On Tuesday, the American Library Association (ALA) was pleased to receive a delegation of librarians and archivists from the Caribbean. These visitors are invited to the United States under the auspices of the International Visitor Leadership Program of the U.S. Department of State. The delegation included:
- Ryllis Mannix, Antigua and Barbuda
- Joseph Prosper, Antigua and Barbuda
- Junior Browne, Barbados
- Grace Haynes, Barbados
- Vernanda Raymond, Dominica
- Claudette Paula Bartholomew Frederick, Grenada
- Evauntay Bridgewater, Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Petrine Clarke Whyte, Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Donna Mason Mclean, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Accompanying the delegation were international visitor liaisons Mr. Jason Brown and Ms. Elka Charren.
The central interest of the visitors concerned intellectual property and we did indeed have an energetic discussion of those issues. We touched on the Google Books and Georgia State cases as well as the details concerning the digitization of local content and the intellectual property issues. Not surprisingly, a number of the policy issues are actually not so different—we heard very familiar challenges and themes.
The delegation will be spending several weeks in the United States that includes a visit to the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando—so perhaps you’ll see them there!
The ALA representatives in this meeting were Alan S. Inouye, Carrie Russell, and Brian Clark. We thoroughly enjoyed the time together and look forward to future meetings with representatives from around the world as we fulfill one of the responsibilities of the Washington Office—to represent ALA and U.S. libraries with international delegations.