Barbara Szczepańska


Professional background: Barbara is a librarian and information specialist. After graduation, she worked in the information department of the academic library, than after a few years she moved to the law firm sector, with which she is still working today, currently as a Research Services Manager at Hogan Lovells.

She also developed her interest in copyright by broadening her knowledge on postgraduate studies and in action.

Barbara is an experienced conference lecturer, trainer and an author of publications on Copyright, Open Access and Access to Information Law. During her career she has been a member of several professional organizations, serving as the copyright advocacy and policy advisor.

From the 1999 to 2015 she was as an editor of Bulletin EBIB an open access journal and Electronic Library service for Polish librarians.


  • 2010- Member of Polish Librarians Association
  • 2010- Member of EBIB Association – Copyright Adviser
  • 2012-2018 –Poznan Foundation of Scientific Libraries – Copyright Adviser
  • 2012-2018 – EIFL, Copyright Programme coordinator for Poland
  • 2013- Polish Academic Libraries Board of Directors – Copyright Adviser
  • 2011-2018 EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) – Country IP coordinator and Program Advisor
  • 2005- EBLIDA (European Bureau of Library Information and Documentation) – Member of the Information Law Group
  • 2014- LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries) – Copyright Working Group Member
  • (2003-2009) IFLA – Copyright and other Legal Matters Working Group Member
  • Warsaw University Institute of European Studies –Advisory Board Member
  • University Law Faculty Libraries. Member of Managers Activity Group
  • Polish Committee for UNESCO „Information for all” – Member

Selected publications and activities:

  • 2012-2015 – Polish Copyright Reform – project supported by the EIFL Copyright and Libraries Programme, Barbara Szczepanska, Project Manager
  • 2011-2014 –Advocating for a Library Treaty at WIPO – member of librarians’ team on behalf of EIFL (SCCR22, SCCR 23, SCCR27 + speaker at the side event “Information Without Borders: a global library and archive ecosystem”, SCCR29, SCCR30)
  • 2004 – Proceedings of the IATUL Conferences – Digital is not different’ – copyright in digital environment (in English)
  • 2007 – Legal aspects of publishing in Open Access (in Polish)
  • 2010 – the National Library – Legal seminar for digital librarians, paper on Digital Libraries in the European Copyright Discussions (in Polish)
  • 2012 – C4C Event for European Policymakers with Libraries, Consumers at the Library of the European Parliament, Brussels (presentation on Draft Treaty Proposal)
  • 2013 – Booksprint – Legal issues in academic publishing (in Polish)
  • 2014 – Legal aspects of digitisation and making available online of museum collections
  • 2015 – webinar on changes to the Copyright Law (in Polish)
  • 2015 – EIFL webinar: Copyright reform in Poland – what do the changes mean for libraries (in English)
  • 2016 – The EIFL Core Library Exceptions Checklist
  • 2016 – Guidelines on new Copyright Law (in Polish)