ASCLA is now accepting nominations for its 2016 awards!

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:

Ready to Submit a Proposal for an ASCLA Webinar or Online Course?

Call for online learning proposals: Submit by Sept. 18, 2015 for ASCLA online courses, webinars

Access the online webinar submission form here.

Download a PDF of the webinar form to help you prepare your submission.

Access the online course submission form here.

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

ASCLA invites subject matter experts and experienced librarians with knowledge to share to submit proposals for ASCLA webinars and online courses to be presented between October 2015 and August 2016 as a part of ASCLA’s outstanding online learning offerings. See the list of suggested hot topics below.

ASCLA welcomes proposals on topics that will assist our diverse membership in improved service delivery and job performance, as well as topics that reflect ASCLA’s expertise and are valuable for all types of libraries, librarians and library support staff across the profession.

Proposals will be accepted through September 18, 2015 Webinars approved for presentation will be offered between Oct. 22, 2015 and August 31, 2016. Approved online courses will launch in November 2015 through August 2016.

What are we currently offering as webinars and online courses? Check them out at the ASCLA website. More information about the submission process and ASCLA’s online learning offerings is at the ASCLA website under the Online Learning section.

Webinar presenters and online learning instructors are compensated for their work (($150 to be split among webinar presenters; a development fee and per student rate for online courses) and will receive training and support for Adobe Connect, the webinar technology platform used by the division, and Moodle, the online tool used for courses.

Successful online learning proposals will:


  • Show plans for content and presentation strategies that will fill the allotted time: 60-75 minutes for webinars, and 4-6 weeks for courses;
  • Identify clear learning outcomes for participants;
  • Clearly illustrate the qualifications of the presenter(s)/instructor(s) with respect to the proposed topic;
  • IMPORTANT: Show how the presentation addresses a topic either of interest to ASCLA members or represents an area of ASCLA’s expertise that benefits other types of librarians. Proposals that are unique from other available online learning offerings are also highly valued.


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

    • ADA updates for libraries
    • Correctional libraries and Adult programming
    • Assessing accessibility knowledge
    • Benchmarks and evaluation measures
    • Budgeting how-to’s for the first time manage
    • Collaborative digitization
    • Correctional/prison librarianship 101: covering the basics of a good prison/jail library
    • Data analysis and assessment
    • Dealing with learning disabilities
    • Designing effective surveys
    • Download training for patrons who use accessibility tools like screen readers
    • E-books and cooperatives
    • Emerging technologies for those with special needs, including apps and ipads
    • Evaluating and improving cooperative services
    • Evaluation content analysis
    • Future trends in library service
    • Grants: how to find grant funding and write your proposal
    • Group purchasing
    • Health literacy
    • How to be a consultant
    • How to be a futurist
    • How to deliver online training
    • How to hire a library consultant
    • Innovations in library service
    • Innovative services for an aging population
    • Law librarianship for correctional librarians
    • Library cooperatives: managing and improving services
    • Low-literacy adults
    • Marketing library services to special needs populations
    • Marketing on a shoestring budget
    • Navigating book selection sources
    • Nonprofit leadership
    • Outcomes-based education
    • Outreach skills training
    • Outreach to visually or physically handicapped populations
    • Partnering with community organizations
    • Recognizing great service in member libraries
    • Seeking grants for consultancy work
    • Serving library patrons with cognitive or mental impairments
    • Standards and guidelines to improve library services to people with disabilities or people who are incarcerated
    • Technology trends for special needs populations
    • Training staff to serve library users with disabilities, and raising awareness of this important population
    • Utilizing focus groups to prioritize services to the disabled
    • 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


Laughlin seeks 2017-18 ALA presidency!

Laughlin seeks 2017-18 ALA presidency! One of ASCLA’s very own and oh, so proud!

Read all about it here:…/hinchliffe-laughlin-seek-2017-18-ala-p…

ASCLA Board & Committee Meetings at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference

Barring executive sessions, all of the following meetings are open and any individual registered for the 2015 Annual Conference may sit in on the meeting.

Board of Directors
All conference registrants are invited to attend the board meetings as our honored guests. The agenda and documents are completed prior to the conference. Anyone interested in viewing the agenda for the meeting, as well as the documents that accompany the agenda items, may view or download them from ALA Connect group for ASCLA board. If you or your constituency develops an action item or document for board consideration, please give it to the ASCLA staff by noon the day preceding the board meeting.

