Dear colleagues,

A reminder about the event this evening (full details below), which focuses on an issue much in the news for libraries and other organizations these days.

Looking forward to seeing some of you this evening -- do stay afterwards to join us for the reception.

All best wishes,
Fiona Black

Margaret Ann Wilkinson
University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Information and Media Studies, and Faculty of Law.

Thursday, November 9, 2006
7:15 for 7:30pm start
Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building, Rowe 1020
Refreshments to follow (Faculty Lounge, Room 2068)

Traditionally, it has been acknowledged that information sharing served a socially desirable purpose:  for example, when copyright was developed, it was structured to create private rights in expressions but to leave ideas and facts to circulate freely in societies.  Free speech was applauded and frequently constitutionally protected - subject only to certain prohibitions on hurtful speech such as hate speech and defamatory rhetoric.  Recently, however, other claims to control over data have gained the protection of law:  confidential
information protected within corporate boundaries, individuals controlling information about themselves held by both public and private sector institutions, new knowledge increasingly bounded by patent claims. The public increasingly gathers information from sources other than the traditional press and public and private sectors are increasingly blurred as funding crosses traditional boundaries.  This lecture will examine the question: Amidst these changing environments, can we properly balance public and private claims to data?


Dr Margaret Ann Wilkinson holds a joint appointment as Professor of Library & Information Science in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies and as Professor of Law at the University of Western Ontario. She is currently on sabbatical and is at Dalhousie as Distinguished Visitor at the Law and Technology Institute, Faculty of Law, and as Visitor in Residence, School of Information Management. Her research focuses on the intersection between property and rights in the information environment. Dr Wilkinson has spoken and
published widely in the areas of access, privacy, personal data protection and intellectual property including copyright and moral rights.  She has taught at the Richard Ivey School of Business (UWO) in the areas of eLeadership and Biotechnology and is co-author of three Ivey cases. She has also held grants, researched and published on questions of professionalism and ethics.

Fiona A. Black, Director
School of Information Management
Faculty of Management, Dalhousie University
Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building
6100 University Avenue
Halifax, NS B3H 3J5 Canada

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