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Open Access

Iryna Kuchma works at the local and global levels to make open access, open data and open science the new normal in research and scholarly communications. She is an internationally recognized expert, and serves on the boards and committees of several leading organizations. With over 18 years experience, she has a deep knowledge of open access in Africa, Asia and Europe.
Languages: English, French, Polish, Russian, Ukrainian
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Public libraries

Ramune Petuchovaite’s extensive on the ground experience of public libraries in developing and transition economy countries means she is keenly aware of the struggles of public librarians working with limited resources, and the daily challenges they face in serving their communities. Her expertise is in enabling public librarians in these contexts to collaborate with communities to provide innovative and sustainable internet-based knowledge and information services that are relevant to local needs - services that can help people improve their health, find jobs and increase their incomes, improve crop yields, pass exams and much more.
Languages: English, Lithuanian, Russian
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Negotiations with publishers and licensing e-resources

Romy Beard’s expertise in negotiating agreements with publishers has ensured that millions of students, faculty, and researchers in developing and transition economy countries have free or highly-discounted access to e-journals, e-books and databases for education, learning and research. Romy also negotiates terms for open access publishing, such as waived and discounted Article Processing Charges and publish and read offers, for authors from these countries.
Languages: English, French, German, Luxembourgish, Spanish
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Copyright for libraries

With 20 years’ experience as a leader in national and international copyright reform for libraries, Teresa Hackett participates in negotiations at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) for global copyright rules that promote access to knowledge for all, and has contributed to over 20 nations joining the landmark Marrakesh Treaty for persons with print disabilities. She has also grown a dynamic network of specialist copyright libraries in over 30 developing and transition economy countries, many of whom have achieved success in improving national laws.
Languages: English, German, Irish
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Professional development of librarians

For over 27 years Susan Schnuer has trained librarians, in developing and transition economy countries, to be agents of change in their communities. Her passion is to identify and coach talented librarians, helping them to explore their potential as leaders and trainers in their communities. Her philosophy is to ‘tread lightly’ by co-developing training programmes that are tailored to meet the unique needs of librarians in different countries or regions.
Languages: English, French, Spanish
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Ugne Lipeikaite’s expertise in developing impact evaluation methodologies and tools for measuring the outcomes of public library services has grown over a period of 15 years. Ugne has contributed to the design and implementation of major international research projects to measure the impact of public internet access in libraries and the role of libraries in providing connectivity and digital skills in communities. Ugne has developed training courses and trained public and community librarians in several countries in Africa on how to assess the needs of communities and the impact of library services.
Languages: Lithuanian, English, Spanish
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