2015 Elections

The following ASCLA members will be running for election for ASCLA offices in the 2015 Elections. Please join me in thanking these members for agreeing to stand for election for an ASCLA office. And be sure to vote in the Spring elections! Voting begins on March 24, 2015 through May 1, 2015 @ 11:59 PM CDT.


– Golrick, Michael

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

– Smithee, Jeannette P.

Executive Director, SEFLIN (Southeast Florida Library Information Network), Boca Raton, FL



– 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

– Block, Carson

Library Technology Consultant, Carson Block Consulting Inc., Fort Collins, Colorado



– Banks, Carrie Scott

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

– Johnson, Patrice

Librarian II, First Assistant, Talking Book Center, Chicago Public Library-Subregional Library of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped Network, Chicago, IL


– 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.


ASCLA Awards Nominations Period Extended Through March 1st! 

Each year, ASCLA offers five awards honoring professional achievement in the areas of work represented by our diverse membership.

Projects focused on library services to people with disabilities: TheASCLA/KLAS/NOD Award, sponsored by ASCLA, the National Organization on Disability (NOD) and Keystone Systems, Inc. This award recognizes an innovative and well-organized project that successfully developed or expanded services for people with disabilities. The award can be for a specific service(s) program or for a library that has made its total services more accessible through changing physical and/or attitudinal barriers. The winner receives $1,000* and a citation provided by Keystone Systems, Inc. Download the award nomination form.

Outstanding contributions to the advancement of library service for the blind and physically handicapped: The Francis Joseph Campbell Award honors a person or institution for significant contributions in this field of service with a medal and a citation. Contributions include but are not limited to: an imaginative and constructive program in a particular library; a recognized contribution to the national library program for blind persons; creative participation in library associations or organizations that advance reading for the blind; a significant publication or writing in the field; or imaginative contribution to library administration, reference, circulation, selection, acquisitions, or technical services. The award is administered by the Libraries Serving Special Populations Section (LSSPS) of ASCLA, and is supported by Keystone Systems, Inc. Download the award nomination form.

Extension and Outreach Services: The ASCLA Exceptional Service Awardrecognizes exceptional service to patients in a medical facility, to persons who are homebound, to inmates, to older adults and to adults with a physical or mental disability who live in group homes or residences, as well as to recognize professional leadership, effective interpretation of programs, pioneering activity and significant research. The recipient receives a citation. Download the award nomination form.

Cooperative, Consulting and State Library Services: The ASCLA Leadership and Professional Achievement Award is a citation presented to one or more ASCLA members exemplifying leadership and achievement in the following areas: consulting, library cooperation, networking, statewide service and programs and state library development. Download the award nomination form.

Service to ASCLA: The Cathleen Bourdon Service Award is a citation presented to an ASCLA personal member for exceptional service and sustained leadership to the division. This includes participation in activities that have enhanced the stature, reputation and overall strength of ASCLA and have also cultivated the division’s relationship with other appropriate organizations, institutions or governmental agencies. Download the award nomination form.

Those interested in submitting a nomination can download the appropriate award nomination form (s) from the awards section of the ASCLA website Nominations for all awards must be received by Feb. 8, 2015. Submission information is included on each form.

*Monetary award amounts are subject to change without notice and are contingent upon donor funding supplied at the time the award is presented. Questions about these awards should be directed to the committee chairperson, Linda S. Lyshol (lindal@firstcitylibraries.org) or to Marianne Braverman, ASCLA Marketing & Programs Manager (mbraverman@ala.org).

ASCLA, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is a diverse organization of librarians and support staff who work in academic and public libraries, state agencies, specialized libraries and multi-type cooperatives, as well as those who are self-employed. Not an ASCLA member, but interested in discounted registration rates on conference, ASCLA preconferences and other ASCLA events? Join, renew or add ASCLA to your ALA membership at www.ala.org/membership.

Using Comics to Promote Literacy – ROOM CHANGE!

Attending Comics to Promote Literacy with TOON Books? Please note the room change: Hilton Chicago Hotel, Salon A, Lower Lobby.

Same hotel as originally scheduled, just a new room.

Hope to see you there! http://ow.ly/I5Sn7


ASCLA Jewelry Sale, Midwinter 2015

Dear ASCLA Members,

If you will be at the Midwinter conference in Chicago, please consider stopping by the Hyatt Regency-Convention Center for a jewelry sale to benefit ASCLA. Nancy Bolt will have some gorgeous and unique items for sale – see the flyer here.

Hope to see you there!

Best Wishes
Susan Hornung
Executive Director, ASCLA/RUSA
shornung at ala.org

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Please check out our first e-newsletter, ASCLA Direct. News exclusively from, about and for ASCLA.

New District Dispatch website to highlight federal legislation and policy news that impacts libraries!

December 9, 2014 the American Library Association’s Washington Office launched a new and reinvigorated District Dispatch website that will highlight federal legislation and policy news that impacts libraries. The new District Dispatch makes it easier for library advocates to find important library news, search articles, share news with friends and learn more about library policy issues. Best of all, the new and improved site includes a “Breaking News” feature that makes it easier for library advocates to find the critical information they need to take action. Additionally, the new blog makes it easier for library staff to find free educational webinars.