Hope to see you there! Add to my schedule

Board I – Saturday, June 27, Time: 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM. Location: Hilton San Francisco Union Square, Continental 6
Board II – Monday, June 29, Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM. Location: Moscone Convention Center, 200 – 212 South

All Committee
ASCLA committees may meet during this time to conduct business to review, recommend and plan goals, objectives, and priorities for the division as they relate to ASCLA. Add to my schedule

The following Committees and Interest Groups will be meeting at the scheduled All Committee scheduled day/time/location: Please check with your Interest Group Leader or Committee Chair if you do not see yours’ listed below.


  • ASCLA Awards Committee
  • Membership Promotion Committee
  • Web Presence Committee

Interest Groups:

  • Future of Library Interest Group
  • Library Services and Technoloy Act Coordinator’s Interest Group.
  • Library Services for People With Visual or Physical Disabilities
  • Youth Services Consultants Interest Group

Date: Sunday, June 28, Time: 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM. Location: Moscone Convention Center, 200 – 212 South 

Exclusive ASCLA Programs at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference

Gaming for All:  Level the Playing Field for People with Disabilities
As gaming becomes a common item on the menu of library programs, we need to look at how to include all of our patrons and how to reach emerging audiences such as people with disabilities, aging baby boomers, veterans, and many others can enjoy getting their game on with a few tweaks and some planning if we are willing to try it.At the end of the program, attendees will be able to identify the barriers facing potential gamers, as well as identify proven strategies for marketing barrier free gaming.
Brought to you by the ASCLA Universal Access Interest Group, ASCLA Alzheimer’s & Related Dementias Interest Group, ASCLA Bridging Deaf Cultures @ your library Interest Group, ASCLA Library Services to People with Visual or Physical Disabilities that Prevent Them from Reading Standard Print Interest Group.

  • Judy Kamilhor, Coordinator Older Adult Services, Brooklyn Public Library,
  • Mark Barlet, Executive Director/Founder, AbleGamers Foundation
  • John Huth, Teen Librarian, Services for Children and Youth with Disabilities, Brooklyn Public Library
  • Rachel Meit, Regional Librarian-DC Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped,
  • Manger – Adaptive Services Department, DC Public Library
Moderator:    Carrie Banks, Supervising Librarian, Brooklyn Public Library
Date: Saturday, June 27, Time: 8:30 – 10:00 AM. Location: ​Moscone Convention Center, 2010 West, Add to my schedule.

Tour of the San Francisco Juvenile Justice Center
Join us for a library tour of the San Francisco Juvenile Justice Center (JJC), led by public librarians who work at the facility. SF JJC houses incarcerated young men and women from 12-18 years of age and includes a San Francisco Public Library program. Learn about juvenile justice in the Bay Area and tour our extensive, hand-picked collection. Brought to you by the Library Services to Youth in Custody interest group (LSYC).

Cost: Free

Date: Saturday, June 27, Time: 9:00 – 10:30 AM. Location: 375 Woodside Ave.
Tour meet CHANGE TO: meets at the main entrance, marked JUVENILE JUSTICE CENTER, (not the Superior Court entrance) at 9 am. The tour will end at the same location at 10:30am.

Transit Directions: Take BART to Glen Park station, then take MUNI route 44 or 52 outbound CHANGE TO: inbound and get off at the intersection of Woodside and Portola. Upon boarding, ask the driver to announce the Juvenile Justice Center stop.

Parking: Limited free parking is available on the surrounding streets.

*Each individual must complete a registration form in advance and must bring photo ID to be admitted to the facility*

Tour Registration Here.

Please note: No purses, keys, phones, cameras, or bags are allowed in the facility. Very limited locker storage space may be available. All participants must pass through a metal detector. All participants must carry a photo ID on them.

Next Chapter Book Club, (NCBC): A Community-based Model for Engaging People with Disabilities
This presentation is timely in that it is responsive to numerous inquiries received by NCBC from libraries seeking an alternative approach to engaging people with developmental disabilities. Attendees will gain a better understanding of the importance of literacy/lifelong learning, socialization, and community participation for people with developmental disabilities and can begin to take necessary steps in establishing an NCBC program in their community.

  • Thomas Fish, Ph.D., Director of Social Work and Family Support Services, (Founder/Director, Next Chapter Book Club), The Ohio State University Nisonger Center
  • Linda Holtslander, Division Manager – Programming, Loudoun County Public Library
  • Jillian Ober, Program Manager, The Ohio State University Nisonger Center
  • Deborah Motley, Independent Consultant
  • Mary Pellicano, Librarian, Loudoun County Public Schools
  • Pam Brooks, Head Librarian Adult and Teen Services, Scotch Plains Public Library
Date: Saturday, June 27, Time: 10:30 – 11:30 AM. Location: Moscone Convention Center, 2000 West, Add to my schedule

What is a Consultant, Really?

