February 2016


The 2016 ALA Annual Conference is 140 Days Away!

Don’t miss out on Early Bird Registration rates, which end at 12:00 PM (CST) on March 16, 2016. You can register for the conference using this link: ALA Annual Conference Registration.

The conference will be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, June 23–28. Celebrate the honorable work of your colleagues at the ASCLA Awards Ceremony & Reception, attend outstanding preconferences and programs, network, and cruise more than 800 vendors in the exhibit hall. Register here.

ASCLA Preconference

Freelance Success: Building a Business as a Library Trainer, Educator, Writer, Researcher, or Consultant –
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Do you want to provide consulting, programs, services, and products to the library community or use your library-related skills in the larger market? How will you know self-employment, freelance work, and/or building an enterprise is for you? Learn what it takes. Read more here.

ASCLA Awards

ASCLA is accepting nominations for its 2016 awards. Deadline is March 1st
ASCLA recognizes projects focused on library services to people with disabilities; the advancement of library services for the blind and physically handicapped; exceptional achievement in extension and outreach services; exemplary leadership and achievement in consulting, state library services and library cooperatives; and service to ASCLA. Read more here.

Exclusive 2016 Calendar

ASCLA_Calendar_2016_ webpage imageASCLA’s Exclusive Calendar- New low price!
After shooting hundreds of photos at some of the most beautiful libraries in Chicago, such as the Harold Washington Library, Newberry Library and Pritzker Libraries, only a select few were specially chosen for ASCLA’s very first fundraising calendar. 100% of the proceeds go directly to the division that is committed to enriching the services and information that ASCLA provides to its members. Photography and design volunteered by Amy Stieve. Thank you for supporting ASCLA’s mission! Purchase one here.

Online Learning

How to Articulate your Library’s Value
Every librarian needs to be able to articulate his or her value at any given moment. Otherwise, you lose a chance to explain your work, to defend libraries, and to teach someone why the internet can never replace a library. If you cannot explain what your expertise is and why it’s vital in two or three brief sentences—in words that your listener will understand and remember—then you need this webinar. Register hereRead more here.

Arms Open Wide: Library Outreach to Customers with Print Disabilities
This webinar will focus on understanding the characteristics of patrons with print disabilities and how to make valuable community connections in order to reach the print disabled population. Participants will come away with a toolbox of quality library services to offer the print disabled population. Register hereRead more here.

ASCLA invites and encourages you to participate in our informative and exciting courses — you can register online now. Registration starts at $40 for ASCLA members. Group discounts are available for two or more participants from the same library, library system or network. Learn more about these courses and other educational opportunities at the ASCLA online learning page. 

Travel with ASCLA

Come along with us to Prague & Vienna in September of 2016! We’ll visit gorgeous historical sites, indulge in local cuisine and wines, and try our own hand at local dishes with a cooking class! Stay tuned for more details…

Take a look at some of our previous trips here: ASCLA Travel.

Volunteers NeededAccessAcademyLogo_Final

ASCLA is looking for experts who can help advise our project manager working on the second AccessAbility Academy Module. Our topic is: Improving Services to Library Users with Mental Illnesses.

Advisors will be asked to participate in at least one teleconference, review outlines of the online tutorial, and provide feedback on the free webinar that will be used to refine the final version, among other things.

If you have expertise in the area and are willing to serve as advisor, please contact ASCLA Executive Director, Susan Hornung at shornung@ala.org before February 8, 2016.

Want to make your library a more welcoming and empowering place for people with disabilities? Not familiar with ASCLA’s AccessAbility Academy? View here to learn more: AccessAbility Academy 

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