Tuesday, June 02, 2020

Implementing the Marrakesh Treaty for Persons with Print Disabilities: A Guide for Canadian Librarians

The Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA) has released a Canadian version of  Getting Started with the Marrakesh Treaty – a Guide for Librarians.

The original version was published in 2019 by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).

From the forward by Canadian library director Victoria Owen:
"The Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled presents an unprecedented opportunity for access to printed works for blind and other print-handicapped persons. Libraries play a key role in facilitating access, and this guide was conceived to enable staff in libraries of all types to take the final, practical steps to deliver materials into the hands of print-disabled readers."

"As the former director of library services at Canada’s CNIB Library for the Blind and past chair of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutes (IFLA)’s Copyright and other Legal Matters (CLM) Advisory Committee, I am especially pleased to see that the Marrakesh Treaty enables improved access to printed works and that the beneficiaries include blind and low-vision readers."

"The information in this guide is organized as an FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions), answering questions and providing links for further information. It is meant to be a starting point, a template, available for customization in each Marrakesh Treaty country. It is our hope that, once the guide is customized to each country’s law, it will be posted on the IFLA website."

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