Day 1 – Keynote Track 2: Stand up for yourself!
Keynote speaker Dr. Stuart Hamilton is the Director of Policy and Advocacy and the Deputy Secretary General at the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). He gained his PhD in Library and Information Science from the Royal School of Library and Information Science in Copenhagen, Denmark where his research examined freedom of access to information on the Internet worldwide, and the ways in which libraries can overcome barriers such as censorship or the digital divide to ensure that library users receive the best possible access to online information resources.
He has lectured extensively around the world on his PhD subject and other intellectual freedom matters, and his findings have been published in print and online journals. In his role at IFLA, Dr. Hamilton directs the organisation’s policy and advocacy activities, particularly in relation to copyright and other legal matters, freedom of access to information, development and Internet Governance.
“Cultural heritage institutions have got to stand up for themselves because no one else is going to do it for them. Our future relevance is often being discussed without us at the table and we’ve got to change that situation – immediately”