access to the Internet. Four speakers will bring experience from Africa, Latin America and the Pacific.

The second objective is more ambitious. Building on the Principles on Public Access agreed in 2015, DC-PAL wants to launch a deeper analysis of the tangible policy changes needed to make a reality of public access in libraries.

What are the barriers, and what are the enablers of high impact projects?

What can we learn from different regional experiences? What made them successful or not? Which technology or regulatory framework the respective governments employed?  What policy prescriptions the DC-PAL should prioritize and why?

The DC-PAL session at IGF 2017 will serve as a springboard to start gathering information from all stakeholders.


  • Maria Garrido – Technology and Social Change Group, University of Washington

Maria Garrido will discuss the Developing Access for Information Report (DA2I) that recognizes that access to information is crucial for sustainable development, and offers affirmation of the work that libraries do in guaranteeing public access to the Internet. (20 minutes).


  • Janet Sawaya – EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme and advisor for Initiatives for Africa works on capacity building initiative for public librarians in Africa, and developing new partnerships. Before joining EIFL, Janet worked for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as programme officer in the Global Libraries Programme, and as Deputy Director for Nutrition and Maternal Newborn and Child Health.


  • Winston Roberts – IFLA/National Library of New Zealand. Winston has contributed to government digital strategy development, promoted projects in support of public libraries, literacy and book development, liaised with UNESCO, and represented New Zealand at the World Summit on the Information Society in 2003 and 2005. He was the Secretary of the Conference of Directors of National Libraries (2006 to 2010). He continues to be active in the Regional Section of IFLA for Asia-Oceania and in various other IFLA groups.


  • David Ramirez-Ordonez (remotely). David is librarian, blogger and teacher. He has focused his work on copyright, freedom of expression and freedom of access to information and how the Internet affects our lives. He has participated in regional meetings for exceptions and limitations to copyright for libraries. He is a professional in information science – librarian and has an MA in education. He creates the Colombian Public Domain Calculator, helps to develop the Colombian legal deposit and works in digital libraries. More at www.nomono.co/david


Moderator: Esmeralda Moscatelli, Policy and Research Officer, IFLA

ORGANIZER(S) NAME(S): Esmeralda Moscatelli, Janet Sawaya, Stephen Wyber

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Esmeralda Moscatelli

Policy Officer, IFLA
Libraries and Public Access

Tuesday December 19, 2017 12:30 - 13:30 CET
Room XXIII - E United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)