Next ASCLA trip heads to Italy with visits to Amalfi Coast, National Library and Vatican Museum

The dates and itinerary are set for ASCLA’s next adventure abroad: ASCLA in Italy! We’ll be traveling April 15-24, 2013, and we invite you to join us!

During this avventura italiana, we’ll spend time in Sorrento; Puglia; the Amalfi Coast: Amalfi, Positano, Ravello, Sorrento and Capri; Rome: the National Library, the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica; Lecce, Ostuni….and more!

The cost for this this trip is 8 nights for $2950 plus airfare. A portion of the trip’s proceeds benefit ASCLA.

Download this brochure for more information.

The trip cost includes 8 nights accommodations, 8 breakfast, 8 dinners, 2 lunches, cooking class, guided tours throughout the trip, motor coach transportation, roundtrip ferry and funicular to Capri, Blue Grotto tour, cruise on the Amalfi coast, and admission to the Vatican. Participants are responsible for their own airfare.

Deposits in the amount of $500 are due by September 15, 2012, with the balance due by January 15, 2013. Checks should be made payable to Lyceum Tours. Questions about the trip? Contact the ASCLA office at or 312-280-4395, or Lyceum Tours at 856-795-9044.

Register Now! ASCLA Online Course “Improving Library Services for People with Disabilities”

Registration is now open for the next offering of “Improving Library Services for People with Disabilities”, an online course offered by the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) that aligns with one of the division’s core values: access to library services and information for all.

Register online now for this course.

Schedule: The course will run October 1-28, 2012, with two live online meetings on Thursday, Oct. 11 and Thursday, Oct. 25 from 3:00-4:00p.m. Central time. Additional weekly coursework is self-paced. The course will be held in Moodle, our online course management system.

Who should attend? This course is truly designed for all library staff, including support staff, general professional staff, age-level or subject specialists, managers and administrators.

How will this course benefit my library? Providing library services to people with disabilities is a role filled by all levels of library staff. From the part-time aide checking out library materials to the library director determining policies, staff skills and attitudes are crucial for a satisfactory library experience. During this course, participants will identify library users with disabilities at their library and the resources and assistive technologies available to assist them; examine changes in attitudes, laws and technologies that have impacted people with disabilities; and will be able to recommend changes in personal and organizational behaviors to improve services for people with disabilities at their library.

Registration: Interested participants can register online now, register via fax or mail, or learn more about the course at the ASCLA website. Registration fees start at $130 for ASCLA members. Discounted group registration rates for two or more registrants from the same library, library system or network are available—download the group registration form. Contact ALA’s Membership and Customer Service Team with any questions about registration for this course at or (800) 545-2433, option 5.

About the Instructor: Kate Todd has worked as a children’s librarian for The New York Public Library and as emerging technologies librarian for Manhattanville College. At Manhattanville College, she taught “Technology for Special Education” in the graduate school of education. She has also taught several online courses for the Association of Library Services to Children (ALSC), including “Children with Disabilities in the Library”—this new ASCLA course is the general staff counterpart to that course.

ALA Connect: Redesign implementation begins at 6:00p.m. on August 1

ALA Connect is getting a facelift! New template implementation will begin at 6:00 pm CDT tonight (August 1). During the implementation, the site will be unavailable and a “maintenance mode” message will display.

We expect access to be restored with the new design around 8:00 pm CDT, but we’ll post an “all clear” announcement at when everything is done.

Need some help navigating the new Connect? The following help documents are now publicly available in the “Help” community on Connect.

The Member Chair FAQ at has also been updated.

We hope you enjoy the new look!