December 19, 2014

WIPO Advances Toward Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works by Persons with Print Disabilities, Morocco To Host Conference

From a WIPO Announcement: “Meeting in extraordinary session, the WIPO [World Intellectual Property Organization] General Assembly took a landmark decision today to convene a diplomatic conference in 2013 to complete negotiations on a pact to improve access to copyrighted works for the many visually impaired and people with print disabilities around the world. The General […]

Just Released: Report Of The ARL Joint Task Force On Services To Patrons With Print Disabilities

New from the Association of Research Libraries. Title Report Of The ARL Joint Task Force On Services To Patrons With Print Disabilities Task Force Members Mary Case, Chair (Illinois at Chicago) Cynthia Archer (York) Nancy Baker (Iowa) Will Cross (North Carolina State) John Harwood (Penn State) Sarah Hawthorne (California, Berkeley) Kurt Herzer (Johns Hopkins) Tito […]

National Federation of the Blind Tells Secretary of State Clinton That Kindle Does Not Meet Needs of Blind/Print Disabled

UPDATE: Rob Pegoraro has tweeted that Wednesday’s Kindle Learning Initiative event at the State Dept. has been CANCELLED.  No reason given. We’ve contacted the State Department and had no info to share. They said a news release might be coming later. Last week we posted about a no-bid contract between Amazon.com and the U.S. State […]

IFLA: Library Associations Strongly Support a Treaty for the Visually Impaired

From an IFLA Announcement: During the WIPO SCCR discussions on an instrument for the visually impaired on Thursday, 24 November, the library community strongly supported a treaty for person with print disabilities. In his statement, Stuart Hamilton, IFLA Director Policy and Advocacy, called for a binding instrument: “IFLA believes that a treaty is the necessary […]