Tag Archives: print disabilities

Thailand: Marrakesh is good to go!

(28 January 2019) On 28 January 2019, the Kingdom of Thailand deposited its instrument of accession at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to join the Marrakesh Treaty for persons with print disabilities. Since amendments bringing the Thai Copyright Act into line with the treaty were adopted on 11 November 2018 (Copyright Act (No. 4) B.E. 2561 […]


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Getting Started – a new IFLA guide for librarians on implementing the Marrakesh Treaty

(7 September 2018) This guide, edited by Victoria Owen, and with the welcome support of the World Blind Union, the Canadian Association of Research Libraries, and the University of Toronto, offers answers to frequently asked questions. It can also be adapted by national actors to their own laws – IFLA encourages this, in order to […]


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The Last Mile: IFLA launches work to help all libraries deliver on the Marrakesh Treaty

(4 December 2017) When they signed the Marrakesh Treaty in 2013, the Member States of the World Intellectual Property Organisation committed to removing legal barriers to access to books for people with print disabilities. They opened the way to dealing with a key cause of the book famine – the fact that barely 7% of […]


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Asia-Pacific Marrakesh Treaty campaign

EIFL is supporting a major awareness-raising campaign to encourage ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty in the Asia-Pacific Region (30 November 2017) EIFL is supporting a major awareness-raising campaign that aims to encourage countries in the Asia-Pacific region to ratify the Marrakesh Treaty which increases access to knowledge for blind, visually impaired and otherwise print-disabled people. […]


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A good day for access to knowledge: the Treaty of Marrakesh enters into force

(30 September 2016)  Three years and three months after it was signed, the Treaty of Marrakesh enters into force today. It is a time to celebrate a major advance in the struggle to give people with visual impairments equal access to knowledge. As Karen Keninger, Chair of the IFLA Section on Libraries serving People with […]


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India launches online library for persons with print disabilities

(25 August 2016) Reading has become easier for persons with print disabilities. The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has recently announced Sugamaya Pustakalaya, an online library where books are made available in accessible formats for people with visual impairment and other print disabilities. The library has over 200,000 books in diverse languages and multiple […]


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The Marrakesh Treaty: an EIFL guide for libraries

(10 December 2014) In June 2013, member states of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) adopted the “Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled”. Because the treaty provides countries with important policy options, librarians need to be involved in the development of implementing national […]


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UNESCO encourages Member States to implement IFLA policies on Information Literacy and Print Disabled People

(9 December 2013)   The IFLA Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Recommendations and the Libraries Serving People with Print Disabilities (LPD) Manifesto were passed at the 37th UNESCO General Conference held in Paris (5-20 November 2013). Member States will now be asked to endorse both on a national level and are encouraged to apply the policies […]


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