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The Marrakesh Treaty in Action

Date: 12 March 2019 to 12 March 2019
Location: Helsinki, Finland

The Marrakesh Treaty in Action: Implementing the Treaty and More Ideas for Accessible Digital Reading

International seminar for libraries
March 12 2019, Helsinki Central Library Oodi, Maijansali 9 am–4 pm

Join us for a day of presentations and discussions on the implementation and practicalities of the Marrakesh Treaty. The seminar is free of charge and includes coffee service.

Registration is open until February 24th.


8.30 Registration

9.00 Welcome

9.10 Opening the seminar (Minna Karvonen, Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture)

9.30 Keynote: How Does the European Union Promote Accessible Reading? Implementing the Marrakesh Treaty, Web Accessibility Directive and European Accessibility Act (Sirpa Pietikäinen, Finnish Member of the European Parliament)

9.50 Marrakesh Treaty in a Nutshell (Kirsi Ylänne, Celia, Finland)

10.10 Getting Started, A Practical Guide for Librarians (IFLA LPD Standing Committee member). National adaptations (Karen Keninger, Library of Congress, USA, & Kirsi Ylänne)

10.30 From Marrakesh to Geelong: An Australian case (Anthea Taylor, Vision Australia Information and Library Service)

11.00 Russia and the Marrakesh Treaty (Saniia Battalova, St. Petersburg State Library for the Blind and Visually Impaired)

11.30-12.30 Lunch break

12.30 A Study of National Digital Library Services (Jesper Klein, DAISY Consortium, Sweden)

13.15 Panel discussion: How Can Libraries Improve Inclusivity?

14.00-14.30 Coffee break

14.30 TBA (Eva Houltzen, Axiell Media, Sweden)

15.15 Introducing Helsinki Central Library Oodi (Lotta Muurinen, Helsinki City Library)

15.45 Closing remarks

Online livestream of the seminar is provided by Library Channel. The stream is open for everyone and does not require registration.


Registration is open until February 24th. The seminar is free of charge but seats are limited so we advise to register as soon as possible!

If you have any questions regarding the seminar, you can contact Communications Specialist Johannes Koski,

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