Member Feedback Needed! 5 minute online learning survey

ASCLA is in the process of upgrading its online training offerings in order to better serve the diverse needs of the members. We need your input now to be able to meet your specific online training needs. Even if you don’t ever expect to attend sessions, we would like your opinions.

The following survey should take no more than 5 minutes to complete. Any information you include will be managed confidentially. We are committed to continuous improvement in all areas of our association and your participation in this survey is very much appreciated.

Thank you for your support and please feel free to contact the ASCLA office ( if you have any questions.

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Transform Your Library: Top-Notch Service for All Users!

Is your library reaching all of its users with effective services, a welcoming environment and knowledgeable staff? ASCLA, a division of ALA, offers expertise in serving special populations. Take advantage of this expertise: enroll in one of our upcoming webinars or online courses to gain valuable knowledge that will help transform your library’s services to Latino populations, the blind and visually impaired, and people with disabilities. Learn more below, or visit our online learning page to find out about all of our upcoming opportunities.

Questions? Contact or (800) 545-2433, option 5.

WEBINAR: Serving the Blind and Visually Impaired in Your Library
Thursday, April 5, 2012, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Central Time
The need for services to the blind and visually impaired is relevant to all libraries. This webinar will introduce the Service Frontiers in BVIP Initiative for blind and visually impaired patrons. During the session we will review the definition of blindness; explore disability etiquette; and learn where the blind are and how to attract them with our library services. Service Frontiers in BVIP is a first-of-its-kind in the U.S. and we will create a successful model for public libraries around the country. This program will focus on developing partnerships –between libraries and the blind & visually impaired community– which will promote an ongoing exchange of needs, ideas and solutions for improving library services to this underserved population.
Who Should Attend:
Public and academic Librarians; library staff communicating and serving this community; reference librarians identifying and delivering information materials to this community; web developers interested in gaining a practical understanding of Section 508.
Buna Dahal, internationally acclaimed leadership strategist, ADA consultant, and secretary for the National Federation of the Blind of Colorado
starts at $40 for ASCLA members. Single-login group rates are $99.

ONLINE COURSE: Improving Library Services to People With Disabilities
Apr. 23 – May 18, 2012
Two live course chat meetings: Thursday, May 3 & 17, from 3-4 pm CENTRAL/Chicago Time
REGISTER NOW. Previous course offerings have sold out!
Library services to people with disabilities are provided by all levels of library staff.  From the part-time aide charging out library materials to the library director determining policies, staff skills and attitudes are crucial for a satisfactory library experience. All libraries have a plan for serving people with disabilities, whether it is the installation of ramps or the creation of special needs story times. But improvements are always possible. Library staff who enroll will review the current level of service to people with disabilities then explore materials and sources that provide additional support or new ideas.
Who Should Take This Course:
This course is designed for all library staff, including support staff, general professional staff, age-level or subject specialists, managers and administrators.
: Kate Todd has worked as a children’s librarian for The New York Public Library and as Emerging Technologies Librarian for Manhattanville College, where she also taught “Technology for Special Education” in the graduate School of Education. She also taught the popular ALSC online course “Children with Disabilities in the Library.”
starts at $130 for ASCLA members. Group rates for multiple registrations from the same library, library system or network are available!

WEBINAR: Creating a Latino Friendly Library
Thursday, May 17, 2012, 2:00 – 3:30pm Central Time
Latino communities continue to grow and we continue to puzzle over how to get this significant segment of our communities into the library. This webinar will introduce practical and simple techniques that libraries of all sizes can use to begin the process of making Latinos feel welcome and comfortable in the library. Participants will learn how to work with and challenge the language and cultural barriers that keep Latinos from using the library.
Who Should Attend:
Anyone whose library serves Latino/Spanish-speaking populations and who is interested in implementing a plan to bring more Latinos into the library and make them feel welcome.
Yolanda J. Cuesta, lead consultant at Cuesta MultiCultual Consulting
starts at $40 for ASCLA members. Single-login group rates are $99.

Webinar: Effectively Marketing Your State Library’s Services

Want to market your state library’s services to your library users?

The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies is offering a webinar that will show you exactly how to do that!

State Library Outreach to State Employees and Elected Officials
Monday, March 26, 2012 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Central Time
Registration closes Sunday, March 25–REGISTER NOW!

Learn from the Illinois State Library how to conduct effective outreach to your desired audience, such as state employees or elected officials, and raise awareness of the services available from your state library, and how you can assist them with their informational needs. This is an excellent opportunity for state library staff, reference librarians, outreach coordinators and other types of librarians to learn how to launch an effective campaign to promote your state library’s services.

