ASCLA Past-President Kathleen Moeller-Peiffer in the News!

Our current ASCLA Past-President Kathleen Moeller-Peiffer (director of New Mexico State Library) speaks in the Dewey Decibels, episode 2 podcast, May 23, 2016, about library security and making your space safer!  Listen to the podcast here (at about 38.23) as Kathleen explains about some of the active shooter training programs she made available to her staff at the New Mexico and New Jersey state libraries. She talks about the programs’ usefulness for frontline staff and the model that was used at Scott County (Ky.) Public Library.

And if you’re going to Orlando, don’t miss this very timely ASCLA program:

Active Shooter Policies in Libraries: Be able to complete an environmental scan to identify potential risk areas at your library, as well as write an active shooter policy/procedure for your library. Most libraries have policies dealing with a problem or unruly patrons. Find out how to protect your patrons and staff from a darker problem, someone intent on inflicting actual physical harm. The NDSL active shooter procedure will be presented as a model as well as tips for writing your policy.

Speaker:  BreAnne Meier, North Dakota State Library,
Date: Saturday, June 25, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Orange County Convention Center, W101B. Schedule it.

See the article Kathleen wrote here: Libraries Invest in Active Shooter Training: Being prepared and taking precautions against senseless acts of violence, American Libraries, June 8, 2015.  

Free Consulting Services at ALA 2016

When? June, 26 (Sunday) from 1 – 2:30 PM
Where? Orange County Convention Center Room # W102A
What? Free Consulting Services at ALA 2016

Library consultants are a breed apart. Like the libraries they serve, they care about the success of individuals and the thriving communities that come from strong libraries.

The idea behind “Consultants Give Back” is simple: free consulting sessions with an expert. No sales pitches and no strings – just helpful advice. Pure and simple.

For participants
, it’s a chance to be heard by and learn from a caring expert in the field .
For consultants, it’s an opportunity to “pay it forward.”

To schedule your free consulting session, please visit:

Calling for 2017 Program, Preconference, Institute Proposals

Do you have innovative ideas, services and programs to share with your library colleagues? Why not present one at the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conferences? Submit a proposal to the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) today!

The 2017 Midwinter Meeting, January 20 – 24, 2017 will be in Atlanta GA, and the Annual Conference, June 22 – 27, 2017 will be in Chicago IL.

The deadline to receive online proposals for 2017 is June 13, 2016. 

The link to submit a conference program/preconference/institute proposal is here:  

Once collected, the ASCLA office will send the proposals to the ASCLA Conference Programming Committee to oversee, organize and recommend for approval to the ASCLA board at Board Meeting II at the Annual Conference in Orlando FL, 2016.

Please spread the word to anyone who you think would like to present a valuable program for ASCLA. Our conference program committee is specifically looking for proposals that would appeal to:

  • ASCLA interest group members.
  • Librarians who serve people or youth who are incarcerated or in detention
  • Library consultants and independent librarians
  • Library staff who serve people with disabilities
  • Staff of library cooperatives and consortium
  • State library staff

Please feel free to contact Susan Hornung at if you have any questions.


ASCLA selects its 2016 award winners!

The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) has selected its 2016 Award winners. The awards program recognizes outstanding achievement within the library profession by librarians and libraries for significant current or past achievements, including publications, program development and leadership in the profession.

The Awards Ceremony and Reception will be held from 5:45 – 7:15 p.m. on Saturday, June 25 at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, FL at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, Room Plaza BR D. This event is co-sponsored by the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) and the Federal and Armed Forces Librarians Round Table (FAFLRT) and will include hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. All conference attendees are welcome!

The following recipients will be honored.

Chris Corrigan, Digital Reference Librarian of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress is the 2016 recipient of the Cathleen Bourdon Service Award, which is named after former ASCLA Executive Director Cathleen Bourdon. Chris was chosen for his sustained leadership and exceptional service enhancing the stature, strength and reputation of ASCLA to ALA Council, ALA Membership, and other ALA-affiliated organizations.

The recipient of the 2016 ASCLA Leadership and Professional Achievement Award is awarded to Cal Shepard, State Librarian, State Library of North Carolina. Ms. Shepard is recognized for her many years of service to the library profession and is specifically being honored for her accomplishment at the State Library of North Carolina in formulating a sunset plan to transition Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding for two large State Library projects to state funding. Through her leadership and vision, she opened up LSTA funding to be used by libraries across the state.

Kate DeVoe, Youth Services Librarian and Kelly Doolittle, Library Assistant, both of Tompkins County Public Library (NY) are the recipients of the 2016 ASCLA/Keystone Library Automation System (KLAS) & National Organization on Disability (NOD) Award. They are recognized for providing vital services to children through their project, “Adapt and Include: Library Programs for Children with Sensory Integration Challenges.” The award consists of $1,000 and a citation supported by Kay and David Holloman of Keystone Systems, developer of the Keystone Library Automation System (KLAS), and the National Organization on Disability.

Stephen Prine, Assistant Chief, Network Division, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped is the recipient of ASCLA’s 2016 Francis Joseph Campbell Award for outstanding contributions to the advancement of library service for people with physical disabilities and/or physical impairments. Mr. Prine is recognized for his many years of exemplary service to the print disabled community, as well as to his colleagues across the country and within ASCLA.

The 2016 ASCLA Exceptional Service Award is presented to the Marshes of Glynn Library System in Brunswick, Georgia for implementing the ALA Every Child Ready to Read program at their local jail. This innovative project teaching incarcerated parents and other caregivers how to support the early literacy development of their children is an exceptional example of how libraries can transform lives.  It also serves as an example of a program able to be replicated in other libraries.

ASCLA 2016 Election Results: Smithee is New ASCLA President-Elect

Congratulations to our new board members! We look forward to a terrific year working with each and every one. Thanks also goes to all who stood for election – it’s very much appreciated!

