ARL and CARL Form Joint Task Force on Marrakesh Treaty Implementation

Jessica Aiwuyor | 202-296-2296 | | June 25, 2020

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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.

About the Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in Canada and the US whose mission is to advance research, learning, and scholarly communication. The Association fosters the open exchange of ideas and expertise, promotes equity and diversity, and pursues advocacy and public policy efforts that reflect the values of the library, scholarly, and higher education communities. ARL forges partnerships and catalyzes the collective efforts of research libraries to enable knowledge creation and to achieve enduring and barrier-free access to information. ARL is on the web at

About the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL)

CARL is the voice of Canada’s research libraries. The Association’s members include Canada’s twenty-nine largest university libraries and two federal institutions. Enhancing research and higher education are at the heart of its mission. CARL develops the capacity to support this mission, promotes effective and sustainable scholarly communication, and advocates for public policy that enables broad access to scholarly information. CARL is on the web at