NLS Operations Alert


No. 12-58


DATE     :     August 24, 2012

TO          :     Network Libraries

FROM    :     Karen Keninger, Director

Subject   :     International sharing of accessible books


Under the auspices of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a number of publishers, rights holder groups, libraries, and institutions serving persons with print disabilities from around the globe launched a project known as TIGAR (Trusted Intermediary Global Accessible Resources). TIGAR was created to develop a mechanism for the exchange of accessible format versions of books (including braille and digital audio) between organizations serving persons with print disabilities.


The participation of NLS in TIGAR is predicated on the exchange of materials for the benefit of NLS patrons. NLS submitted several titles to the project this year. WIPO staff then requested permission from the rights holder for each title to be disseminated through the TIGAR project. Only those titles that have received copyright clearance are available to be shared among the TIGAR participants. This has given NLS access to several titles produced by other members of TIGAR. It has also meant that some NLS  titles are available to be shared as well.


The Association for the Blind of Western Australia–Guide Dogs WA, a participant in TIGAR, has downloaded approved NLS titles and made them available to its patrons.


Please note that other NLS or locally produced network materials covered under the Chafee Amendment are not eligible for exchange at this time. For additional information on copyright considerations of accessible books produced under the Chafee Amendment, please see Operations Alert 10-92 (



For more information contact:

            Karen Keninger

            Director, NLS

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