President-Elect: Jeannette Smithee

Secretary: Wendy Knapp

Director-at-Large: Carson Block

Designated Director, Special Populations: Patrice Johnson

Designated Director, Cooperatives and Networks: Sheryl Knab

Designated Director, State Library Agencies: Mary Soucie

Susan Hornung

ASCLA Executive Director

In the Margins Book Award and Committee Press Release!

The In the Margins Book Award and Selection Committee, (ITM) a committee under the umbrella of Library Services for Youth in Custody (LYSC)  selected their top fiction book, Tattooed Teardrops by PD Workman and non-fiction book, America’s Massacre: The Audacity of Despair and a Message of Hope by Tewhan Butler  as well as a Top Ten  And official list ITM strives to find the best books for teens living in poverty, on the streets, in custody – or a cycle of all three.

Please read the full press release here.



ASCLA has a new strategic plan!

The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) has announced a new strategic plan to guide the organization in its planning, activities, and initiatives. The strategic plan includes the organization’s mission, vision, strategic priorities, goals, and key objectives.

Read all about it here:


Seeking stories for the 2016 Spring Issue of Interface.

The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies wants to share your story!  Our Spring Issue of Interface is going to highlight the great work that State Libraries do to help transform and strengthen our communities.  We are looking for stories related to:

  • Current  Projects you’d like to get the word out about
  • Outreach to special populations in your state
  • Innovations at your library and their impact on the community
  • Community Partnerships

If you would like to submit a story for this issue, please email Christina Wray at by February 19, 2016 with your story title and a brief description.  Story submissions are due by March 15, 2016.  Ideally, stories will be 400+ words, however if you have something to share that isn’t quite that long, please contact Christina.


ASCLA is pleased to announce the slate of candidates for the 2016 ALA/ASCLA elections!

The 2016 elections will open on March 15 and close on April 22. Read all the details here.

President-Elect: (One year term)

  1. Tracy R. Byerly
    Chief Communications, Education and Membership Officer, Amigos Library Services, Ballwin, MO

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    Type of Library: Multi-type library consortiumPrevious Positions:Executive Director, Missouri Library Network Corporation, 2003 – 2012
    User Services Manager, Missouri Library Network Corporation, 1995 – 2003
    Public Services/Technical Services, St. Louis County Library, 1989 – 1995Degrees and Certificates:University of Missouri – Columbia, M.A. in Library and Information Science, 1993; Fontbonne College, B.S. in Foods and Nutrition, 1986Division Affiliation(s): ASCLATo which Round Tables do you belong? Learning RTALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:
    ASCLA Board of Directors, Member, 2010 – 2012 ASCLA, Board of Directors, Secretary, 2012 – PresentOffices held in ALA/APA, state/regional library associations, and other associations:
    Missouri Library Association, Chair, Professionalism, Education, Employment, Recruitment Special Interest Group, 2002 – 2006

    Major Accomplishments:
    I have worked at Amigos Library Services since 2012. I spent my initial 18 months at Amigos leading a successful transition of staff and members from the former Missouri Library Network Corporation (MLNC) into Amigos. As a key player in the merger negotiations between MLNC and Amigos, I was able to utilize my strong communications, relationship and strategic thinking skills to facilitate the merger. I now manage the Amigos communications, education and membership departments, where I am currently leading our transition to a new learning platform and have successfully updated all of our communications tools. In my prior position as Executive Director of MLNC, I directed that organization through dramatic changes in its primary vendor relationships, implemented a member relationship management system, initiated and designed the MLNC Speakers Series that brought presenters with national prominence to the state, and facilitated the development of the Missouri Libraries 2 Go OverDrive group.

    Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:
    I am interested in moving ASCLA forward as a vibrant, successful division of ALA using my leadership, strategic thinking, and relationship-building skills. ASCLA, with its wide array of service areas, is in a prime position to enhance the effectiveness of library service. I am confident in my ability to lead ASCLA by skillfully navigating through the ALA infrastructure with ease and grace, collaborating with others to grow key relationships and facilitate our core processes. I believe that all of our discussions and activities should focus around our vision and mission and from this focus will come a positive energy that will drive us toward the accomplishment of ASCLA’s important goals.

    Member of ALA since: 2008

  2. Jeannette P. Smithee
    Retired, most recent position held – Executive Director, SEFLIN (Southeast Florida Library Information Network), 2009-2015

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     Type of Library: Library CooperativePrevious Positions:
    Executive Director, SEFLIN (Southeast Florida Library Information Network), 2009-2015
    Associate Director for Continuing Education / Community of Learning, SEFLIN (Southeast Florida Library Information Network), 2005-2009
    Associate Director, CLRC (Central New York Library Resources Council), 1986-2005Degrees and Certificates:
    InSync Training, Synchronous Producer Certificate, 2011; InSync Training, Online Synchronous Facilitation Certificate, 2009; Interaction Institute for Social Change, Essential Facilitation Skills, 2006; Syracuse University, Certificate of Information Systems and Network Management, 1998; Syracuse University, MLS, 1977; Florida State University, BS Library Science and History, 1968To which Round Tables do you belong? International Relations (IRRT), Retired Members Round Table (RMRT)Division Affiliation(s): ASCLAALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:
    ALA Conference Program Planning Committee, member, 2003-2005; ASCLA Board, member, 2003-2005, 2012-2013; ASCLA Conference Program Advisor, 2003-2006; ASCLA Standards Review Committee, chair, 2007-2010; ASCLA ICAN Executive Committee, chair, 2001-2002; ASCLA ICAN Planning Committee, chair, 1996-2000; ASCLA Library Consultants Interest Group, chair, 2012-2013

    Offices held in ALA/APA, state/regional library associations, and other associations:
    Florida Library Association, chair, Library Personnel Recruitment Committee, 2007-2011; Florida Library Association, member, Planning Committee, 2011-2015; Medical Library Association / Upstate NY Ontario Chapter, chair, Continuing Education Committee, 2002-2005; Special Libraries Association / Upstate NY Chapter, president, 1990-1991; Special Libraries Association / Upstate NY Chapter, chair, 50th Anniversary Committee 1993-1995; Special Libraries Association / Upstate NY Chapter, chair, Long Range Planning Committee, 1998-2001

    Major Accomplishments:
    I have been privileged to lead boards and committees of various professional organizations through the development and implementation of new programs and services, using the contributions of individuals and the strength of the group. In addition, I had the honor to be selected as a mentor to individuals participating in the Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute over the last six years.

