Denise Nicholson

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Denise Rosemary Nicholson - BA HDip Libr (UNISA); LLM (WITS) Scholarly Communications Librarian, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa


Since 2002, Denise has served a number of terms on the International Federation of Libraries and Institutions (IFLA)’s Advisory Committee for Copyright and Other Legal Matters, and is currently an Expert Advisor to this Committee.  She was a member of its Workgroup on a Treaty for Libraries and Archives (2007-2015). She is also on IFLA’s e-Lending Workgroup, and is a resource person for the Access to Information Network – Africa (ATINA).  In 2006, she was the first librarian from a developing country to attend a WIPO General Assembly and gave a presentation on ‘Libraries and the Development Agenda’. She was the SA representative on the Electronic Information for Libraries Network (EIFL) (2005-2010), and contributed to the EIFL Model Copyright Law.

She is a member of and the copyright resource person for the Library and Information Association of SA, the Ministry of Arts and Culture’s Legal Deposit Committee, and the National Council for Libraries and Information Services. She was also a member of the SA National Council for the Blind’s Copyright Alliance (2009-2014), and lobbied strongly for a Treaty for the visually impaired, as well as appropriate exceptions in our copyright law.

She is well-recognised locally and abroad for the positive role she has played in promoting access to knowledge, open access and copyright awareness.