May 25, 2022

ARL and CARL Form Joint Task Force on Marrakesh Treaty Implementation

From a Joint Statement:

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Advocacy and Public Policy Committee and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) Policy Committee today announce the launch of a joint ARL-CARL Task Force on Marrakesh Treaty Implementation. The task force will be charged with identifying and recommending the resources needed to implement the terms of the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled.

The task force will be chaired by Victoria Owen, from the University of Toronto, who will serve as a part-time joint ARL-CARL visiting program officer for this initiative. Under Owen’s leadership, the task force will design and undertake a pilot project to test the recommended approach, and recommend further steps to resolve issues and broaden implementation. The group will be composed of six to nine members (ARL and CARL member library directors and member library staff) with demonstrated interest and expertise in metadata standards, resource discovery, alternate formats, accessibility, and project management.

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