Teresa Hackett oversees the development and delivery of a unique, copyright service for libraries in developing and transition countries, providing specialist resources in multiple languages, and individual assistance on legislative issues.
Her leadership, commitment and strong advocacy skills have helped make EIFL a leading voice for copyright law reform at the international level, including at WIPO (the World Intellectual Property Organization) where EIFL has observer status. With extensive experience working with libraries on legal information issues and participating in negotiations at political institutions, Teresa is a frequent contributor at conferences and events around the world.
Prior to joining EIFL, Teresa held a number of policy, advocacy and technical positions. From 2000-2003, she was Director of the European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations; before that she provided support to the European Commission library research programme. Teresa was a member of the Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) from 2011-2015 and the World Blind Union (WBU) Marrakesh Strategic Advisory Group.
In 2015, Teresa was awarded a Flash Grant as an agent of social change by the Shuttleworth Foundation for her work on copyright. In 2018, Teresa received the IFLA Medal in recognition of her distinguished contribution to IFLA and international librarianship, particularly in the field of copyright, and for her commitment to enabling equal access to information. In 2020, EIFL was selected as a finalist for the ABC International Excellence Award for Accessible Publishing in recognition of the work of the EIFL Copyright and Libraries Programme.
Teresa has an honours degree in German, History and Politics from University College Dublin, Ireland, a postgraduate Diploma in Library and Information Studies from the University of North London, UK, and a postgraduate Diploma in Legal Studies from Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland.
Languages: English, German, Irish
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