The Right to Information Access
On October 30, 2009, the Penn State University Libraries and the Rock Ethics Institute, with financial support from the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy, will sponsor the first Jeremiah Kaplan Institute on Libraries, the Information Society, and Social Policy: "The Right to Information Access." The one-day symposium, which takes place at the HUB Auditorium on Penn State’s University Park campus, will also be available for viewing via live Web stream and will remain available for viewing after the event.
The aim of the symposium is to address some of the challenges that the right of access to information presents for libraries and publishing in a society where it is becoming increasingly easier to disseminate and preserve information, but also increasingly easier to control and monitor access to it. Of particular interest to the participants will be identifying the economic, political, and regulatory factors that tend to prohibit some Americans from accessing the information they need, and the changes that will be necessary in order to ensure continual access in an evolving, and increasingly digital world.
Four distinguished panelists will present and discuss their thoughts. A keynote address will be given by John Willinsky, Professor of Education at Stanford University and Founder of the Public Knowledge Project. He will be joined by Marybeth Peters, U.S. Register of Copyrights; John Palfrey, Henry N. Ess III Professor of Law and Vice Dean for Library and Information Resources at Harvard Law School, and Clifford Lynch, Director of the Coalition for Networked Information.
By drawing on the extensive experience and research of a variety of information experts, the work of this symposium will better enable us to identify and address some of the ethical challenges we confront in orienting ourselves to our rapidly changing world of information dissemination and access. For more information on the event, visit the Web site for the Jeremiah Kaplan Institute on Libraries, the Information Society, and Social Policy.