Gain a better understanding of what library consulting is and the many types. The field of Library Consultant is a growing field in the library profession and a viable career choice not just for retirees anymore.  Contract consulting is more popular in this time of tightening budgets allowing libraries to hire project specific library professionals for short or long term projects such as:

  • building or remodeling their buildings or
  • completing cataloging projects or
  • creating software specific to that library or
  • creating unique webinars at less cost than expensive “canned” programs and many more.

State libraries and consortia are hiring consultants as permanent staff, offering their services to libraries on a case by case basis.  The unique and often complicated definition of consultant is a moving target and this panel discussion will help solidify what this often misunderstood sector of the library profession really is. Ideal for anyone currently consulting or interested in becoming a consultant. Brought to you by the Library Consultants Interest Group, (LCIG).

Date: Saturday, June 27, Time: 10:30 – 11:30 AM. Location: Moscone Convention Center 131 North, Add to my schedule

Introduction to Conference & Event Planning for Librarians
Attendees will be learn to how to identify basic evaluation characteristics of a potential conference site;  create a checklist of planning activities to ensure a successful event;  be able to implement a competitive application process; and  know common negotiation issues involved with conference centers, hotels, and other related vendors. Ideal for those who have responsibilities in planning an event from start to finish; identifying site locations to holding of final event. Brought to you by the State Library Agencies – Library Development Interest Group, (LDIG).

Speaker: Jeff Slagell, Dean of Libraries at Delta State University

Date: Saturday, June 27, Time: 10:30 – 11:30 AM. Location: Moscone Convention Center132 North,  Add to my Schedule

AIDS in the End Zone: Working with Incarcerated Youth to Create a Graphic Novel on HIV/AIDS Prevention
An easily replicable program for librarians working with incarcerated youth and adults. The program being presented was based on working with incarcerated youth to create an HIV/AIDS prevention tool. Attendees will learn how they can work with teens and adults to create graphic novels on any topic in their libraries and / or classrooms. At the end of the program, interested attendees will learn how incarcerated youth in their facilities can participate in a future phase of the AIDS in the End Zone project.

  • Karen Gavigan, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Library and Information Science, University of South Carolina
  • Kendra Albright, Associate Professor,School of Library and Information Science, University of South Carolina
Date: Saturday, June 27 Time: 1:00 – 2:30 PM. Location: Moscone Convention Center, 122 North, Add to my schedule.

Transforming the Sense of Wonder: The Library as a Community Science Center
Gain an understanding for the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and collaboration of State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAA) and partner organizations. At the end of this program attendees will understand how to collaborate with outside non-profits for STEM programming. Brought to you by the State Library Agencies – Library Development Interest Group, (LDIG).

Speaker: Cynthia Randall

Date: Sunday, June 28, Time: 10:30 – 11:30 AM. Location: Moscone Convention Center,  2022 West,  Add to my Schedule

Everything You Wanted to Know about Library Consulting, but were Afraid to Ask
Have you always wanted to share your mad library skills as a consultant, but didn’t know quite how to start?  Please join members of ASCLA’s Library Consultant Interest Group (LCIG) for this informal meet and greet to network and explore. Brought to you by the Library Consultant’s Interest Group, (LCIG).

Speaker: Carson Block

Date: Sunday, June 28, Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM. Location: Moscone Convention Center, 3000 West, Add to my Schedule.

Network, Socialize and Celebrate at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference!

Awards Ceremony & Reception
Hang out with your ASCLA colleagues and celebrate this year’s award winners at the ASCLA/COSLA awards and networking reception. All conference attendees and guests are invited to this event! Co-sponsored by the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA). Add to my schedule.

Date: Saturday, June 27, Time: 5:45 – 7:15 PM, Location: Hilton San Francisco Union Square, Imperial A

ASCLA 101 at the ALA 2015 Annual Conference – Learn more about ASCLA and get involved!

ASCLA 101: Network, Get Oriented, Get Involved! 
ASCLA: a small but mighty division! With more than 800 members national and worldwide, ASCLA is home to library consultants, and those that work in state, public, government, prison, and special libraries and cooperatives. Come meet some of our members and hear what they have to say about ASCLA and our diverse Interest Groups and volunteer opportunities.Add to my schedule.

Speaker: Lily Sacharow

Date: Saturday, June 27, Time: 10:30 – 11:30 AM, Location: Marriott Marquis San Francisco, Yerba Buena Salon 13 – 15

Three Outstanding ASCLA Preconferences at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) In Your Library
The training staff of the Pacific ADA Center have tailored this preconference training program for the specialized needs libraries face with ADA questions and issues. Preconference session topics will include:

  •  An overview of the ADA – who and what does it cover?
  •  Excellent customer service skills and appropriate terminology to use with library patrons with disabilities
  •  Effective communication with patrons who have vision and hearing disabilities
  •  Accessible technology and how libraries can use it
  •  Hiring and accommodation of library staff with disabilities
  •  The basics about service animals
  •  The ADA quiz – how much do you know?