    Jeannette Smithee: “Vitality of Florida Library Staff Posted in 10 Characters,” Florida Libraries, Volume 54, Number 2, 2011.
    Elizabeth Curry and Jeannette Smithee: “Developing Leadership in a Multitype Library Consortium: Ten Years of SEFLIN’s Sun Seekers,” Resource Sharing and Information Networks (Routledge Press), Volume 20, 2009.
    Jeannette Smithee: “High Demand for Skilled Workers: Who’s Minding the Information Store?” Library Networks in the New Millennium: Top Ten Trends (ASCLA), 2000.

    Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:
    ASCLA has been an important part of my professional life since 1987 when I joined the world of cooperative library network services. The passion of ASCLA members as they advocate for unique specialized services has been an inspiration over the years. I have learned much while serving with other ASCLA members on committees, sections and interest groups. If I have the privilege of serving as ASCLA President, I would work to keep ASCLA a viable and stable organization which supports, inspires, and enables members to use their energy and passion in the pursuit of excellence and innovation. It is the members who are valuable assets providing the energy which makes ASCLA great.

    Member of ALA since: 1975

Secretary: (Two year term)

  1. Elizabeth A. Burns
    Head of Reader Services, New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center, Trenton NJ

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     Type of Library:  State libraryPrevious Positions:
    Head of Youth Services, New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center, NJ, 2007-2015
    Senior Librarian, Ocean County Library, NJ, 2001 – 2007
    Attorney, 1991 – 2000Degrees and Certificates:
    School of Communication, Information and Library Studies, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ, MLIS, 2001;Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, PA, JD, 1991;Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ, BS Computer Science, 1988.Division Affiliation(s): ALSC, ASCLA, LLAMA, YALSAALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:
    ASCLA: Membership Promotion Committee (2015 – present), Chair, Website Advisory Committee (2011-2012);YALSA: 2016 Margaret A. Edwards Award Committee (2015 – present); Representative to the ASCLA Accessibility Assembly (2013 to present); Appointments Task Force (2013 – 2014); Writing Award Jury (2013- 2014); Fabulous Films Committee (2013-2014); 2012 Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award Committee (2011-2012); 2010 Schneider Family Book Award Committee (2009 – 2010); Outreach to Teens With Special Needs Committee (2009 – 2010); ALA-CBC Joint Committee (2008 to 2011) Chair (2010 to 2011); 2009 Michael L. Printz Award Committee (2008 – 2009); Website Advisory Committee (2006 – 2007); Legislation Committee (2005 – 2007)Honors and Awards: ALA Leadership Institute, 2015

    Major Accomplishments:
    Some of my Major Accomplishments: are mentioned elsewhere: being part of the ALA Leadership Institute in 2015, and the various committees I’ve served on for ASCLA and YALSA. Another major accomplishment I’d like to mention is presenting at the ALA Annual Conference, on topics such as Children’s and YA Book Blogs – Enhancing Library Services in 2010, New Adult Fiction – what is it and is it really happening? in 2013, and Beyond Print – Audiobooks, Braille, & Large Print in 2015. My most recent accomplishment is my move from Head of Youth Services to Head of Reader Services. As Head of Reader Services, I will be able to help provide quality readers’ advisory for the patrons of the New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center. I value connecting readers with the books they want to read in Braille and audiobooks.

    Pop Goes the Library: Using Pop Culture to Connect with Your Whole Community, co-authored with Sophie Brookover, Information Today, Inc., 2008
    “Fandom as a Form of Social Networking.” Teens, Libraries, and Social Networking: What Libraries Need to Know. Ed. June Abbas and Denise Agosto. Santa Barbara, California: Libraries Unlimited, An Imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC. 2011. 115-132.
    “Reading: It’s More Than Meets The Eye.” The Horn Book Magazine, Vol. LXXXIX, No. 2 (March/April 2013): 47-53

    Links to further information:
    My personal website is at

    Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:
    ASCLA is in a powerful position to help libraries better position themselves to meet the diverse needs of their communities because of the variety of people who are members and the various populations they serve. I have had the privilege of serving on a variety of ASCLA committees, and would be honored to to continue to serve ASCLA, its mission, and its members by being Secretary.

    Member of ALA since: 2000

  2. Wendy Knapp
    Associate Director of Statewide Services, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN

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    Type of Library:  State LibraryPrevious Positions:
    Supervisor, Professional Development Office, Indiana State Library, 2008-2012
    Planning Consultant, Library Development Office, Indiana State Library, 2006-2008
    Adult Librarian, East 38th Street Branch, Indianapolis Public Library, 2003-2006Division Affiliation(s): ASCLA, LITATo which Round Tables do you belong? Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT)Degrees and Certificates:
    Indiana University, MLS, 2002; University of Indianapolis, BS Psychology and French, 2000ALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:
    2011-present, ALA Office for Information Technology Policy, member E-rate Task force; 2014-present, ASCLA member; 2015, ASCLA board member.  I have worked on the ASCLA Online Learning Committee and the ASCLA Strategic Planning Committee this fall, and will continue my service with both.

