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The Right to Information Access : The Jeremiah Kaplan Institute @ Penn State:


This is a reminder that this event will be available via a live 
stream on Friday October 30 from 9am - 3pm EDT.

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The 2009 Jeremiah Kaplan Institute on Libraries, the Information 
Society, and Social Policy

"The Right to Information Access"
Friday October 30 -- 9am-3pm EDT


*John Willinsky, (keynote speaker) Professor of Education, 
Stanford University, Founder of the Public Knowledge Project and 
author of The Access Principle: the Case for Open Access. (MIT, 

Title of talk:  "The Intellectual Properties of Learning and the 
Right to Know"

*Marybeth Peters, Register of Copyright, US Copyright Office. 
Author of The General Guide to the Copyright Act of 1976.

Title of talk:  "The Copyright Law and Access"

*John Palfrey, Henry N. Ess III Professor of Law and Vice Dean 
for Library and Information Resources at Harvard Law School . 
Co-author of Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of 
Digital Natives (Basic Books, 2008) and Access Denied: The 
Practice and Politics of Global Internet Filtering (MIT Press, 

Title of talk: "Born Digital"

*Clifford Lynch, Director, Coalition of Networked Information, 
and member of the National Digital Strategy Advisory Board of the 
Library of Congress , Microsoft's Technical Computing Science 
Advisory Board , the board of the New Media Consortium , and the 
Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access.

Title of talk:  "Rights to Knowledge and Remembering"


The United States Constitution codifies the right to free 
expression. But what rights have we to access the results of free 

Libraries," states the American Library Association, "help ensure 
that Americans can access the information they need 0 regardless 
of age, education, ethnicity, language, income, physical 
limitations or geographic barriers - as the digital world 
continues to evolve." But two decades of rapid developments in 
information technologies have revealed a contradiction:  it is 
easier than ever to disseminate information and to receive it, 
but it is also easier to control and monitor access to that 

The first Jeremiah Kaplan Institute on Libraries, the Information 
Society, and Social Policy will address the "right" to knowledge 
and access to information, as well as the changing role that 
libraries and publishers play in supporting access in a networked 
environment.  How must the missions of libraries and publishing 
adapt after the Internet? Who should have access to information 
and knowledge and how can it best be enabled?  What economic, 
political, and regulatory factors impede that access, and how 
might they be overcome?

Four experts, representing the fields of education, libraries, 
information technology, and law and public policy, will explore 
these issues in a day-long symposium held at Penn State 
University's University Park campus on October 30, 2009.

About the Institute

The Jeremiah Kaplan Institute is sponsored by the Penn State 
University Libraries and the Penn State Rock Ethics Institute 
with financial support from the Horowitz Foundation for Social 
Policy. The Institute addresses the topic of information 
technologies and their impact on libraries and associated 
professional ethics and social policies.  The Institute will hold 
one day conferences at Penn State University Park in 2009, 2010, 
and 2011 that will bring together recognized experts to explore 
these topics.

The Institute is held in honor of Jeremiah Kaplan (1926-1993), a 
co-founder of The Free Press (1947), an important publishing 
house devoted to sociology and religion titles. Mr. Kaplan was 
later president of Macmillan Publishing Company and Simon & 
Schuster Inc.

About the Co-Sponsors

The Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy was established in 1997 
as a not-for-profit organization to support the advancement of 
research and understanding in the major fields of the social 
sciences.  Specifically the fields of psychology, anthropology, 
sociology, economics, urban affairs, area studies, political 
science, and other disciplines.  The Foundation was created by 
Irving L. Horowitz, the founder of Transaction Publishers.

The Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State promotes ethical 
awareness and inquiry across the University, and in the public 
and professional sectors, through a three-fold emphasis on 
teaching, research, and outreach.

Mike Furlough
Assistant Dean for Scholarly Communications and
Co-Director, Office of Digital Scholarly Publishing

Penn State University Libraries
University Park, PA 16802