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Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the Marrakesh Treaty

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing yesterday on the Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act (S. 2559). If passed, the legislation would make available an additional 350,000 accessible books for people with print disabilities living in the United States, according to Manisha Singh, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Economic and Business…

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Marrakesh Treaty Closer to Reality with Senate bill introduced today

This post originally appeared in American Libraries’ blog The Scoop. On March 15, the Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act (S. 2559) was introduced in the US Senate, nudging the United States further toward adoption of the Marrakesh Treaty. The international copyright treaty provides a copyright exception—the first ever in an international…

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#FundLibraries infographic now an audio description file, thanks to the Colorado Talking Book Library

Since the President’s budget proposal dropped (less than two weeks ago) library advocates have been voicing their support for the Institute for Museum and Library Services. Over 15,000 emails have been sent via the ALA Action Center. In order to help patrons of the national network of Talking Book and…

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Good news for users of braille display devices

Yesterday, S. 3207, legislation introduced by Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), passed the Senate as an amendment to an unrelated bill (S. 2893). This evening, that bill, with Sen. Schumer’s language, passed the House, too. This is great news because it authorizes the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically…

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3D printing and educational equity at ALA Annual

Guest Blogger Rebeccah Baker served as the Student-to-Staff Program participant for the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference. Rebeccah completed her M.L.S. at the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies in May 2016. “3D printing is the latest wave of the digital…

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