    Offices held in ALA/APA, state/regional library associations, and other associations:
    I have convened a number of statewide committees and task forces including the Professional Development Committee for Indiana Librarians, and the Task Forces to Review Public Library Standards and Certification Standards for Indiana Librarians.

    Honors and Awards  
    My greatest professional honor has been my selection to attend the Gates Foundation Peer Learning Meeting in 2012 in South Africa.  I was so excited to be a part of this meeting that I volunteered for two panels while there, and met many librarians and library supporters from around the world.

    Major Accomplishments:
    My greatest professional accomplishment has been my journey to the position I hold now.  I have been promoted twice in the last nine years due to my abilities to lead insight into the profession, increasing my influence in libraries.  As part of this journey I have overseen the restructuring of Public Library Standards twice and the Public Librarian Certification program.

    Ball, Mary Alice & Knapp, Wendy: “Leveraging Funding to Enhance Broadband Access,” Public Libraries (Public Library Association), Volume 48, Number 5, 2009.

    Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:
    Libraries are some of the most adaptable institutions in any community, and have adopted roles appropriate to their users for centuries.  I believe this ability is the greatest strength libraries have today.  My professional concerns are focused on leveraging this strength to increase effectiveness of libraries in their communities.  I believe that the outcomes, which we have been encouraged to measure for years, are difficult for libraries to quantify and express.  There are a number of tools available for libraries of every type to assist with outcome measurement, but with a long history of measuring outputs, I see libraries of all types struggling to make this change.  I believe that ASCLA is the best positioned division of ALA to address this need across all libraries, and I would love assist in any way I can.

    Member of ALA since: 2011

Director-At-Large (Two year term) 

  1. Carson Block
    Technology Consultant, Carson Block Consulting Inc., Fort Collins CO

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     Type of Library:  Library Technology ConsultantPrevious Positions:
    IT Director – Poudre River Public Library District (Ft Collins, CO) 2003 – 2011
    Technology Consultant – High Plains Regional Library Service System (Greeley, CO) 1999-2003
    Supervisor, Media Services – Loveland Public Library (Loveland, CO) 1994 – 1999Division Affiliation(s): ASCLA, LITA, PLAALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:
    Member, 21st Century Libraries Committee (ALA’s Office of Information Technology Policy – since 2013
    Member, Center for the Future of Libraries Advisory Committee – 2015
    Instructor, ALA-APA CPLA Management of Technology course – since 2010)
    Past Chair, ASCLA – Library Consultant’s Interest Group (LCIG) – 2013-2015Offices held in ALA/APA, state/regional library associations, and other associations:
    President, Colorado Public Library Association (CoPLA) 2011-2013Major Accomplishments:
    Carson Block has been a library technologist for 20 years and a library tech consultant for 4 years.  He has worked the circulation desk, been a staff technology consultant for a regional system in Colorado, and for eight years was the IT Director at the Poudre River Public Library District in Fort Collins Colorado.

    Carson’s adventures in consulting have taken him on a beautiful path across the continental US and Alaska. Just this year he presented taught rural librarians all across Texas how to master their data networks, recruited for technology leader positions, worked on a number of library construction projects, guided a city library system and an automation consortium through strategic planning processes and much more (project list is here:

    The latest thing he’s super-excited about is teaming up with Internet2 for an LSTA-funded grant called “Towards Gigabit Libraries” designed to help the most struggling libraries in rural areas and tribal lands tackle problems with their internal data networks.

    Appendix to “Start a Revolution – Stop Acting Like a Library” by Ben Bizzle w/ Maria Flora
    Reviewer for “Video Librarian” magazine since 1999

    Links to further information:

    Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:
    ASCLA is a small and very diverse division of ALA.  Its strength is that it is an access point for further involvement in ALA for many who may not have other options.  I would do my best to keep this path to entry encouraging and frictionless — and promote high-energy and high-creativity!

    Member of ALA since: 1998

  2. Adam Szczepaniak
    Deputy State Librarian & Director, New Jersey State Library – Talking Book & Braille Center. Trenton NJ.

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     Type of Library:  PublicPrevious Positions:
    Librarian. Maryland State Department of Education. Division of Library Development and Services. 2000-2007.
    Consultant. Reseco Corporation. 1999-2000.
    Associate Director for Library Operations. University of Maryland, Baltimore. Health Sciences and Human Services Library. 1998-1999.Degrees and Certificates:
    Education: University of Maryland, College Park. College of Library and Information Sciences. Master of Library and Information Sciences, 1974. University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Bachelor of Arts, United States History, 1973. Certification: Certification in Medical Librarianship awarded by the Medical Library Association. 1976 – 1990. Certification as a Member of the Academy of Health Professionals awarded by the Medical Library Association. 1991 – 1995.Division Affiliation(s): ASCLAALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:
    American Library Association, Member, 1987 – Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies Member, 2001 – Accessibility Assembly, Chair. 2011 – Nominating Committee, 2013-2014. Planning and Budget Committee, 2001 – 2004. Library Administration and Management Association, Member, 1987 – Building and Equipment Section. Buildings for College and University Libraries Committee, 1996 – 1998. Continuing Education Committee. 2007 – Library Organization and Management Section. Financial Management Committee, 1994 – 1998. Planning and Evaluation of Library Services, 2000 – 2004. Measurement, Assessment, and Evaluation Section. Data Collection for Library Managers, 2000 – 2004. Personnel Administration Section, Supervisory Skills Committee, 1994 – 1998. MTV4: Management Training Videos (ALA, Washington, 1998), Program Chairman.Offices held in ALA/APA, state/regional library associations, and other associations:
    Army Library Institute, 1998. Program Committee, Member. Registration Committee, Chairman. Maryland Association of Health Sciences Librarians. Member, 1976 – 1992. Nominating Committee, 1981 – 1982 & 1991 – 1992. Treasurer, 1977 – 1979. Vice-President, 1984 – 1985. Maryland Charity Campaign. Leader on Loan Program. (2003) Steering Committee. (2004) Maryland Governor’s Commission on Handicapped Parking, Member, 1987 – 1990. Maryland Governor’s Conference on Libraries and Information Services. Delegate, 1990. Maxcess Integrated Library Systems Users’ Group. Subcommittee on Serials. Chairperson. 1997- 1998. Maryland Library Association. Member, 2004 – 2007. MDShare Committee, 2002 – 2007. Medical Library Association. Member, 1976 – 2000. Continuing Education Committee. Subcommittee on Quality Assurance. Member, 1988 – 1992, Chairman, 1991 – 1992. Annual Meeting. Local Assistance Committee. Publicity/Promotion Subcommittee. Member, 1990 – 1992. Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association. Member, 1974 – 1992. Annual Meeting. Continuing Education Committee. Chairman, 1982. Annual Meeting. Program Committee. Member, 1982 – 1983, 1989 – 1990. Annual Meeting. Registration Committee. Chairman, 1987. Governmental Relations Committee. Member, 1989 – 1992. Special Library Association, Member, 2004 – 2006. University of Alabama. Libraries Management Council, 1992 – 1993. University Library Committee, 1992 – 1993. University of Maryland, Baltimore. Student Affairs Council, 1998 – 1999.