During the webinar, we’ll:

  • Learn how to identify an audience and their needs
  • Review the importance of knowing your materials and resources
  • Explore new technology options and usage
  • Identify promotion techniques to gain exposure
  • Cover the recommendations, successes, failures and lessons learned from the Illinois State Library’s undertaking.
  • Address potential roadblocks such as restricted access to social media.

Webinar presenters: Debra Aggertt, reference outreach coordinator, Illinois State Library, and Sandra Fritz, reference librarian, Illinois State Library. Check out the webinar information page for more details about their background.

Individual registration: starts at $40 for ASCLA members
Group registration: $99 for a single login or $38/person (min. 2 people) for multiple logins
State Library Agency Members of ASCLA pay the amazing group rates of $69 for a single login or $29/person (min. 2 people) for multiple logins. Learn more about the benefits of ASCLA membership for SLAs here (PDF).

Questions about registration? Contact or (800) 545-2433, option 5.
Questions about your ALA or ASCLA membership? Contact

Congratulations Carrie Banks, ASCLA member, and LJ Mover and Shaker!

ASCLA member Carrie Banks, supervising librarian at the Child’s Place for Children with Special Needs, Brooklyn Public Library, has been named one of Library Journal’s 2012 Movers and Shakers! We here at ASCLA knew Carrie was pretty awesome, and now everyone knows–congratulations, Carrie! Check out Carrie’s profile here. A full list of 2012 LJ Movers and Shakers is here.

Explore libraries, pubs and historic sites of Ireland with ASCLA in 2012

The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) is following up its sold-out Paris trip with a fall trip to Ireland in 2012, inviting you to join us as we explore the emerald isle, its castles, libraries and important historic sites.

The trip will run Oct. 4-12, 2012 and will include hotels and transportation to Dublin, Kilkenny, Cork, Cobh and Killarney; four dinners; tours of the National Library and the Killarney Library, Trinity College and the Book of Kells, Powerscourt Gardens, Kilkenny and Blarney Castles and the Ring of Kerry. Participants will also tour Waterford Crystal, visit the heritage center in Cobh to learn more about important Irish historical events such as the mass migration of Irish to America and throw back a pint at a pub established in 1703. Participants are responsible for their own airfare.

This Irish adventure is a follow up to ASCLA’s sold-out trip to Paris, which will take flight in late April 2012. A portion of the trip’s proceeds benefit ASCLA, a division of ALA. All those interested in coming along on this exciting trip are welcome to attend regardless of membership status. An informational brochure is available for download at the ASCLA website.

For the tour of Ireland, deposits in the amount of $1,000 are due by June 1, 2012 with the balance due by Aug. 15, 2012. Checks should be made payable to Lyceum Tours and sent to Lyceum Tours, 11 Haddon Avenue, Haddonfield, N.J., 08033. Questions about the trip? Contact the ASCLA office at or (312) 280-4395, or Lyceum Tours at (856) 795-9044.

Revised Standards for Libraries Serving the Blind and Physically Handicapped Now Available

The “Revised Standards and Guidelines of Service for the Library of Congress Network of Libraries for the Blind and Physically Handicapped” (NLSBPH) have been published by the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) and are now available for purchase through the ALA Store.
The 2011 version of these standards and guidelines is the fourth iteration of ALA standards for libraries serving blind and physically handicapped individuals. They were developed by consumers, network librarians and their administering agencies to provide a benchmark for service by which the libraries can judge their accomplishments. The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLSBPH) uses these Standards as the basis for consultant visit reviews and evaluation of the library’s operations, and NLS anticipates implementing these revised standards beginning in 2012. NLS has reviewed cooperating network libraries against the original standards, and updates since 1980, with the goal of providing equitable service for eligible individuals wherever they reside in the United States or its possessions or territories.

Among other topics, the text provides information about standards for provision of services, resource development and management, public education and outreach, budget and funding, planning and evaluation, personnel and BARD; guidelines for personnel and space; and several appendices on critical information such as the Library of Congress/National Library Service Eligibility Criteria, the ALA Library Bill of Rights and Policy on Confidentiality of Library Records and the ALA Policy on Services for People with Disabilities.

Learn more about this publication and purchase your copy now at the ALA Store.

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. Our division’s work centers on member-driven interest groups that represent the diversity and important work of our engaged and active members. Not an ASCLA member, but interested in discounted registration rates on conference, ASCLA preconference and other ASCLA events? Join, renew or add ASCLA to your ALA membership at