As we head into a new Congress, ALA members are encouraged to subscribe to the District Dispatch to keep abreast of relevant library policy news, such as library funding opportunities, copyright reform, open access legislation, FCC proceedings and much more. Visit the blog today: http://www.districtdispatch.org.

ASCLA Institute at the 2015 Midwinter Meeting

Using Comics to Promote Literacy – Advance Ticket Purchase Required, Great Prices for Students!
Friday, January 30, 12:00pm to 4:00pm; Hilton-Chicago, Williford Room A

This topic is important and timely in today’s increasingly visual culture. Participants in “Using Comics to Promote Literacy” will learn how to use comics to promote both verbal and visual literacy for emerging and struggling readers, as well as learn how comics are used to teach the common core state standards in reading and writing. Our speakers will address the academic legitimacy of the comics genre and discuss how images imply rather than illustrate. Attendees will gain an appreciation of the depth and nuances found in comics. Learn why comics are not just fun to read, but an incredibly rich resource to capture and fuel a young reader’s imagination.

Registration for the 2015 Midwinter Meeting is not required in order to purchase a ticket. Membership in ASCLA is not required in order to participate, but ASCLA members receive the best registration rates on all of these events; learn more about ASCLA and join today.  Registration rates: ASCLA Members: $169; ALA Members: $235; Student and Retired Members:$99; Non-Members: $255. All Institute attendees will receive two TOON Books, one of which is a recipient of the 2010 ALA Geisel Award!

ASCLA Needs You!

Please consider volunteering for one of the below positions. Help ASCLA move forward in new and exciting ways!

ASCLA liaisons to ALA committees needed:

  • Liaisons to the literacy assembly,
  • Website advisory committee,
  • Website advisory committee/representative on accessibility issues,
  • APA certified public library administrator program certification review committee.

If you are interested in serving on one of these committees, please reply directly to kpeiffer@njstatelib.org

Don’t be left out in the cold and miss any of ASCLA’s 2015 Midwinter Meetings!


ASCLA Institute:
Using Comics to Promote Literacy, Friday, January 30, 12:00 – 4:00 PM
Hilton-Chicago, Williford Room A 

This topic is important and timely in today’s increasingly visual culture. Learn how to use comics to promote both verbal and visual literacy for emerging and struggling readers, as well as learn how comics are used to teach the common core state standards in reading and writing. Learn why comics are an incredibly rich resource to capture and fuel a young reader’s imagination. Register hereAdd to my schedule.

ASCLA/COSLA Networking and Happy Hour
Friday, January 30, 2015 – 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Renaissance Blackstone, Lower Lounge Bar
Kick off the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in style with the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) Networking and Happy Hour—an opportunity to socialize, network, and learn more about ASCLA. The event is open to all current ASCLA members, friends of ASCLA and those meeting attendees interested in learning more about the association and networking with peers. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet ASCLA’s leaders! Add to my schedule.


Finance and Planning / All Committee Meeting 
Saturday, January 31, 2015 – 3:00 – 5:30 PM
Hilton Chicago, Buckingham Room

Meeting to review, recommend and plan goals, objectives, and priorities for the division as they relate to the ASCLA’s budgetary matters. Add to my schedule

Leadership Session
McCormick Place, Room West 192a
Saturday, January 31, 2015, 10:00 11:30 AM
All members are invited to attend the Leadership Session immediately following ASCLA Board I to help brainstorm, strategize and learn! Add to my schedule.

Last but not least, the ASCLA board will meet twice in Chicago; please feel free to join us as our honored guests. The meetings will be held:

Board of Directors I
Saturday, January 31, 2015, 8:00 – 10:00 AM
McCormick Place West, Room: W192a Add to my schedule.
Board of Directors II 
Monday, February 2, 2015, 12:00 – 1:30 PM
McCormick Place West, Room: W195 Add to my schedule.

Volunteer and Get Involved with ASCLA!

Interested in meeting new people? ASCLA’s committees are a great way to get involved at the national level and make an impact, while having lots of fun. You can participate even if you can’t attend conferences; ALA’s online community, ALA Connect, and other tools offered by the division make virtual participation easy and engaging.

Below is a list of committees with current openings. As you can see, there are lots of ways to share your talents, influence major decisions for the association and make a difference in the library profession. I encourage you to review the list and find a place where you fit.

  • Awards Committee
  • Conference Programming Committee
  • Legislative Advocacy Committee
  • Membership Committee
  • Online Learning Committee
  • Publications Committee

If you are interested in serving on one of the committees listed above, please reply directly to me at rhondakgould@gmail.com by Dec. 31 with your preference(s). Members are needed to join these committees beginning July 1, 2015 for one and two year terms (all terms start July 1 and end June 30)

Don’t forget about opportunities to be involved via ASCLA interest groups, too!

I look forward to hearing from you!

Rhonda Gould
ASCLA Vice-President/President-Elect
Owner/Library Consultant, Gould Library Consulting