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ARL Announces New Visiting Program Officer

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UIUC’s Janice Pilch Named ARL Visiting Program Officer

August 7, 2009

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Prue Adler
Association of Research Libraries

Washington DC—The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has appointed Janice Pilch as a Visiting Program Officer (VPO) on International Copyright to work with ARL’s Public Policies Strategic Direction. Pilch is Associate Professor of Library Administration and Humanities Librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library.

Pilch’s VPO position will greatly enhance ARL’s efforts in the international copyright arena. In particular, her assignment will contribute to the work of the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA), whose members include ARL, the American Library Association (ALA), and the Association of College and Research Libraries. The Visiting Program Officer on International Copyright will be responsible for research and policy formulation on international copyright issues relating to libraries. This includes identifying further strategic directions and potential alliances in which ARL and LCA may seek to influence legislation, as well as public policies governing use of copyrighted materials at the national and international levels.

Pilch has researched and published on international copyright issues at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 2001. She has served as chair of ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy Copyright Advisory Subcommittee, and in 2007 was appointed by LCA to serve as an international copyright advocate, representing the interests of American libraries at copyright-related meetings of the World Intellectual Property Organization and other international fora. As an advocate, she develops position statements and policies to advance fair and equitable access to information. Pilch serves on the Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. She founded and chairs a permanent committee on copyright issues within the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, and is currently authoring a book on international copyright for librarians and educators.

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