    Honors and Awards
    Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA). Francis Joseph Campbell Award. 2015.

    L. Ackerson and A. Szczepaniak: Using local area networks to achieve remote access: some lessons from a pilot test. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 21: 195-197, May 1995
    R. Gresehover, A. Szczepaniak, Jr., Jane Van Wiemokly, and Bonnie Colcher: Knowledge and Society: A study of four aspects. In Batty, D. (ed): Knowledge And Its Organization, College Park, Maryland, University of Maryland, 1976,

    Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:
    Service to the “print disabled” population crosses all fields of librarianship. Technological innovations have merged two distinctive tracks to reading and learning into one. Public and academic libraries need to work together to better service the nation’s “print disabled” community.

    Member of ALA since: 1987

Designated Director, Special Populations (Two year term) 

  1. Lily Sacharow
    Reference and Instruction Librarian, Berkeley College, New York NY

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     Type of Library:  AcademicPrevious Positions:
    Graduate Assistant, University of Illinois Undergraduate Library, 2012-2014Degrees and Certificates:
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, MSLIS specializing in Disability Services, 2014
    Carleton College, BA History, 2012.Division Affiliation(s): ACRL, ASCLAALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:
    ASCLA Finance and Planning Committee, 2014-present
    ASCLA Interest Group Coordinating Committee, 2014-present
    ASCLA Membership Committee, 2012-present
    ACRL/ASCLA/LITA Universal Accessibility Interest Group, 2012-presentOffices held in ALA/APA, state/regional library associations, and other associations:
    ASCLA Designated Director for Special Populations, 2014-present

    Major Accomplishments:
    In addition to founding and annually hosting our ASCLA 101 program, Lily has been highly involved in the division’s membership initiatives over the past several years. She feels that the combination of these responsibilities with her current role as an ASCLA Board member has helped demonstrate to newcomers the welcoming and participatory nature of the division as a whole, and she hopes to continue to be a strong representative voice for ASCLA.

    Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:
    Lily Sacharow has been working with topics of accessibility in academic and library environments for over five years. She is in touch with many corners of the disability services community, and continues to learn and present to others–at her home institution and across ALA–about initiatives and best practices to support patrons with disabilities.

    During her current term of service as ASCLA Designated Director for Special Populations, Lily has actively participated in a wide range of conversations within ALA’s accessibility-oriented community. She consistently attends meetings of and cross-reports to the ASCLA Board, Accessibility Assembly, the ACRL/ASCLA/LITA Universal Accessibility Interest Group, the ALA Membership Committee, and several other ASCLA interest groups; by doing so, Lily ensures that the division and the special populations constituent are accurately represented to other ALA bodies, and that ASCLA’s many component parts remain on the same page, communicating and working together toward similar goals.

    Member of ALA since: 2012

  2. Patrice Johnson
    Librarian II, Talking Book Center, Chicago Public Library, Chicago IL

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     Type of Library:  Public LibraryPrevious Positions:
    Librarian I, Talking Book Center, Chicago Public Library, Chicago IL.
    Library Associate, Chicago Public Library
    Library Page, Chicago Public LibraryDegrees and Certificates:
    Master of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
    Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy, University of Illinois at ChicagoWere/are you a Spectrum Scholar?  YesHonors and Awards:
    -Illinois State Library Alexander J. Skrzypek Award
    -Synergy-The Illinois State Library Leadership Initiative
    -Illinois State Library Training Grant Recipient
    -Illinois Library Association Sylvia Murphy Williams Award
    -American Library Association Spectrum ScholarshipMajor Accomplishments:
    Past Conference Presentations:
    That ALL May Read, 2015 Illinois Library Association Annual Conference
    Accessible eBooks: Ensuring that Your Library’s eContent is Universally Accessible to All, 2014 ALA Annual Conference
    Strategies & Sources for Technology Trend Awareness: Staying Afloat in a Sea of Change, 2014 KLAS Users Library Conference
    Universally Accessible E-Content and Gadgets, 2014 Public Library Association Conference
    Readers’ Advisory Search Skill Workshop, 2013 KLAS Library User’s Conference
    Digital Access, the Future is Now: the Next Dimension of Accessible Audio Media, 2012 Public Library Association Conference

    Getting Your LIS Degree without Breaking the Bank. LIScareer, Feb. 2007
    Spectrum Scholars Engaged. ALA Cognotes, issue 3v1, Jun. 2007
    Getting Involved In a Big Way: Interning with an ALA Committee at Midwinter. NMRT Footnotes, Feb. 2006

    Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:
    As a librarian for one of the network libraries of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, I well understand the traditional concept that libraries change lives. However, the setting is prime for us to go further and launch into expanded services that ensure that every individual regards of ability has an equal chance to learn, explore and create through current and coming advances in technology and accessibility. I believe that collaboration and partnerships with others, particularly agencies and organizations that serve our communities as well as a commitment to the inclusion of the opinions of those with disabilities in the planning processes is key to developing dynamic and innovative library resources that will have meaningful impact. As a member of the ASCLA Board, I would endeavor to employ my knowledge and experiences as well as connections to help form sound policy and ventures that will help ASCLA achieve its strategic mission so that our members, libraries and communities thrive.

