February 20, 2019

Access: International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) Releases Updated Marrakesh Monitoring Report (How Well is Your Government Implementing the Marrakesh Treaty?)

From the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA):

2019-01-24_07-56-59IFLA has today published an update to its Marrakesh Monitoring Report. This sets out which countries have ratified or acceded to the Treaty, and which have taken the necessary steps at the national level to make it a reality. It underlines the need for continued attention at the national level to make a reality of the promise of Marrakesh.

The Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled marks a major victory in efforts to provide equitable access to information for all. For the 300 million people with print disabilities around the world, it promsies to be a life-changer.

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2019-01-24_07-52-32The monitoring report published today follows up on the previous edition in October (also available from our publications page). Many countries have been added to the list, and several more have made legislative changes in their national law since then. More and more are effectively ready to start using the Marrakesh Treaty provisions.

While we haven’t yet seen many cross-border exchanges of accessible format copies under the Marrakesh Treaty provisions, the ratification of the Treaty is helping librarians to encourage the production of accessible format works in their countries.

Direct to Full Text Updated Report and Previous Versions (PDF and MS Word)

Gary Price About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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