The right to information access -- is it guaranteed?

October 02, 2009

Although we are guaranteed the right to free expression, how can we ensure the right to access? The public is invited to "The Right to Information Access," from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 30, in the HUB-Robeson Center Auditorium on Penn State's University Park campus. Presented by The Jeremiah Kaplan Institute on Libraries, the Information Society, and Social Policy, the program will discuss the "right" to information access and the changing role that libraries and publishers play in supporting access in a networked environment. It also will be streamed live and archived at the conference Web site.

Four experts, John Willinsky, Marybeth Peters, John Palfrey and Clifford Lynch, will examine the changing mission of libraries and publishers; who should have access to information and knowledge and how can it be enabled; and what economic, political and regulatory factors impede access and how can they be overcome.

The program is free and open to the public, but registration is required. For registration and more information, visit or contact Martha Ney at 814-863-5447 or

The institute is sponsored by the Penn State University Libraries and the Rock Ethics Institute with financial support from the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy in honor of Jeremiah Kaplan (1926-1993), a co-founder of The Free Press (1947) and later president of Macmillan Publishing Company and Simon & Schuster Inc.

Last Updated October 08, 2009