ALA President releases statement opposing new administration’s policies

flag, gavel and declaration of independanceOn Monday, January 30, ALA President Julie Todaro released an official statement responding to the recent actions put forth by President Trump’s administration addressing specifically issues regarding access to information, discrimination, and intellectual freedom.

For resources and more information, read the full press release here: http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2017/01/ala-opposes-new-administration-policies-contradict-core-values

Message from Executive Director, Susan Hornung

Dear ASCLA Members:

I look forward to seeing those of you who will be in Atlanta for the Midwinter Conference this year. As many of you know, this is my last conference as ALA staff since I’ll be retiring at the end of April 2017. It has been a wonderful 7½ years getting to know ASCLA members and working to carry out the mission. I am leaving ASCLA in a stronger place – everyone has stepped up to the plate over the last few years and membership has increased and the association has strengthened. You and the association mission are why people want to join. I have felt that ASCLA is the heart and soul of ALA – it has truly been a pleasure and a privilege to serve you.

I hope those of you who will be in Atlanta for Midwinter will take time to visit with us at the ASCLA Happy Hour on ASCLA/COSLA Happy Hour, Friday, January 20, 2017, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Omni Hotels and Resort’s Latitudes Lounge at 100 CNN Center. This is a great opportunity to network, mingle, meet up with old acquaintances (and find some new ones!) and have a little bit of fun. ASCLA’s leaders and volunteers will be available to talk about ASCLA, so be sure to bring a friend or anyone interested in learning more about or joining ASCLA. One of ASCLA’s strengths is that our small size allows us to network and connect with each other better than some of the bigger divisions, and with more fun! All members and visitors are welcome and encouraged to come.

Please try to attend the public hearing for revisions of the standards for libraries serving people who are blind and physically handicapped. Your comments and feedback are needed. The hearing will take place Monday, January 23, 2017, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM, Room: Georgia World Congress Center, B214. More information can be found here:

https://www.eventscribe.com//2017/ALA-Midwinter/fsPopup.asp?Mode=presInfo&PresentationID=232436.

If you’re interested in volunteering for ASCLA, you might also want to attend the ASCLA All-Committee meeting held on Saturday, January 21, 2017, 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM, Room: Georgia World Congress Center, A410. Many of our committees and interest groups will be meeting and this is a great way to learn more about ASCLA’s work. All are encouraged and welcome to come to these meetings.

Last but not least, the ASCLA board will meet twice in Boston; please feel free to join us as our honored guests. The board meetings will be held:

Board of Directors Meeting I (ASCLA)
Saturday, January 21 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM Room: Georgia World Congress Center, B316

Board of Directors Meeting II (ASCLA)
Monday, January 23 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Room: Georgia World Congress Center, B316

Again, I want to thank every ASCLA member and volunteer for their dedication, loyalty and for just being such wonderful people! You are all a joy to work with! I’m going to miss you!

susan hornung headshot in library

Susan Hornung
Executive Director, ASCLA
shornung@ala.org

Reminder – Give us your feedback on the Standards for Libraries Serving People who are Blind or Physically Handicapped!

ada logoThe 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 remind everyone that they are still accepting 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udZ6NO5_x-Q and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIKG2HxnYMk.

The first draft of the revised standards is here: http://ascla.ala.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/NLSStandardsandGuidelinesRevision2017-FirstDraft_August2016.pdf.

Comments on the first draft of the revised standards can be provided using the following form: https://goo.gl/forms/rSn2UItG4SY5khUt2.

The 2011 version of the standards is here: http://bit.ly/2cji6br

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

Signature ASCLA Events in Atlanta

Greetings ASCLA Members, Colleagues and Friends,  

You might want to attend the following events if you will be in Atlanta:

FRIDAY:
ASCLA/COSLA Happy Hour
Friday, January 20 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM Room: Omni Hotels and Resort’s Latitudes Lounge at 100 CNN Center. Bring a friend – everyone is invited. Cash Bar.

SATURDAY:
Board of Directors Meeting I
Saturday, January 21 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM Room: Georgia World Congress Center, B316

ASCLA Leadership Session
Saturday, January 21 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Room: Georgia World Congress Center, B316

All Committee & Finance and Planning Meeting 
Saturday, January 21 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM Room: Georgia World Congress Center, A410

MONDAY:
Public Hearing for the Revision of the Standards for Libraries Serving People Who are Blind or Physically Handicapped
Monday, January 23 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Room: Georgia World Congress Center, B214

Board of Directors Meeting II
Monday, January 23 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Room: Georgia World Congress Center, B316

You also might be interested in the following ALA meeting: At 2017 Midwinter Meeting, talk to ALA about accessibility for people with disabilities

I hope to see you all in Atlanta!

Best Wishes,
Susan Hornung
ASCLA/RUSA Executive Director
shornung@ala.org