May 22, 2022

“ARL Views” Podcast Debuts with Episode Featuring University of Toronto’s Victoria Owen Discussing the Marrakesh Treaty

From the Association of Research Libraries (ARL):

The ARL Views podcast provides deep dives into key issues of interest to the research library community.

About This Episode

In this episode, Victoria Owen [Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto] discusses the role that libraries and advocates played in Marrakesh Treaty negotiation, and the work currently underway by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) to implement the treaty. The Marrakesh Treaty establishes an international legal framework that allows for the creation, distribution, and import/export of accessible texts for persons with print disabilities.

Marrakesh is the first copyright treaty that is rooted in human rights principles, particularly the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Worldwide, about 300 million people are blind or have print disabilities; 90 percent of people who are blind or visually impaired live in the Global South, where only 1–7 percent of works are published  in accessible formats.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price ( 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, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.