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Satellite Conference IFLA’s WLIC 2014

eBooks for everyone!
An opportunity for more inclusive libraries

22-23 August 2014
UPMC, Paris
  Version française

General description


The objective of this conference is to explore the 3-dimensional impact of eBooks :

  1. on content providers: how to produce content in an accessible eBook format?
  2. on libraries: how to provide inclusive services?
  3. on readers: how to take advantage of eBooks to facilitate reading?

Presentations will raise and discuss such questions as:

Official Languages

French and English are the official languages. Simultaneous translation will be provided for all presentations.

Fast typing

Fast typing in French and English will be provided for all presentations.

Keynote Speakers

 Photo Johanna Brinton

Accessible eBooks and Audiobooks in the Library
by Johanna Brinton (OverDrive, Inc.)

Johanna Brinton is a Business development Executive at OverDrive where she works closely with publishers from Europe to make their digital content available for distribution to libraries and retailers. OverDrive is a leading multichannel digital distributor of eBooks, digital audiobooks, music and video. They supply a secure lending platform for 28,000 libraries, schools and retailers worldwide with support for all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Nook®, Android™ phones and tablets. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio


 Photo Dan Pescod

"The Miracle of Marrakech" - how the WIPO treaty can help overcome the "book famine"
by Dan Pescod (RNIB)

Dan Pescod is Campaigns Manager at the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) in the United Kingdom. He is also the Vice Chair of the World Blind Union's Right to Read Campaign. As such he coordinated the WBU's work to obtain the Marrakech Treaty in order to help end the "book famine" faced by blind and partially sighted people, and is now working on the campaign for the ratification of that treaty. Dan campaigns in the UK and internationally to gain greater access to information, rights and services for blind and partially sighted people. He participated in the negotiations on the UN CRPD.


 Photo Bernhard Heinser

Ending the "Book Famine" - The New Age of Producing, Distributing, and Consuming Accessible Information
byBernhard Heinser (Consortium DAISY)

Bernhard Heinser is a Senior Manager for the DAISY Consortium. He studied literature in Zurich, Paris and Salamanca (French and Spanish literatures, literary criticism). He also completed a PhD thesis on one of Marcel Proust’s works. From 1981 to 1985, he worked as a literary criticism assistant at the University of Zurich. From 1995 to 2008, he was responsible for Blind and Visually Impaired People at the Swiss Library in Zurich. Since then, he has worked as a Senior Manager for the DAISY Consortium. He is also the cofounder of DAISY Consortium (1996), and Access for all, the Swiss Foundation for a technology fit to people with disabilities (2000), as well as the Consortium of Swiss Libraries for Blind People (1999). As a project manager he is involved in the WIPO’s Accessible Book Coalition (former Stakeholder Platform initiative).

Gala Dinner

Salon Bertrand

A reception followed by a seated gala dinner, strictly reserved for delegates, will be held in the prestigious salons of the Hotel de Ville in Paris, on Friday 22 August from 7pm to 10:30pm. Tickets must be booked in advance and cost €50 per person.


The conference will take place on 22-23 August 2014, in Paris, as Postconference Satellite to IFLA'WLIC 2014 in Lyon, France

The Opening Session will take place at 11:00 am on Friday 22 August.

The Closing will be at 16:00 on Saturday 23 August.

Steering Comitee


This IFLA WLIC 2014 postconference is organised by IFLA Section 31 - Libraries Serving Persons with Print Disabilities (LPD) in cooperation with the BrailleNet Association and the Université Pierre et Marie Curie.

        logo UPMC                logo BrailleNet


Registration done online on this website before 15 June 2014 24:00 will benefit from a special  early bird fee (150€). After this date the standard fee 200€ will be applied.


Registration does not include additional expenses, such as travel and accommodation that are the responsibility of the attendees. Letters of invitation can be issued to presenters upon request.


Name before 15 June after 15 June
Speaker - Conferences only 100 € 200 €
Delegate - Conferences only 150€ 200 €
Accompanying person 50 € 50 €
Gala Dinner 22 August 50 € 50 €

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