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From the Mailbox: Regional Librarians-Archivists Enhance Awareness of Intellectual Property Rights

IVLP Participants 2016

Pictured, librarians and archivists from the region, including  Antigua and Barbuda’s Library Chief, Ryllis Mannix, fifth from left, and Chief Archivist Joseph Prosper, far left, posing with US Ambassador Linda Taglialatela, centre.


This one has come and gone but still good to know – especially as IPR protection is important to me, Joanne C. Hillhouse, as an artiste (and should be of interest to all of us) and as blogger on this site (from which both images and content have been lifted without permission). The training was US sponsored and the release was sent out by the U S Embassy based in Barbados on June 24th 2016. Posting late, because…life. Minor edits for time.


A group of librarians and archivists from Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean [traveled] to the United States as participants in a U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) running from June 13 to July 1.  The 21-day program [was] designed to enhance participants’ knowledge and understanding of policies, best practices, and challenges for improving awareness and protection of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR).

Participants in the program [were] Ryllis Mannix, the Director of the National Public Library in Antigua; Joseph Prosper, the Acting Director of the National Archives of Antigua and Barbuda; Junior Browne, the Officer in Charge in the Faculty of Law Library located at the University of the West Indies’ Cave Hill Campus in Barbados; Grace Haynes, Coordinator, Government Department Libraries in Barbados; Vernanda Raymond, the Acting Chief Librarian at the National Documentation Center in Dominica; Claudette Bartholomew, the Court Administrator at the Supreme Court of Grenada; Donna Mason-McLean, the Librarian at the National Public Library in St. Vincent and the Grenadines; Petrine Clarke-Whyte, teacher/librarian/library assistant within the Ministry of Education in St. Kitts; and Evauntay Bridgewater, Senior Library Technician within the Ministry of Education in St. Kitts.

This professional exchange program [was] titled “Librarians and Archivists as Defenders of Intellectual Property Rights.”  Through meetings and discussions with public and private sector professionals in the United States, participants [explored] a broad range of IPR issues, including copyrights, patents, and trademarks.  In addition, they [examined] the implementation and enforcement of IPR legislation. The role and impact of non-governmental organizations on IPR [was] also be explored, and the role of libraries in providing critical services and expanding access to intellectual property emphasized.

The program [began] in Washington, D.C., and [included] travel to Dallas, Texas, and Orlando, Florida, before concluding in Manchester, New Hampshire.

The IVLP is the Department of State’s premier, professional exchange program.  The program brings together emerging leaders in their respective professions to learn how U.S. experts in that profession operate and to share best practices with the other program participants who hail from the same region and across the globe.

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