    Member of ALA since: 2006

  3. Linda Vincent
    Management Librarian, Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library, Milwaukee WI

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    Type of Library: Special LibraryPrevious Positions:
    Branch Manager, Milwaukee Public Library (Bay View, Forest Home, Zablocki and Center Street Branches), 2001-2011
    Automation Librarian, Milwaukee Public Library, 1996-2001
    Reference Librarian, Milwaukee Public Library (Central Library and Llewellyn Library), 1988-1996Degrees and Certificates:
    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, MLIS, 1988; University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, BA Art History, 1980.Division Affiliation(s): ASCLA, RUSAALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:
    ASCLA Library Services for the Visually Impaired Interest Group, 2011-present; RUSA-MARS Public Libraries Committee, Chair 2010-2012; RUSA-MARS Hot Topics Committee, Co-Chair, 2012-2013; RUSA-MARS Public Libraries Committee, Chair 2010-2012; REFORMA Mentoring Committee Member, 2007.Offices held in ALA/APA, state/regional library associations, and other associations:
    Wisconsin Library Association/Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries, Chair, 2012; Wisconsin Library Association Annual Conference Co-Chair; Wisconsin Library Association Board of Directors Representative for RASD, 1994; Wisconsin Library Association/Reference and Adult Services Section, Chair, 1994.

    Honors and Awards: Beta Phi Mu 1988

    Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:
    ASCLA focuses on evolving issues that cut across library boundaries. I believe that all patrons deserve to experience great library service. I come to the ASCLA Board having worked in a variety of library positions. For the 25+ years, I’ve been with the Milwaukee Public Library System (MPL). I am currently as the Management Librarian of the Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library (WTBBL). Before working in WTBBL, I held positions as Branch Manager (since 2001; 4 different libraries, including the largest circulating branch library in the MPL System), System Automation Librarian (5 years), and various Reference Librarian positions (Humanities, Assistant Government Documents, Young Adult). I’m active in ALA and in the Wisconsin Library Association.

    Member of ALA since: 1987


Designated Director, Cooperatives and Networks

  1. Donna Bacon
    Executive Director, MOBIUS, Columbia MO

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     Type of Library:  Library ConsortiumPrevious Positions:
    District Reference Manager, Springfield-Greene County Library, 2004-2009
    Branch Manager, Springfield-Greene County Library, Kearney Branch, 2000-2004
    Information Technology Coordinator, Springfield-Greene County Library, 1997-2004Degrees and Certificates:
    University of Missouri, M.L.S 1991; Southwest Missouri State University, B.S., French, 1984Division Affiliation(s): ASCLAALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:
    ASCLA Publications Committee, 2013-2015;  ASCLA Publications Committee, Chair 2014-2015; ASCLA Online CE/Learning Committee, 2013-2015Offices held in ALA/APA, state/regional library associations, and other associations:
    Missouri Secretary of State Library Development Council, 2011-present; MOREnet, MERC Board of Directors, 2009-2010; Springfield Area Library Association, President & Vice-President, None; Missouri Library Association, Young Adult Special Interest Group, Chair, None;

    Honors and Awards:
    ALA/Thomson Gale Award for Excellence in Reference Services for Springfield-Greene County Library, none; Be Innovative Award for Best OPAC (Innovative Users Group Award), none; Circle of Excellence Award at Springfield-Greene County Library, none; Certificate of Appreciation, Springfield-Greene County Library Board of Directors for implementation of COOL (Consortium of Ozark Libraries), none; Missouri State Library Scholarship towards M.L.S., 1986; Missouri State Library Grant Award to create/edit Bridging the Gap: YA Services in Libraries/

    Major Accomplishments:
    In the late 1980’s I started the first young adult services program at the Springfield-Greene County Library in Springfield, MO. This included the first print collection, YA areas in branches, music & graphic novel collections, first reading program, and the first YA Advisory Board among a few. I formed and implemented a consortium in Southwest Missouri called COOL and migrated 12 libraries to a shared ILS which included all aspects of its creation and implementation. I have been involved in leadership programs, mentoring many other librarians throughout my career, and in particular served twice as a professional mentor in the Springfield-Greene County Library’s mentorship program. I have served on many Missouri Library Association Committees over the years.  As the current Executive Director of MOBIUS, a resource sharing consortium, I am particularly proud of transiting our organization to a nonprofit corporation, restructuring our organization, expanding services and increasing membership and revenues.  MOBIUS has become a verb in Missouri (I want to MOBIUS that item) and I can’t think of anything more successful.

    Interconsortial Cooperation for Resource Sharing: MOBIUS and Prospector”, Journal of Library Administration (Haworth Press), Volume 54, Issue 3, 2014

    Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:
    The last several years have been a tumultuous one for library consortia.  We have seen financial crises, dissolution, and mergers.  But we have also witnessed some successes due to the commitment of member libraries and the ability to adapt to the future.  The consortia I manage, MOBIUS, has been one such success.  Consortia are constantly required to prove their value and impact on their member libraries.  I hear this at meetings and in conversations with other consortia Directors and staff constantly.  We are a special group of librarians committed to the services we provide.  I would like to see ASCLA promote the value of consortia and to assist consortia (perhaps by partnering with ICOLC) with all aspects of governance and especially with marketing and our return on investment.  We need a stronger voice in ALA, promoting the many benefits of collaboration and partnerships.

