ASCLA’s Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias Interest Group (IGARD) Presents Poster Session at IFLA

The Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias Interest Group (IGARD) of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) Division of the American Library Association (ALA) successfully presented a poster at the IFLA WLIC 2016 which was held in Columbus, Ohio from Aug. 13-19, 2016. The poster was entitled “Reconnecting Persons with Dementia to their Libraries: Using Library Materials to Improve the Quality of Life for People Living with Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias”. Approximately 3,100 people from 137 countries visited the Congress.The IGARD poster was one of 203 posters displayed for three days (Aug. 15-17, 2016) within the Exhibition Hall. This location near the vendors ensured high visibility among attendees. During two, two-hour sessions on Aug. 15 and Aug. 16, Mary Beth Riedner and IGARD member Erik Johansen chatted about the poster with many interested parties. Over 125 printed handouts were distributed to those who wanted additional information. The poster can be found here:

[Online learning] Marketing and Advocacy, Serving People with Disabilities

Upcoming Online Learning

[eCourse]Improving Library Services to People with Disabilities” begins October 24. 1.2 CEUs are to be earned upon completion of this course.

Registration: $150 for ASCLA members; $195 for ALA members; $230 for non-ALA members; $120 for student members and retired members

It has been more than 25 years since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act that outlawed discrimination against people with disabilities in the United States.  Libraries have responded with a variety of initiatives.  All libraries have a plan for serving people with disabilities, whether it is installation of ramps or creation of special needs story times.  But improvements are always possible. More information here.

[Webinar]Marketing and Advocacy: Explaining Libraries to Elected Officials” is offered on November 10, 2-3pm CST.

Registration: ASCLA members: $40; ALA members: $50; ALA student & retired members: $25; Non-members: $65; Group rate: $99 single login, $38/person multiple logins. (min. 2 people)

Marketing and advocacy go hand-in-hand. Advocacy is telling your library’s story. Those who influence funding for libraries cannot make informed decisions if they do not understand the scope of your mission. Most librarians haven’t practiced the political skills needed to work with various community leaders. At times their interests may seem to conflict with your library. How do you advocate without lobbying? This session explores how to easily market your library to elected officials. No secret handshakes or big budgets needed. More information here.

Annual Fundraising Trip: Tulip Time 2017!



The Netherlands & Belgium Tulip Time River Cruise
April 3 – April 10, 2017

A cruise ship slowly meandering along the rivers and canals is just the right pace to explore the Netherlands and Belgium in comfort! Sitting on the deck of a ship under brilliant blue skies, you can take in the windmills, tulip farms, castles, and picturesque sights in the villages. Walk down the ramp and you have all the features of a once in a life-time vacation — restaurants, bars, windmills, biking, walking tours, museums, chocolate tastings, etc. Enjoy a 7-night river cruise through The Netherlands & Belgium in the spring, traveling round trip from Amsterdam. Travelers will arrive in Amsterdam on April 3 and explore the city. Depart the U.S. on April 2, 2017, arrive on an overnight flight on April 3, 2017 for this AMA Waterways trip of a lifetime! See a complete, detailed itinerary and more information here.

Cost: Stateroom prices start from $2,349. 20 meals are included (see itinerary). Nonrefundable deposits are due upon booking – $400 per person. Port charges are $168 per person. These are LAND ONLY prices, airfare is not included (once airfare is purchased, it’s not refundable unless refundable tickets were requested). For single people, room sharing is available; otherwise the Single Supplement applies. For more information on stateroom costs and deck plans, and to book a space on the river cruise, please contact Deb Gisby, 847-579-9898 at Frosch or email

Single Supplement for Cruise: 50% of twin price; AA+ & Suites 100% of twin price. Please see terms below for details.
Bedding: Please select bedding configuration at the time of booking. Option A: Two twin beds Option B: One large bed (larger than queen size).
Insurance: Insurance is extra, quoted separately to include all expenses including air.

Note: Add on pre-cruise options are available if you want to arrive early (traveling one day early is recommended always in case of flight issues). Accommodations can be arranged in this instance by contacting Deb Gisby, 847-579-9898 at Frosch or emailing

Reservations/Questions: please contact Deb Gisby, 847-579-9898 at Frosch or email deb.gisby@frosch.comDates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.

Terms & Conditions: All rates are per person for cruise only, based on double occupancy in a base category stateroom unless stated otherwise. Offers are combinable with AmaWaterways’ Past Passenger Privilege Program and Onboard Future Cruise Benefit Program. Offers are not combinable with any other promotions, limited to availability, capacity controlled and subject to change/termination without notice. Port charges, land programs, round trip airfare, and gratuities are additional. Other restrictions apply.

This fundraising trip is hosted by the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies, (ASCLA) a division of the American Library Association, (ALA). This adventure is open to the library community and their family and friends. There are no membership requirements in order to participate. So come along and travel the world with us!

Comments Invited for the First Draft of the 2011 Standards and Guidelines of Service for the Library of Congress Network of Libraries for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

The Working Team for the revision of the 2011 Standards and Guidelines of Service for the Library of Congress Network of Libraries for the Blind and Physically Handicapped would like to accept comments on the first, revised draft of the standards. The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress, is the administrator for the free informational and recreational reading resources for residents of the United States who are unable to read or use standard print materials because of visual or physical impairment.

For those seeking a better understanding of the NLS service, the following promotional videos give a picture of the patrons: and

The first draft of the revised standards is here:

Comments on the first draft of the revised standards can be provided using the following form:

The 2011 version of the standards is here:

This revision is supported by a grant from the Library of Congress and administered by ASCLA.

Working Team

  • Eura Ryan Szuwalski, Project Director
  • Danielle H. Miller, Director & Regional Librarian, Washington Talking Book & Braille Library. Representing the Western Conference
  • Will Reed, OLBPD Manager, Cleveland Public Library/Ohio Library for the Blind & Physically Disabled. Representing the Midlands Conference
  • Advisory Team
  • Eura Ryan Szuwalski, Project Director
  • Adam Szczepaniak, New Jersey State Library Talking Book and Braille Center. Representing the Northern Conference
  • Dr. Nancy Pack, Director, Alabama Public Library Service. Representing Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA)
  • Kim Charlson, President, American Council of the Blind. Representing the American Council of the Blind
  • David Hyde, Chairperson, Library Services Committee Chairperson. Representing the National Federation of the Blind
  • Melanie Brunson, Director, Government Relations. Representing the Blinded Veterans Association
  • Ava M. Smith, Division Director, Talking Book Program, Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Representing the Southern Conference