ASCLA Goes to Spain!

Please join ASCLA on our next trip: we’re off to Spain on  March 26 – April 4, 2014.  Barcelona, Madrid, and Seville will be a part of this tour! Be sure to sign up soon – there are a limited number of seats available for this trip.

This adventure is open to the library community and their friends and family; there are no membership requirements in order to participate. Bring your spouses, siblings and friends along!       

To reserve your spot, download the application form, and send the completed form and checks, payable to Lyceum Tours, to Michael Stilwell, Lyceum Tours, 5 Haddon Ave Suite #5, Haddonfield, NJ, 08033.

More information:                   

Travelers will arrive in Barcelona on March 27, 2014. In Barcelona you will tour the city, La Sagrada Família and Park Guell, two of Gaudi’s creations, the Barcelona Public Library and Las Ramblas. The next stop will be Seville, with a tour of Alcazar, Archivo General de Indias and Biblioteca Colombina, housing documents about explorations to the “New World” including drawings and letters from Christopher Columbus, Hernan Cortes and other explorers. Then, you will travel to Madrid with a stop en route in Cordoba to visit the Mezquita, an incredible Church that has been a Mosque, Synagogue and Catholic Church, plus a tour of the Prado in Madrid.

Download this flyer for a complete trip itinerary.


Trip Cost: $2,739.00 plus airfare. Includes 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners, 8 nights of accommodations in 4 and 5 star hotels, motor coach transportation, airfare from Barcelona to Seville, and Lyceum Tours escort and guides as noted in the itinerary. Deposit payment of $500 is due by January 20, 2014 to reserve your space, with the balance due by February 25, 2014. Please make checks payable to Lyceum Tours.

 A portion of the trip’s proceeds benefits ASCLA.

Deposits in the amount of $500 are due by January 20, 2014, with the balance due February 25, 2014.

To reserve your spot, download the application form, and send the completed form and checks, payable to Lyceum Tours, to Michael Stilwell, Lyceum Tours, 5 Haddon Ave Suite #5, Haddonfield, NJ, 08033.

Checks should be made payable to Lyceum Tours.

Questions about the Trip?

Contact Lyceum Tours at 856-795-9044 or

ASCLA seeks webinar proposals through January 15

ASCLA encourages subject matter experts and experienced librarians to  submit proposals for ASCLA webinars to be presented March 15 through May 15, 2014 and August, 2014.

ASCLA welcomes proposals on topics that will assist our diverse membership in improved service delivery and job performance that are valuable for all types of libraries, librarians and library support staff.

Proposals are accepted and evaluated on an ongoing basis, however it is strongly recommended that proposals for webinars in spring 2014 be submitted by January 15, 2014 for presentation March 15 through May 15, 2014 and August, 2014.

Check out the online learning opportunities that ASCLA is currently offering. You can also find more information about the submission process on the ASCLA website under the Online Learning section.

Webinar presenters are compensated for their work and will receive training and support for Adobe Connect, the webinar technology platform used by the division.

The webinar proposal form can be accessed here:

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

  • ADA updates for libraries; adult programming in a correctional library; eBooks;
  • assessing accessibility knowledge; benchmarks and evaluation measures; best practices, standards and guidelines to improve library services;
  • innovative services for an aging population; budgeting; collaborative digitization;
  • correctional librarianship 101: covering the basics of a good prison/jail library; data analysis and assessment;
  • dealing with learning disabilities; designing effective surveys; cultivating member loyalty through relationships in cooperative organizations;
  • download training for patrons who use screen readers; emerging technologies for those with special needs, including apps and iPads;
  • evaluating and improving cooperative services; evaluation content analysis; financial literacy;
  • future trends in library service; GIS training; 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; nonprofit leadership; increasing public understanding of the value of libraries;
  • innovations in library service; law librarianship for correctional librarians; managing and improving services in a library cooperative;
  • marketing library services to special needs populations; marketing on a shoestring budget; navigating book selection sources;
  • outcomes-based education; outreach skills; outreach to visually or physically handicapped populations;
  • partnering with community organizations; project planning; public education as a marketing tool; recognizing great service in member libraries;
  • seeking grants for consultancy work; services to library patrons with cognitive or mental impairments;
  • low-literacy adults; diverse populations, including special needs populations; tablet computers;
  • training staff to confidently serve library users with disabilities, and raising awareness of this important population;
  • technology trends for special needs populations; utilizing focus groups to prioritize services to the disabled; and working with refugees.