    Member of ALA since: 2008

  2. Sheryl L. Knab
    Executive Director, Western New York Library Resources Council, Cheektowaga NY

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     Type of Library: Multi-type library consortiaPrevious Positions:
    Library Director, Bryant & Statton College – 1994-1999Degrees and Certificates:
    University at Buffalo, MLS, 1991
    Daemen College, BA English, 1982Division Affiliation(s): ASCLAALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:
    Chair, Consortium Management Discussion SIGOffices held in ALA/APA, state/regional library associations, and other associations:
    New York Library Association, Councilor at Large 2013- Present

    Major Accomplishments:
    Sheryl’s current focus is on collaborative library services both regionally and state-wide. Under her leadership, WNYLRC has become a regional incubator of ideas and theories by funding innovative pilots with members. WNYLRC has spearheaded what is now considered a state-wide virtual reference service called Ask Us 24/7 – librarians providing online assistance to New York residents in over 95,000 sessions since September 2003. She also leads the NY3Rs e-book pilot that involves 21 academic and public libraries from across the state. She is currently on the planning group for the NY 3Rs I2NY initiative that will explore the current information infrastructure environment in NYS and hopefully lay groundwork for a state-wide collaborative approach to materials storage, scholarly communication, information services, and access to resources. She is on the Executive Board of the New York Alliance of Library Systems (NYALS) and works closely with other public, school, and 3Rs system directors on collaborative initiatives.

    Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:
    The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies offers members opportunities to work on behalf of cooperatives and networks as well as the ability to connect with colleagues and potential partners through special interest groups and committee involvement.  ASCLA can offer members a direct path to professional development, leadership opportunities, and connections with others further their career, meet end user needs, or further their library or consortia’s goals through new technologies and services.

    In my current position as Executive Director of the Western New York Library Resources Council (WNYLRC) as well as a board member of the Empire State Library Network (ESLN), I work with all types of libraries and library systems on a wide variety of programs and projects. There are 72 library systems and over 7000 public, school, academic, and special libraries in New York State (NYS).  By adhering to a set of principles that encompass the notions of collaboration, innovation, experimentation, education, and advocacy, we are able to strengthen our NYS member libraries and library systems by assessing current practices and testing new approaches to providing services and avoiding duplication and redundancy whenever possible.  In light of the budget challenges that face many library systems and cooperatives, it is essential that we strive for more collaboration and shared services. As ASCLA Director, I would encourage collaboration between cooperatives and other organizations and explore new approaches that strengthen ASCLA as the premier national organization for facilitating connections between state library agencies, networks, and consortia through educational opportunities as well as directed conversations.

    Member of ALA since:  2000

Designated Director, State Library Agencies (Two year term) 

  1. Donna Longo DiMichele
    Library Program Manager/LSTA Coordinator, RI Office of Library and Information Services, Providence RI

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    Previous Positions:
    Head Archivist, Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center (CT), 1995-2000
    Project Archivist, Brown University Archives, 1994-1995
    Archivist/Cataloger, Manuscripts, Rare Books and Special Collections Library, Duke University, 1990-1994Degrees and Certificates:
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MSLS, 1994;
    American University, MA in Cultural Anthropology, 1987;
    University of Rhode Island, BA in Anthropology, 1978Division Affiliation(s): ASCLAOffices held in ALA/APA, state/regional library associations, and other associations:
    RI Emergency Management Advisory Committee, 2009-present.
    RI Center for the Book, Board of Directors, 2002-present.
    Northeast Document Conservation Center Advisory Committee, 2000-present.
    RI State Archives, Rhode Island Historical Records Advisory Board, 2001-present.
    Society of American Archivists: Host Committee, 2004 Annual Meeting, 2003-2004; Preservation Publication Award Committee, 2001-2004; Committee on Archival Information Exchange/Technical Subcommittee on Descriptive Standards, 1996-1999; Visual Materials Section Bibliography, 1993.
    New England Archivists: Communication Committee, 2009; Program Committee Chair, 2006 Fall and 2002 Spring Meetings; Program Committee Member, 2000 Spring Meeting; Local Arrangements Committee, 1996 Fall Meeting.Major Accomplishments:
    Project Director for IMLS Connecting to Collections Planning and Implementation grants, which funded the Protecting the Past – RI projects from 2008-2010 and 2010-2014. In the course of these two projects, the Rhode Island library community worked with the greater cultural heritage community as well as local, state and federal emergency management to offer comprehensive disaster preparedness and response preparation. In addition to training, the project successfully brought the cultural heritage sector officially into statewide emergency planning through RI Emergency Support Function #11: Cultural and Historic Preservation.Directed the preparation and finalization of the 2013 RI Public Library Standards and the 2015 Library of Rhode Island Standards (for resource sharing). Chaired the multi-type committee for the resource sharing standards.

    Donna Longo DiMichele: “The Archives & Special Collections of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation,” Cultural Resources Management Volume 22, Number 2, 1999.
    Donna Longo DiMichele: “The Archives & Special Collections of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation,” NEA Newsletter (New England Archivists) Volume 25, Number 3, 1998.
    Donna A. Longo: “Toward Understanding Historical Photographs” In Anthropology at American: Essays in Honor of George L. Harris”. The American University, Department of Anthropology Occasional Papers No. 2, Washington, DC, 1987.

    Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:
    I am grateful for an opportunity to serve ASCLA in a more concrete way than simply being a member. If elected to this position, I will bring more than 15 years of management experience in a state library agency to the table. As LSTA Coordinator since 2002, I know LSTA coordinators in other state library agencies, who will be wonderful resources for me to draw upon when ASCLA faces issues of national importance and seeks input. I have worked with all types of libraries and library consortia in RI and understand their issues and how they can be addressed by state library agencies.

