When ILLiad Becomes an Odyssey: Obtaining and Using Copyrighted Materials from Foreign Countries

Recorded On: 09/30/2021

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This program empowers librarians to obtain materials from around the world while ensuring that the sharing of content abides by U.S. and foreign copyright laws. This session will address challenges faced by librarians in obtaining materials from other countries, including perspectives and advice from librarians based in the U.S., Europe, and Africa. 


  1. Participants will be able to list the best strategies for legally obtaining materials only available in foreign countries.
  2. Participants will be able to describe the copyright laws impacting interlibrary loan in the U.S. and in selected countries in Europe and Africa.


  • Hilary Thompson, University of Maryland Libraries
  • Adam Woellhaf, Library of the Middle Temple in the City of London
  • Oludayo John Bamgbose, Ajayi Crowther University, Nigeria
  • Loren Turner, University of Minnesota Law School


  • Loren Turner, University of Minnesota Law School

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Hilary Thompson
University of Maryland Libraries

Hilary Thompson is the Director of User Services & Resource Sharing at the University of Maryland Libraries. Before assuming this role, she supervised interlibrary loan between 2012 and 2019 and course reserves from 2015 to 2019. Her interests include cross-departmental collaboration, employee development, and improving access to global information resources. From 2018 to 2020, she served as chair of the American Library Association’s RUSA STARS International Interlibrary Loan Committee, coordinating the translation, distribution, and analysis of the committee's 2019 international ILL survey. 

Adam Woellhaf
Middle Temple in the City of London

Adam Woellhaf works as an assistant librarian at the library of the Middle Temple in the City of London – one of the four Inns of Court with exclusive right to call members to the Bar. He is responsible for coordinating the design and delivery of legal research training sessions and managing the library’s specialist collection of US legal materials. He also contributes to the document supply service and provides copyright guidance. Previously he worked at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies Library, the UK’s national law library, where he managed the document supply services there.

Oludayo John Bamgbose
Ajayi Crowther University, Nigeria

Oludayo John Bamgbose is a Senior Law Librarian and an adjunct Law Lecturer with Ajayi Crowther University, Nigeria. He holds academic qualifications in librarianship and law from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and the Nigerian Law School and is admitted to the Nigerian bar. He was a 2017 Bitner Research Fellow at Cornell University, Ithaca and is well published in the field of law librarianship and copyright.

Loren Turner 
University of Minnesota Law School

Loren Turner is the foreign, comparative, and international law librarian at the University of Minnesota Law School. Prior to joining the University of Minnesota, Loren was a reference librarian and adjunct professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law; a reference associate and library assistant at Northwestern University's Pritzker Legal Research Center; and an associate attorney (litigation) at a boutique family law firm in Chicago. She is an active member of the American Association of Law Libraries, most recently serving as the Past Chair of the FCIL-SIS and as a member of the research and analysis group of the Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC).


When ILLiad Becomes an Odyssey: Obtaining and Using Copyrighted Materials from Foreign Countries
09/30/2021 at 11:00 AM (CDT)   |  60 minutes
09/30/2021 at 11:00 AM (CDT)   |  60 minutes
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