RLI 281 December 2012 Research Library Issues: A Quarterly Report from ARL, CNI, and SPARC Special Issue on Services to Patrons with Print Disabilities T access to both print and digital library products and services. Print disabilities prevent somehe ARL Joint Task Force on Services to Patrons with Print Disabilities released this report tobring much-needed attention to the challenges of print-disabled individuals who are seeking users from effectively reading information resources because of visual, physical, perceptual, developmental, cognitive, or learning disabilities. The task force expands upon the ongoing work of the Library Copyright Alliance in support of an international instrument for the print disabled that is under active consideration by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). It also brings attention to the growing demand for instructional e-content and burgeoning digital library collections and the opportunities for collaboration among university leadership, research libraries, disability services, and information technology services. The report contains nine recommendations for research libraries to make information accessible to their full range of diverse users equitably. In particular, the report focuses on critical partnerships necessary to fully exploit the opportunities of digital information resources to open an unprecedented quantity of information to print-disabled patrons. The report also includes practical recommendations for In This Issue individual institutions to improve responsiveness and organizational capacity to address the needs of this Executive Summary 2 community more effectively. ARL believes that research Print Disabilities, Libraries, and libraries are poised to provide critical direction—along with academic leadership, IT, and disability services— Higher Education 6 on the service and technology planning, procurement, US and Canadian Disability Policies, and licensing necessary to create a fully accessible Recent Challenges, and US and information environment. Canadian Copyright Law 10 Members of the task force were Mary Case (Illinois at Chicago), Chair; Cynthia Archer (York); Nancy Baker Research Libraries and Individuals (Iowa); Will Cross (North Carolina State); John Harwood with Print Disabilities 19 (Penn State); Sarah Hawthorne (California, Berkeley); Kurt Herzer (Johns Hopkins); Tito Sierra (MIT); Ed Van Universal Design, Inclusive Design, Gemert (Wisconsin-Madison); Tom Wall (Boston College); Accessibility, and Usability 25 Prue Adler (ARL); and Judy Ruttenberg (ARL). Howard P. Knopf, Counsel, Macera & Jarzyna/Moffat & Co., Conclusion 28 and Peter Jaszi, Washington College of Law, American Appendix A: Model Licensing University, assisted in framing the copyright discussions of the report. Language 29