Two individuals honored at the closing ceremony of IFLA's 78th annual World Library and Information Congress exemplify much of what makes the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions a worthwhile organization. They were singled out as individuals, but the author sees them, more importantly, as symbols of two very important initiatives that contribute to the overall health of the global library and information community -- copyright and professionalism. The two honorees were Winston Tabb, chair of the IFLA Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters (CLM), and Jay Jordan, CEO of OCLC. The IFLA, through its CLM, champions exceptions to national and international copyright laws that would enable libraries to preserve materials and make them available for use. Its great success under Tabb's leadership, which is continued by the present chair, Victoria Owen, was to get the attention of the World Intellectual Property Organization. Core to OCLC's mission, in Jordan's view, is that librarians should help their citizens. This closely parallels IFLA's goals of increasing access to information and free expression.
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