CALL FOR PROPOSALS: ASCLA seeks webinar proposals through March 14, 2014

ASCLA encourages subject matter experts and experienced librarians to submit proposals for ASCLA webinars to be presented March 15 through May 15, 2014 and July 15- August 30, 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 must be submitted by March 14, 2014 for presentation March 15 through May 15, 2014 and July 15-August 30, 2014. The webinar proposal form can be accessed here:

Webinar presenters will be paid $150 for each webinar presented and will receive training and support for Adobe Connect, the webinar technology platform used by the division. Webinars are generally 1-1 ½ hours long.

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

  • ADA updates for libraries
  • Adult programming in a correctional library
  • Basics of a good prison/jail library
  • Best practices in correctional librarianship and providing services to the incarcerated
  • Consulting: marketing your services
  • Demonstration and review of current accessibility products
  • Ebooks
  • Emerging technologies in accessibility products and services, including screen readers, mobile devices, IPADS, etc.
  • Evaluating and improving cooperative services
  • Future trends in library service
  • Grants: best practices for finding funding and writing proposals
  • Group purchasing best practices
  • Hiring library consultants: best practices
  • How to be a futurist
  • Marketing library services to people with disabilities
  • Marketing on a shoestring budget
  • New apps that assist library users with special needs
  • Providing library services to people with cognitive or mental impairments
  • Review of best practices, standards and guidelines to improve library services
  • Technology trends for people with disabilities

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

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

ASCLA Nominees for 2014 Elections

The following ASCLA members will be running for ASCLA offices in the 2014 Elections:


Puntney Gould, Rhonda    WA


Byerly, Tracy Rochow         MO


Bradford-Oldham, Tiffany Lanette            KY


Fine, Jana                 FL

Oldham, Raye          NC


Cheney, Rae                        TX

Pronevitz, Greg        MA


Sacharow, Lily J.      IL


O’Grady, Shannon  CO

Please join me in thanking these members for agreeing to stand for election for an ASCLA office; and be sure to vote in the Spring elections!

Susan Hornung

ASCLA Executive Director

New ASCLA Course: “Going to Jail: How Juvenile Books Portray the Prison Experience”

Course Description: Books for children and young adults can portray how jail sentences impact individuals, their children, their parents and their community. In this new 4-week course, you’ll read several juvenile books, from picture books to teen novels, which explore the prison experience. You’ll analyze the books in an online discussion, discuss age appropriate information that should be provided for youth, look at statistics about who goes to jail and consider the role that libraries can play in assisting patrons dealing with these issues. The discussion/chat can also be a model for librarians who want to lead book discussions for their patrons.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants who complete this course should be able to:

  • assist children, young adults, parents and teachers in finding age appropriate books that portray the impact of incarceration;
  • become familiar with resources that provide facts and research about the population in the United States that is behind bars;
  • Develop appropriate services for their communities that address literacy and other needs of families impacted by correctional facilities.

Students who complete the required coursework for “Going to Jail: How Juvenile Books Portray the Prison Experience” will receive 1.5 CEUs (Continuing Education Units).

Who Should Attend: If you are a children’s, young adult or youth librarian in a public library, an Outreach librarian in public library, a library media specialist in a school or juvenile detention center, a prison librarian or any library staff member interested in children’s books or correctional facilities, this is the course for you!

Date(s) & Time(s)

February 24 – March 23, 2014

Four live online sessions using chat in Join Me:

Chat 1: Thursday, February 27, 1:00-2:00 pm CST

Chat 2: Thursday, March 6, 1:00-2:00 pm CST

Chat 3: Thursday, March 13, 1:00-2:00 pm CDT

Chat 4: Thursday, March 20, 1:00-2:00 pm CDT


Kate Todd has her MLS from the University of Denver and an MA in educational technology from New York University. She has worked as a librarian at The New York Public Library and Manhattanville College and taught online courses for ALA since 2008. She has taught Improving Library Services to People with Disabilities (sponsored by ASCLA), and courses sponsored by ALSC. She also presented a training workshop for NYC schools librarians working with incarcerated youth at the Passages Academy.

How to Register

  • Online
  • By Fax: download, complete, and fax form (PDF format) to (312) 280-1538
  • By Mail: download, complete, and mail form (PDF format) to American Library Association, ATTN: MACS/Online CE Registration, 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611

Registration Fees (these fees reflect the $20 increase for courses offering CEU credits)

  • $150 for ASCLA members
  • $195 for ALA members
  • $230 for non-ALA members
  • $120 for student members and retired members

Interested in Group Registration?

Groups are defined as two or more librarians/staff from a library or network of libraries who are enrolling in the same course at the same time. Download the group registration form here.


Questions about your registration should be directed to Technical questions about the webinar should be directed to Andrea Hill, ASCLA Web Manager, at

For more information about the course, go here.

Thank you and we look forward to your participation!