Questions about submissions or about ASCLA’s online learning programs may be sent to Andrea Hill, ASCLA web manager and online learning liaison at


Lead and succeed: Still time to register for ASCLA’s Midwinter institutes!

Registration opened Oct. 1 for three institutes covering online course design, the secrets to successful leadership and how to become a library consultant  that will be hosted by the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.

There is something among these three workshops that will appeal to everyone, from the retiree to the library school student, and from the public librarian to the special librarian. Participants in “Designing Online Courses for Significant Learning Experience” will learn how to build effective online courses, a skill that can be used to conduct outreach, deliver library instruction and teach regular online courses in the LIS field. “Knowing You, Knowing Them: The Secret to Successful Leadership” brings us insight into ourselves as leaders, covering emotional intelligence, personalities in the workplace, dealing with change and creating a motivating environment with an engaging presentation from professional trainer Linda Bruno. “Assembling a Consulting Toolkit” brings back the incredibly popular crash course in library consulting–an incredibly valuable investment in yourself and a Plan B for your library career. This time the event will be held over Thursday and Friday, allowing attendees to socialize and networking on Thursday evening.

All of these events require advance ticket purchase, but registration for the 2014 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.

Register for these events at the Midwinter Meeting registration page.

This year’s Midwinter institutes and events hosted by ASCLA are:

Designing Online Courses for Significant Learning Experiences
8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Friday, Jan. 24
Co-sponsored by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA)
Are you doing training or instruction at your library or institution? Are you a seasoned professional with special skills and expertise that you see a market for an e-course? Developing and teaching online courses that create the best possible learning experiences for student participants is both an art and a science. Using a collaborative, hands-on approach, presenters Dr. Stewart Ross and Linda Jacoby of the internationally known consulting firm Dee Fink and Associates will guide institute participants through the (re)design of an online course using an integrated course design template. At the end of the workshop, participants will have the skills and confidence to assist others in the development of online courses, or to develop their own online training modules or courses. The techniques applied in this session can also be applied to face-to-face course development. All participants will receive certificates of participation. REGISTRATION RATES: ASCLA & RUSA members, $279; ALA members, $299; non-ALA members, $349; Student/Retired members of ALA, $229.

Knowing You, Knowing Them: The Secret to Successful Leadership
9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Friday, Jan. 24

One of the biggest challenges of leading others is understanding what makes them tick. This full-day workshop will help you understand both yourself in light of your leadership responsibilities, and those who work for you. Instead of offering a checklist or template of how-tos, presenter Linda Bruno, MBA, will focus on the human element of leadership. You will leave this session with insights into personalities, emotional intelligence, dealing with change and creating a motivating environment – secrets that can help you be a more successful leader! Linda has presented several workshops for ASCLA and receives rave reviews for her content and presentations. REGISTRATION RATES: ASCLA members, $279; ALA members, $299; non-ALA members, $339; Student/Retired members of ALA, $229.

Assembling a Consulting Toolkit: What You Need to Know to be a Successful Library Consultant (Two part series)
Thursday, January 23, 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Friday, January 24, 8am – 1pm.
ASCLA – the home to library consultants and independent librarians within ALA – is bringing back its wildly successful, sell-out workshop! Seasoned consultants Nancy Bolt and Liz Bishoff will present an overview of the consultant’s role and guide you through an active and engaging self-assessment to uncover your unique consulting potential and strengths. Takeaways include marketing tips, pricing your services, responding to RFPs, finding clients, business management strategies and so much more. *Note that this event is held over two days – Thursday afternoon and Friday morning – with an opportunity for networking on Thursday evening. This institute will not be offered in Las Vegas, so don’t miss out on this opportunity! REGISTRATION RATES: ASCLA members, $279; ALA members, $299; non-ALA members, $339; Student/Retired members of ALA, $229.

ASCLA, a small, mighty and growing 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 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. Learn more about ASCLA and how to join this innovative division.