    Member of ALA since: 1992

  2. Mary J. Soucie
    State Librarian, North Dakota State Library, Bismarck ND

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     Type of Library: State LibraryPrevious Positions:
    Library Director, Three Rivers Public Library District, Channahon IL, 5/2009-12/2013
    Library Director, Wilmington Public Library District, Wilmington IL 11/2000-8/2009
    Adjunct Professor Reader’s Advisory and Adult Programs, Joliet Junior College, 2002-2011Degrees and Certificates:
    Dominican University, MLIS, 1998; Illinois State University, BS Education 1992.Division Affiliation(s): ASCLAALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:
    ALA NMRT Mentor 2014-15; LLAMA Mentor 2001Offices held in ALA/APA, state/regional library associations, and other associations:
    COSLA (Chief Officers of State Libraries) CE Connector Committee, 2014-present; North Dakota Library Association (NDLA) Ex-Officio Member 2014-present; NDLA Advocacy Committee, 2014-present; NDLA Mentorship Committee 2014-present; Mountain Plains Library Association Leadership Institute Committee Co-Chair, 2014- present; ILEAD (Innovative Librarians Explore, Apply and Discover) Mentor, IL 2013; ILEAD ND Participant 2015; Illinois Library Association, Conference Committee, 2009; Illinois Library Association Nominating Committee 2009; PrairieCat Chair 2006-2012; SAILS (Shorewood Area Librarians) 2001-2013; Rotarian, 2000-2010; Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, member, 2000-2009; Wilmington Chamber of Commerce Sunshine Committee Chair, 2002-2009; Grundy County Chamber of Commerce, member, 2009-2013; Wilmington Coalition for a Healthy Community, Chair, 2008-2010. Wilmington Public Library District Trustee, 2009-2013; Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) Board Trustee, 2009-2013.

    Major Accomplishments:
    I was selected to attend the Illinois State Library Synergy, an immersive leadership institute, in 2000, the inaugural year. Fifty librarians were selected to attend. I have served as chair of several regional organizations, with my longest tenure being 13 years. In 2014, I began my tenure as the North Dakota State Librarian. I immediately became active in the state association, serving on several committees. At the 2015 Conference, I either gave or was part of a group presentation every session but one. In 2015, I was invited to present at the ND-Manitoba ACRL Conference on active shooter policies; I will also be presenting this at the 2016 ALA and ARSL (Association of Rural and Small Libraries) conferences. I was selected to serve as one of two State Librarians on the COSLA CE Connector Committee, which was funded as an LSTA grant, and then as the solo State Librarian on the ongoing committee. I am serving as the chair of the ILS Subcommittee for our statewide consortium as we explore our needs.

    Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:
    ASCLA serves an important and unique role in ALA by providing networking and education opportunities for state library staff, consortia, library consultants and librarians serving special populations. As a State Librarian, I work with librarians and staff from all types of libraries. I serve as a board member of our statewide consortium. I am able to look at different issues from a variety of viewpoints. I have experience serving on a variety of boards. As State Librarian, my role is to improve the effectiveness of libraries in ND, which mirrors nicely with ASCLA’s mission.

    Member of ALA since: 2002

Call for ASCLA Online Learning Proposals!

Submit by March 8, 2016 

Access the online course submission form here.

Download this PDF of the online course form to help you prepare your submission.

ASCLA invites ALA members who are subject matter experts and experienced librarians with knowledge of interest to ASCLA members, to submit proposals for ASCLA online learning to be presented between April 2016 and August 2016, as a part of ASCLA’s outstanding online learning offerings. See the list of suggested hot topics below. All proposals must be submitted electronically.

ASCLA members include, but are not limited to: 

  • Library staff providing services to special populations, including library users with disabilities and adults and youth who are incarcerated or detained
  • Independent librarians and consultants
  • State libraries and their employees
  • Public libraries serving or working with the populations above
  • Library networks and cooperatives

What courses are we currently offering? Check them out at the ASCLA online learning webpage.
Webinar presenters and online learning instructors are compensated for their work and will receive training and support for Adobe Connect, the webinar technology platform used by the division.

Proposal topics for courses and webinars may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • ADA updates for libraries
  • Assessing accessibility knowledge
  • Basics and best practices for prison/jail libraries
  • Basics of running a hospital/medical library
  • Benchmarks and evaluation
  • Budgeting for the first time manager
  • Collaborative digitization
  • Adult programming in correctional libraries
  • Correctional/prison librarianship 101
  • Creating training for patrons who use accessibility tools
  • Data analysis and assessment
  • Designing effective surveys
  • E-books and cooperatives –  best practices
  • Future trends in library service
  • Grants: how to find grant funding and write your proposal
  • Helping library users with learning disabilities
  • How to be a consultant
  • How to be a futurist
  • How to deliver online training
  • How to hire a library consultant
  • Innovative service ideas for library cooperatives
  • Law librarianship for correctional librarians
  • Library cooperatives: basics of managing services
  • Low-literacy adults
  • Marketing library services to special needs populations
  • Marketing on a shoestring budget
  • Mobile and emerging technologies for those with special needs, including apps and ipads
  • Nonprofit leadership
  • Outcomes-based education
  • Outreach to visually or physically handicapped populations
  • Partnering with community organizations
  • Serving library patrons with cognitive or mental impairments
  • Standards and guidelines to improve library services
  • Training staff to serve library users with disabilities
  • Utilizing focus groups to prioritize services for people with disabilities
  • Working with refugees

Questions about submissions or about ASCLA’s online learning programs should be sent to Andrea Hill, ASCLA web manager and primary online learning contact at