Author Archives: Melissa Tracy

2017 Election Results!

Thank you to all those who volunteered for roles within ASCLA leadership. We have the results for the 2017 election! Congratulations to our new board members: Vice-President/President-Elect: Adam Szczepaniak, Jr. Director-at-Large: Lily Sacharow Director-at-Large: Erin Boyington Designated Director, Special Populations: Carrie Scott Banks Designated Director, Library Consultants: Amy Jane Paget Again, thank you to all that […]

Join Us – Online Public Forum on NLS Standards Revision

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 invite you to make comments on the second, revised draft of the standards. Three ways to comment: Using this Google form Join one of three online Public Forums April […]

Dr. Elizabeth Curry selected for 2017 ASCLA Leadership & Professional Achievement Award

Dr. Elizabeth Curry, Dean, University of North Florida Thomas G. Carpenter Library, has been selected for the 2017 Leadership & Professional Achievement Award administered by the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA). “Often described by her peers as a creative problem solver who successfully facilitates process-oriented solutions, Curry is frequently sought out for […]

William “Will” R. Reed selected for ASCLA’s Cathleen Bourdon Service Award

William “Will” R. Reed, Manager, Ohio Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled, Cleveland Public Library, has been selected for the 2017 Cathleen Bourdon Service Award administered by the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA). “Will has proven to be a tireless advocate for information access and reading opportunities to individuals with print […]

Spring 2017 Online Learning

4/17/17 [eCourse] Story-a-thon: Creating Community Partnerships to Enhance Access to Literacy Services for Children with Disabilities Learn how to break down the walls of your library/facility to develop community partnerships specific to the disability community. Examine how their library/facility defines outreach, identify their current services for children with disability, how these services can be enhance […]

Act now! Save IMLS!

Last week The White House released the proposed budget that calls for eliminating the Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS), the only federal agency charged with providing support to the nation’s hundreds of thousands of libraries and museums. ALA and ASCLA need your help to ensure that IMLS is saved, because without libraries people will […]

Feedback Request: Draft #2 of the Standards for Libraries Serving People who are Blind or 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 invite you to make comments on the second, revised draft of the standards, found here. The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress, […]

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AC17 Preconference: Unconference Accessibility and Education, and its implications for Library Services

As we mark the 25th Anniversary of the ADA, it is critical to focus on making education as accessible as possible. This unconference will be a gathering that that will examine accessibility and education and its implications for library services. This will be an unconference, and thus be focused on building community, and helping each […]