Global Accessible Library

Global Accessible Library project is now called TIGAR (Trusted Intermediary Global Accessible Resources). "Through a range of library services and publisher offerings, TIGAR promises to ensure that persons with print disabilities - both in developing or the developed countries - have equal access to published works as persons without print disabilities. TIGAR will allow the print and visually disabled to search for content across distributed networks which enable them to access published works in accessible formats." (WIPO press release, October 23, 2010)

Press Release July 2012: TIGAR Project Accelerates Book Accessibility

History

In Zagreb, Croatia, February 27, 2008, the DAISY Board and members of IFLA/LBS (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, Libraries for the Blind Section) met to review the goals of the Global Accessible Library initiative. This important initiative was established at a summit of international leaders from agencies serving the reading needs of people with print disabilities, held in Redmond, Washington, November 2004.

The four major initiatives of the Global Accessible Library Project:

  • Discovery and access: end user issues
  • Shared collection development and exchange
  • Business model for the global accessible library
  • Partnership development

This project was owned jointly by IFLA/LBS and the DAISY Consortium. An eight person joint steering committee consisting of four representatives from IFLA/LBS and the DAISY Consortium Board of Directors was established to provide governance, oversight and direction for the project. Margaret McGrory, DAISY Board member, Vice President Information Systems and CIO of CNIB, and Managing Director, CNIB Library, was appointed as the chair of the Global Accessible Library Steering Committee. Julie Rae, General Manager, Community Information Access for Vision Australia, was assigned the role of project manager.

The decision making for strategic direction was decided jointly by the DAISY Consortium and IFLA through the Steering Committee which reviewed the project plan, and began the process. It was also charged with the task of endorsing the charter on behalf of two groups.

Last revision: August 30, 2012