Access: International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) Releases Updated Marrakesh Monitoring Report (How Well is Your Government Implementing the Marrakesh Treaty?)
IFLA 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.
The 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)
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.