This preconference is ideal for library staff assigned as ADA coordinator for their library, or anyone else with an interest in the ADA. Co-Sponsored by Universal Access and Library Services for People with Visual or Physical Disabilities that Prevent Them from Reading Standard Print Interest Groups. Register here.

  • Erica C. Jones, Executive Director, Pacific ADA Center
  • Lewis Kraus, Deputy Director, Pacific ADA Center
  • Jan Garrett, Program Manager, Pacific ADA Center
  • Judith Stark, Accessible Information Technology Specialist, Pacific ADA Center
Facilitator:   Christopher Corrigan
Date: Friday, June 26 2015, Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Location: Moscone Convention Center, 2012 West
Cost: Members $275, Non Members $299, If you are a member of ASCLA, use special code ASCLA2015 to receive the price of $225.

Looking to the Future: Strategic Foresight and Scenario Planning
Go beyond trend spotting and learn how professional futurists leverage strategic foresight tools and approaches to look and see the big picture of where we are headed. Join our presenters, two consultants trained in Foresight by the University of Houston, as they lead hands-on activities where you will learn tools and techniques you can leverage for creating future scenarios at your own organization. This preconference will have maximum value for those interested in strategic planning, scenario planning, trend-spotting, futurism and anticipating significant changes that lie ahead. Co-Sponsored by the American Library Association’s Center for the Future of Libraries and the Future of Libraries Interest Group.  Register here.


  • Jamie Hollier, MLS., Consultant
  • Jen Chang, MLS., JD., Consultant.

Date: Friday, June 26 2015, Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Location: Moscone Convention Center, 228 – 230 South

Cost: Members $229, Non Members $255, If you are a member of ASCLA use, special code ASCLA2015 to receive the price of $179, $219.

The A to Z of RFPs: Writing, Responding, Evaluating, and Awarding Requests for Proposals
Managing a courier service requires a thorough understanding of the request for proposals (RFPs) process, from writing them through awarding them. Take advantage of the in-depth knowledge and experience this group of managers and directors have garnered through creating, responding to, evaluating, and awarding RFPs, as well as assessing performance once the RFP has been awarded. Brought to you by the Physical Delivery Interest Group. Register here.

  • Jim Minges, Principal – Minges and Associates
  • Greg Pronevitz, Executive Director – Massachusetts Library System
  • Mark Sullivan, Executive Director – IDS Project – SUNY Geneseo
  • Jane Plass, Associate Executive Director – Reaching Across Illinois Library System, (RAILS)
  • Kathleen Drozd, Assistant Director – MINITEX, University of Minnesota
  • Kristine Ferry, Head Access Services University California, Irvine Libraries
  • Sarah Troy, Head Access Services University California, Santa Cruz
Moderator:  Jim Pletz, Director, The Library Network
Date: Friday, June 26 2015, Time: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Location: Moscone Convention Center, 232 – 234 SouthCost: Members $275, Non Members $299, If you are a member of ASCLA, use special code ASCLA2015 to receive the price of $225.

ASCLA President’s Program at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference

Charlene Li

How Social Technology Can Transform Leadership
Join ASCLA for a thoughtful discussion about social media and technologies with keynote speaker Charlene Li, expert on leadership, strategy, social technologies, interactive media and marketing. Ms. Li is the founder of Altimeter Group and the author of the New York Times bestseller, Open Leadership and the coauthor of the critically acclaimed, bestselling book Groundswell. Learn more at

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Date: Sunday, June 28, 2015, Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM, Location: Moscone Convention Center, 3014 – 3015 West


ASCLA 2015 Election Results!


– Golrick, Michael

Head of Reference/Library Consultant, State Library of Louisiana, Baton Rouge, LA


– McKenney, Janet Elizabeth

Director, Library Development, Maine State Library, Augusta, Maine

– Pannebaker, Susan

Youth Services Advisor, Pennsylvania Department of Education, Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania


– Hollier, Jamie K.

Co-CEO, Anneal, Inc., Denver, Colorado


– Banks, Carrie Scott

Supervising Librarian, The Child’s Place for Children and Teens with Special Needs, Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, New York


– Knapp, Wendy

Associate Director of Statewide Services, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN


– Corrigan, Christopher

Digital Reference Librarian, Library of Congress, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Washington DC.