Seminar “Free access to information: myth or modus operandi?”
Neljapäeval, 2. veebruaril algusega kell 11.00 toimub Rahvusraamatukogu nurgasaalis seminar “Free access to information: myth or modus operandi?” (“Vaba juurdepääs informatsioonile: müüt või tegutsemisviis?”).
Modern society requires informed citizens. Freedom of expressions is the cornerstone of society. This value is embedded in many human rights declarations. Free access to information is the cornerstone of library services, well formulated in international professional statements. But what does this man in reality? Are we guaranteeing free access to information for all, or is it just a myth? Speakers will dig deeper into the concept and practical value of free access to information, demonstrating its implications but also the opportunities to crate a new driving force for librarians`competencies and library activities and services.
- Prof. Aleksandra Horvat, Department of Information Sciences, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb, Croatia; also teaching at the national teaching Centre for Librarians in Zagreb.
- Dr. Marian Koren, Head of Research and International Affairs, Netherlands Public Library Association, The Haag, Netherlands.
- MA Ene Loddes, National Library of Estonia
The speakers will alternate in their presentations, adding their specific knowledge and background from different countries to the topic.
- Moderator Aira Lepik, PhD
Associate Professor of Librarianship, Head of Graduate School of Social Sciences Tallinn University.
Seminarist osavõtt on tasuta, osalemissoovist teatage 25. jaanuariks Krista Talvile Krista dot Talvi at nlib dot ee või telefonil 630 7129.
Seminari töökeel on inglise keel.
11.00 Free access to information: a myth?
Introduction on access to information: The relation between human rights and public information services, based on international documents.
The special case of access to government information.
For discussion: is providing access to information librarians` responsibility only?
11.50 Free access to information vs. protection of intellectual property (professional issues).
Free access to information does not mean much when there is no information available. Copyright is considered to be an incentive for creativity.
Lending, copying, scanning, digitizing, reproducing, summarizing, describing, informing, playing, performing, displaying, all those acts take place in libraries and all are connected to copyright. It is an important issue for professionals requiring practical solutions. Do we have them?
To discuss: How to cope with copyright? Is copyright really a barrier to free access to information?
12.35 Access to information in the information society. The case of Estonia
Fundamental rights, freedoms and rights of citizens and free access to official information – librarian`s point of view. Protection of intellectual property – practical solutions in the Nations Library of Estonia.
Cases by participants to be debated.
14.00 Free access to information: modus operandi
- How to present free access to information to the general public? Showing of a short film: the public library presents itself
- Protection of data and privacy vs security legislation. Marian Koren
Introduction on the concept of privacy (spatial, informational), with implications in the library field: guaranteeing a minimum of protection for personal data (registration of database, registration of users). But new security legislation may require more from librarians than they wish to do. Ten Commandments: what to do or not to do?
To discuss: what measurements for the sake of privacy need to be taken by the library, the librarians and the users?
14.50 Professional ethics, cases
Librarians work in the daily reality of free access to information. What does this mean in the relation of a librarian vs another librarian; relation of a librarian vs library materials; in the relation towards her users?
To discuss: Cases in Estonia in which a professional code of ethics could help?
15.30 Conclusions and suggestions for follow-up by presenters and moderator