[A2k] Libraries in Senegal advocate for development

Teresa Hackett teresa.hackett at eifl.net
Thu Jun 20 11:20:45 PDT 2013


http://www.eifl.net/news/libraries-senegal-advocate-development

The copyright law of Senegal, a francophone nation in west Africa with
Least Developed Country (LDC) status, was significantly overhauled in
2008. A study by the African Copyright & Access to Knowledge project
(ACA2K) found that the main effect of the Law is to further strengthen
the protection of copyright owners with no focus on the rights of
users, and concludes that the copyright environment in Senegal is not
conducive to increasing legitimate access to learning materials. Under
the leadership of the Consortium of Higher Educational Libraries of
Senegal (COBESS), it was decided to take action to bring about the
change.

In a short time, the library community was strengthened with new
knowledge about the inescapable role of libraries in providing access
to knowledge - the basis for all development; the School of
Librarians, Archivists and Documentalists (EBAD) will consider
including a course on copyright and libraries in the curriculum; and
new partnerships were forged with policy-makers.

Read the case study from Senegal, the seventh in a series of case
studies with the results of advocacy campaigns in support of copyright
law reform in EIFL partner countries,
http://www.eifl.net/case-study-copyright-advocacy-senegal

Read about the other advocacy campaigns,
http://www.eifl.net/advocacy-campaigns-national-copyright-law-refor

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Teresa Hackett
EIFL-IP Programme Manager
www.eifl.net/copyright
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