Columbia's James Neal Appointed US Representative to IFLA's Copyright Committee

NEW YORK, October 21, 2004 - James Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian at Columbia, has been appointed the US representative to the Committee on Copyright and Other Legal Matters of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).

Neal was nominated as the US representative by five American associations, including the American Library Association, the Association of Research Libraries, the American Association of Law Libraries, the Medical Library Association, and the Special Libraries Association. Neal served as a member of the Committee from 1998 to 2001, and as an expert resource person from 2001 to 2004. His term on the Committee will begin at the IFLA conference in August 2005 in Oslo, Norway.

The Committee on Copyright and Other Legal Matters was formed in 1998 to represent the international library community in copyright concerns. The Committee is also focused on other legal topics of interest to the global library community, including privacy, economic and trade barriers, licensing, disputed claims of ownership and repatriation of library materials, and digital rights management systems.

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), founded in 1927, is the global voice of the library and information profession. IFLA is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization. Its objectives are: to promote high standards of provision and delivery of library and information services, to encourage understanding of the value of good library and information services, and to represent the interests of its members throughout the world. With over 1,700 members in 150 countries, it represents hundreds of thousands of library and information staff throughout the world.

Columbia University Libraries is one of the top ten academic library systems in the nation, with 9.2 million volumes, over 65,650 serials, as well as extensive collections of electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, and other nonprint formats. The collections and services are organized into 25 libraries, supporting specific academic or professional disciplines. Columbia Libraries employs more than 400 professional and support staff to assist faculty, students, and researchers in their academic endeavors. The Libraries’ website at is a gateway to its print and electronic collections and to its services.

10/21/04 JD