ASCLA Fund Raising Event in Philadelphia

Please join us at our ASCLA Fund Raising event, if you will be attending the Midwinter Conference in Philadelphia this year, Nancy Bolt, former ASCLA president, and Kathleen Imhoff, an award winning artist, will have beautiful jewelry and scarves, fine art photography, vintage book covers, EcoArt collage, and more for sale. 20% of all Nancy’s sales goes to ASCLA. Please see the flyer here for more information.

Hope to see you in Philly!

See you in Philly!

Dear ASCLA Members, 

The Midwinter conference will be in Philadelphia this year and I hope those of you who will be there will take time to visit with us at an informal gathering at the Sheraton Lobby Bar, (cash bar), 201 North 17th Street, to mingle, meet the ASCLA board members, committee chairs, and interest group leaders, and have a little bit of fun to start the conference (and the new year!) off right. This informal Happy Hour takes place on Friday January 24, from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. One of the great things about ASCLA 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.

One other event is sure to be of interest to all ASCLA members: the ASCLA leadership session, which will take place 10:00am – 11:30am, in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 115 A, directly after ASCLA board meeting I. We’ll review ASCLA’s current strategic plan and results through 2013.  Past-President Stacey Aldrich will facilitate as you learn how you can contribute to reaching ASCLA goals during 2014.  Come to this interactive session and help us attain greater success as we look forward to the future!

Don’t forget about our Midwinter institutes – advance registration ends January 15, 2014 so now is the time to register:

Assembling a Consulting Toolkit: What You Need to Know to be a Successful Library Consultant – 2 day Institute
Thursday, January 23, 1:00pm-5:30pm and Friday, January 24, 8:30am-1:00pm

ASCLA–the home to library consultants and independent librarians–is bringing back its wildly successful, sell-out workshop! Seasoned consultants Nancy Bolt and Liz Bishoff are the presenters. Takeaways include marketing tips, pricing your services, responding to RFPs, finding clients, business management strategies and more. More information is here. REGISTRATION RATES: ASCLA members, $279; ALA members, $299; non-ALA members, $339; Student/Retired members of ALA, $229. Event Code: ASC1. Register now

Designing Online Courses for Significant Learning Experiences
January 24, 8:00am-4:00pm

If you’re a trainer, instructor or teacher don’t miss attending this valuable workshop co-sponsored by ASCLA and RUSA, and presented by international consultant Dr. Stewart Ross on the most effective practices designing and teaching online courses. More information is here. REGISTRATION RATES: ASCLA and RUSA members, $279; ALA members, $299; non-ALA members, $349; Student/Retired members of ALA, $229. Event Code: ASC3. Register now!

Consultants Networking Luncheon hosted by ASCLA Library Consultants Interest Group
Saturday, January 25, 12:00-2:00pm

The Library Consultants’ Networking Luncheon is an opportunity to meet others and discuss the skills, craft, and business of consulting. Jamie Hollier will share tips and exercises for relaxation and focus in Preparing to Speak; Brenda Hough will offer techniques for presenting online. More information here. REGISTRATION RATES: ASCLA members, $79; ALA members, $95; non-ALA members, $99; Student/Retired members of ALA, $79. Event Code: ASC4. Register now!

In addition, the ASCLA board will meet twice in Philadelphia; please feel free to join us as our honored guests. The meetings will be held:

Board of Directors I (ASCLA)

Saturday, January 25, 2014 – 8:00am to 11:30am

Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 115 A

Board of Directors II (ASCLA)

Monday, January 27, 2014 – 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 115 B

Travel with ASCLA: Last but not least, if you’re looking for a trip of a lifetime this year, persuade your colleagues at Midwinter to travel with you to Spain, March 26 – April 4, 2014. We’ll visit Barcelona, Madrid, and Seville. Included will be tours of the Barcelona Public Library, Archivo General de Indias and Biblioteca Colombina and the Mezquita, an incredible Church that has been a Mosque, Synagogue and Catholic Church. There are no membership requirements to travel with us so bring your spouses, partners, siblings and friends! And librarians are so much fun to travel with! More details are here:                  

This past year has been especially good as we’ve seen new products created like the first module of ASCLA’s AccessAbility Academy: Positive Interactions: Making the Library a Welcoming and Empowering Place for People with Disabilities and the growth in ASCLA membership. We couldn’t have done this without the invaluable advice and assistance of our member leaders and volunteers. I want to thank every ASCLA member for all their dedicated work and loyalty in helping to make our division successful; it’s a pleasure and a privilege to serve you! Best Wishes for a happy new year!

Susan Hornung

 Executive Director, ASCLA/RUSA


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

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:


Video Interview with ASCLA President’s Program Speaker Michael Margolis: See It Now

Get psyched up for the ASCLA President’s Program with a video interview between Stacey Aldrich, ASCLA President, and Michael Margolis of @getstoried here.

