Meet Kara Riley, ASCLA’s newest Emerging Leader!

Kara Riley, customer development librarian at the Braille and Talking Book Library in Daytona Beach, FL has been selected as the 2014 Emerging Leader for the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA). The ALA Emerging Leaders (EL) program is a leadership development program which enables newer library workers from across the country to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, gain insight of the ALA structure and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity.

Beginning at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, ELs will meet for a daylong introductory session followed by six months of project engagement through online learning and networking environments. At the end of the program, ELs will present their project results with a poster session display at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas. As the ASCLA Emerging Leader, Riley will collaborate with other ELs on the project of their choosing. Riley will also have the opportunity to work closely with ASCLA leadership throughout the year.

Riley received her MLIS in 2013 from the University of Alabama,  and her BA double major in Mass Communication: Radio/Television/Film and Theatre Performance from Auburn University in 2010.  Prior to her current position she worked as an intern and Librarian Specialist at the Braille and Talking Book Library where she was quickly promoted with more responsibilities. Riley participates in endless events and activities designed to disseminate information to people who need it; and most recently she has joined the local group, One Voice For Volusia, which unites non-profits in the Daytona Beach area to achieve county-wide goals. Riley, on the EL program, said, “I am very passionate about my field, I know that having diverse experiences will allow me to better serve my community.”

On behalf of the ASCLA community, welcome, Kara! We look forward to working with you!

Special Bulk Pricing Now Available for ASCLA’s AccessAbility Academy

Special bulk pricing for ASCLA’s webcast tutorial (AccessAbility Academy: Positive Interactions: Making the Library a Welcoming and Empowering Place for People with Disabilities) is now available. Due to popular demand, ASCLA is now offering bulk pricing for Academic Library Systems, Large Public Libraries (more than 10 staff), Library Cooperatives, and State Library Agencies:

• 1-4 libraries ‐ $500 per library.

• 5-9 libraries ‐ $300 per library.

• 10‐25 libraries ‐ $200 per library.

• 26‐50 libraries ‐ $100 per library.

• 51‐100 libraries ‐ $75 per library.

• 101+ libraries ‐ $50 per library.

Bulk pricing requires a single payment and includes all members of the library’s staff. Bulk pricing provides 12 months of access.

Positive Interactions is a recorded webcast the participant views on his/her computer any time of the day or night.

• A library can also choose to view the Positive Inter actions webcast with the participants together in a meeting/training room

To purchase Positive Interactions at the bulk rate, please call 800-545-2433, extension 5, or email:, and ask for the special bulk pricing rate for ASCLA’s AccessAbility Academy: Positive Interactions: Making the Library a Welcoming and Empowering Place for People with Disabilities.

For more information about this webcast, please go here:


Introducing the first module of ASCLA’s AccessAbility Academy


Whether you work at an academic, public or special library, you want your library to welcome and empower everyone in your community. How can you ensure you’re ready to help people with disabilities access the resources that enrich their lives and help them succeed?

The new tutorial “Positive Interactions: Making the Library a Welcoming and Empowering Place for People with Disabilities” will prepare all library staff to feel fully confident when communicating and interacting with people with disabilities.

“Positive Interactions” is the first module of ASCLA’s AccessAbility Academy.

With the purchase of this recorded tutorial, you’ll get:

  • Tips and practical advice to help prepare library employees at public, academic and special libraries to effectively communicate and interact with people with disabilities
  • A solid understanding of the broad and diverse types of disabilities and how they impact the way people use the library and its resources
  • Strategies for interacting and building relationships with library users with disabilities that maximizes their empowerment and engagement
  • Certificate of recognition template and more

Make 2013 the year that you take the next step in transforming your library into a more welcoming place for all users.

Purchase “Positive Interaction” now.

ASCLA members:
Organizations: $99 for up to 10 participants
Individuals: $29 each

Non-ASCLA members:
Organizations: $199 for up to 10 participants
Individuals: $59 each