La Bibliothèque nationale de Tunisie (National Library of Tunisia) has recently joined the Accessible Books Consortium (ABC), a public-private partnership led by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to increase the number of books worldwide in accessible formats and make them available to people who are blind, visually impaired or are otherwise print disabled. IFRRO sits on the ABC Advisory Board. A key feature of ABC is its Global Book Service, an online catalogue of more than 620,000 titles in 80 languages in a range of accessible formats. Some languages, such as Arabic, are under-represented in the catalogue, and it is welcome news that in addition to joining, the National Library is making available around 70 Tunisian titles in accessible format.
IFRRO has worked closely with the National Library of Tunisia as part of a joint project with WIPO which included, in addition to the collective management of reprography, discussions on the implementation of the WIPO Marrakesh Treaty. Tunisia also benefitted from a capacity-building project with ABC.
IFRRO congratulates the Director General of the National Library of Tunisia, Ms. Raja Ben Slama, the Ministry of Culture of Tunisia, the Tunisian CMO OTDAV, and ABC, on this important development for visually impaired people in Tunisia and around the world.