Michael and Stacey give us some good food for thought in preparation for Michael’s appearance at the 2013 ASCLA President’s Program, “Storytelling Mojo: Creating the 21st Century Library Narrative.” Learn storytelling strategies specific to the unique opportunities and challenges faced by libraries today. For the last year, our presenter, Michael Margolis, CEO of Get Storied, has collaborated closely with both the California and Pennsylvania State Libraries around this issue. Come learn why it’s important to tell your story, how to do it right, and some simple ways to get storied.

Add the program to your conference schedule:

Register for the 2013 ALA Annual Conference:

Innovative ASCLA Programming at Annual Conference, 2013

Dear ASCLA Members,

Once again, small but mighty ASCLA has some terrific programs and preconferences this year! All of our programs are amazing, but I want make special note of:

 ASCLA President’s Program: Storytelling Mojo: Creating the 21st Century Library Narrative, Sunday, June 30, 10:30am-12pm.

Stacey Aldrich, ASCLA President, and her team are bringing an amazing program and speaker to Chicago this year with the theme of telling your story:  how do we share the excitement for how libraries are evolving and innovating as a community institution? Learn storytelling strategies specific to the unique opportunities and challenges faced by libraries today. Michael Margolis, CEO of Get Storied, has worked as a story architect for over a decade and collaborated closely with both the California and Pennsylvania State Libraries around this issue. This program promises to be fun and innovative – please join us! Add the program to your conference schedule.

Appealing Programs! Attend our cutting-edge programs with topics that range from “Easy and Affordable Accessibility” and  “Do Those Evaluation Statistics Mean Anything?“ to “Beyond Brainstorming: Making More Effective Decisions.” For the complete lineup and full descriptions go here.

Skill- and Knowledge-Building Preconferences: In addition to our program lineup, we have 3 excellent preconferences, including:

  • a very timely one on positioning your library to help your community by serving as a disaster recovery center (“Ports in a Storm: Your Library as a Disaster Recovery Center”)
  • how to cultivate strong loyalty from employees and library users with the concept of servant leadership (“Servant Leadership in Your Library”)
  • and a gathering of discussions about trends in both physical and virtual delivery of library materials to users (“Discovery to Delivery: Rethinking Resource Sharing”)

 See the full descriptions here. (Register now)

Tour a Library: Tour Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, one of the largest youth detention centers in the country, including its library. The Center’s school and library are operated by Chicago Public Schools and the library is staffed by a full-time, certified school library media specialist. The tour is sponsored by Library Services for Youth in Custody and run by Megan Cusick, Nancy B. Jefferson School Librarian, and Camden Tadhg, Logistics Team Chair of Library Services for Youth in Custody. All attendees must register by 5pm on June 14th by filling out the form here.

Hang out at a Party! Last but not least, please join us for some fun, hang out with ASCLA colleagues and celebrate this year’s award winners at the ASCLA/COSLA Reception and Awards Presentation, scheduled for Saturday, June 29, 5:45-7:30p.m. All members and non-members are invited to this event, so bring your friends! Add the reception to your schedule.

We have Ribbons! Also – don’t forget to stop by the ASCLA table in the ALA office and pick up some ribbons – we have a huge variety this year.

Have a wonderful time in Chicago; if you can’t make it this year, I hope to see you in Las Vegas in 2014!

Best Wishes,

Susan Hornung

Executive Director, ASCLA

Deadline Extended for RFP for Revised Standards for Libraries Serving the Incarcerated

The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) has extended the deadline to receive responses for the RFP for a project director to assist in the production of a revising the current ASCLA standards for libraries serving the incarcerated; responses are due by Monday, April 8, 2013.

ASCLA, a division of ALA, serves librarians who work with the incarcerated of all ages and produces standards, guidelines and policies for libraries in its four core areas: state library agencies, specialized libraries, library cooperatives and library consultants. The standards for libraries serving the incarcerated were last updated in 1992. A project director will be hired to facilitate, coordinate and work with ASCLA members and outside stakeholders to provide revised standards that will assist librarians and staff serving the incarcerated.

Project deliverables include a library standards booklet and 2 webinars about the standards. A complete version of the RFP is available for download from the ASCLA website. Applicants must submit one print or email copy, and one copy on a CD of the proposal by 6:00pm CT on Monday, April 8, 2013: American Library Association, Attention: Susan Hornung/ASCLA, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611-2795; e-mail:

Email submissions must have “ASCLA Library Standards for Adult Correctional Institutions RFP” in the subject line of the message. Proposals not received by the date and time specified may not be considered and will be returned to the sender marked “LATE RESPONSE.” Faxed submissions will not be accepted. Contact ASCLA Executive Director Susan Hornung,,  or (312) 280-4395, with any questions about the RFP content or submission process.

ASCLA, a 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. Not an ASCLA member, but interested in forming new interest groups, receiving discounted registration rates on ASCLA preconferences and online courses, and other important membership benefits? Join, renew or add ASCLA to your ALA membership at