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EIFL’s highly qualified experts offer over 15 years of experience in the areas of open access, licensing, copyright and public libraries. Please direct enquiries to the Communications Manager.

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Open Access Programme Manager

Iryna Kuchma is the Open Access Programme Manager for EIFL. Iryna has been managing the EIFL Open Access Programme (EIFL-OA) since 2008. Her responsibilities include the development, delivery and evaluation of a range of open access related activities.

Under Iryna's management, EIFL-OA has many achievements, including the establishment of more than 1,100 open access repositories and more than 4,000 open access journals in EIFL partner countries, opening up a wealth of new knowledge and research to the world. The programme also supported the development of 135 open access policies in EIFL partner countries.

An expert on open access in developing and transition countries, Iryna is frequently asked to speak at conferences and open access events around the world. Before joining EIFL, Iryna worked as an Information Programme Manager at the International Renaissance Foundation (part of Soros Foundation network in Ukraine) and also coordinated the Arts and Culture Programme there.

Iryna is a member of Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) Advisory Board, DSpace Community Advisory Team (DCAT) and the NDLTD (Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations) Board of Directors.

In 2013, Iryna received the Electronic Publishing Trust (EPT) for Development Annual Award, in recognition of her ‘efforts in the furtherance of open access to scholarly publications in the developing and emerging countries’.

Iryna has an M.A. in Cultural Studies from the National University ‘Kyiv-Mohyla Academy’, Ukraine.

Languages: Ukrainian, English, French, Polish, Russian

Public Library Innovation Programme Manager

Ramune Petuchovaite is the EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP) Manager for EIFL. Her responsibilities include the development, delivery and evaluation of a range of activities which support piloting innovative public library services that contribute to community development.

Since 2012, Ramune has worked with over 30 projects in more than 20 developing and transition economy countries focused on crucial community development needs, such as farming, health, employment, education and social inclusion. She also helped to develop the framework for public librarians’ capacity building initiatives in Africa.

Prior to joining EIFL, Ramune served as Chief Specialist at the Division of Information Society Development of the Ministry of Culture of Republic of Lithuania. There she was responsible for coordinating the implementation of the state-funded library renovation and modernization programme. During her term at the Ministry of Culture, a countrywide project ‘Libraries for Innovation’ was launched. This $36 million dollar project, co-funded with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, helped over 1,300 public libraries in Lithuania start or improve public access to computer and internet services, and provide ICT skills training to local communities. This effort significantly contributed to a 15 per cent increase of regular internet users in Lithuania, during the period of 2008-2013. Under Ramune’s leadership the Ministry of Culture initiated changes to library legislation, improving library management and services in Lithuania.

Ramune has also lectured library and information students on library management, project management and other subjects at the Faculty of Communication, Vilnius University.

Ramune holds a library postgraduate degree from Vilnius University, Lithuania.

Languages: Lithuanian, English, Russian

Licensing Programme Manager

Romy Beard is the Manager of the Licensing Programme for EIFL. Romy negotiates agreements with publishers to secure affordable access to e-resources and technology products, as well as waived and discounted Article Processing Charges for open access publishing. She works with library consortia to raise awareness about these agreements.

Romy joined EIFL in 2014, bringing experience in academic online publishing that spanned nine years. Romy started her career in 2005 when she joined Oxford University Press as a Sales Representative in their Online Products department, liaising with libraries and library consortia across Europe. Romy moved to ebrary in 2008 as Regional Sales Manager for Europe where she worked with resellers and consortia in Europe, including EIFL.

From 2011 - 2014, Romy worked in the ebrary business unit at ProQuest as Publisher Relations Manager, signing agreements for e-book distribution with new publishing partners and advising existing publishers on their digital strategy and the different business models on offer to libraries. She is a member of UKSG and is on the UKSG Outreach & Engagement Committee.

Romy holds a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Glasgow, UK, and a postgraduate MA in English Literature from the University of Warwick, UK.

Languages: Luxembourgish, English, French, German, Spanish

Copyright and Libraries Programme Manager

Teresa Hackett is the Copyright and Libraries Programme Manager for EIFL. Since the launch of the programme in 2005, Teresa has successfully overseen the development and delivery of a unique, specialist service for libraries in developing and transition countries.

Through her leadership, the creation of multi-lingual library copyright resources and the provision of bespoke technical assistance, Teresa has helped grow a dynamic network of specialist librarians, many of whom have achieved success in improving national copyright laws that are helping to maximize access to knowledge in the digital environment. Her commitment and strong advocacy skills have helped make EIFL a leading voice for copyright law at the international level. With extensive experience working with libraries on legal information issues and participating in negotiations at political institutions, Teresa is a frequent contributor at conferences and events around the world.

Prior to joining EIFL, Teresa held a number of policy, advocacy and technical positions. From 2000-2003, she was Director of the European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations; before that she provided support to the European Commission library research programme, and was part of the team that established electronic information centres at the British Council in Germany. Teresa was a member of the Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) from 2011-2015 and the World Blind Union (WBU) Marrakesh Strategic Advisory Group.

In 2015, Teresa was awarded a Flash Grant as an agent of social change by the Shuttleworth Foundation for her work on copyright. In 2018, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) awarded Teresa the IFLA Medal in recognition of her distinguished contribution to IFLA and international librarianship, particularly in the field of copyright and for her commitment to enabling equal access to information.

Teresa has an honours degree in German, History and Politics from University College Dublin, Ireland, a postgraduate Diploma in Library and Information Studies from the University of North London, UK, and a postgraduate Diploma in Legal Studies from Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland.

Languages: English, Irish, German, Dutch