Calling for 2017 Program, Preconference, Institute Proposals

Do you have innovative ideas, services and programs to share with your library colleagues? Why not present one at the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conferences? Submit a proposal to the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) today!

The 2017 Midwinter Meeting, January 20 – 24, 2017 will be in Atlanta GA, and the Annual Conference, June 22 – 27, 2017 will be in Chicago IL.

The deadline to receive online proposals for 2017 is June 13, 2016. 

The link to submit a conference program/preconference/institute proposal is here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ASCLA2017Proposals.  

Once collected, the ASCLA office will send the proposals to the ASCLA Conference Programming Committee to oversee, organize and recommend for approval to the ASCLA board at Board Meeting II at the Annual Conference in Orlando FL, 2016.

Please spread the word to anyone who you think would like to present a valuable program for ASCLA. Our conference program committee is specifically looking for proposals that would appeal to:

  • ASCLA interest group members.
  • Librarians who serve people or youth who are incarcerated or in detention
  • Library consultants and independent librarians
  • Library staff who serve people with disabilities
  • Staff of library cooperatives and consortium
  • State library staff

Please feel free to contact Susan Hornung at shornung@ala.org if you have any questions.

 

ASCLA selects its 2016 award winners!

The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) has selected its 2016 Award winners. The awards program recognizes outstanding achievement within the library profession by librarians and libraries for significant current or past achievements, including publications, program development and leadership in the profession.

The Awards Ceremony and Reception will be held from 5:45 – 7:15 p.m. on Saturday, June 25 at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, FL at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, Room Plaza BR D. This event is co-sponsored by the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) and the Federal and Armed Forces Librarians Round Table (FAFLRT) and will include hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. All conference attendees are welcome!

The following recipients will be honored.

Chris Corrigan, Digital Reference Librarian of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress is the 2016 recipient of the Cathleen Bourdon Service Award, which is named after former ASCLA Executive Director Cathleen Bourdon. Chris was chosen for his sustained leadership and exceptional service enhancing the stature, strength and reputation of ASCLA to ALA Council, ALA Membership, and other ALA-affiliated organizations.

The recipient of the 2016 ASCLA Leadership and Professional Achievement Award is awarded to Cal Shepard, State Librarian, State Library of North Carolina. Ms. Shepard is recognized for her many years of service to the library profession and is specifically being honored for her accomplishment at the State Library of North Carolina in formulating a sunset plan to transition Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding for two large State Library projects to state funding. Through her leadership and vision, she opened up LSTA funding to be used by libraries across the state.

Kate DeVoe, Youth Services Librarian and Kelly Doolittle, Library Assistant, both of Tompkins County Public Library (NY) are the recipients of the 2016 ASCLA/Keystone Library Automation System (KLAS) & National Organization on Disability (NOD) Award. They are recognized for providing vital services to children through their project, “Adapt and Include: Library Programs for Children with Sensory Integration Challenges.” The award consists of $1,000 and a citation supported by Kay and David Holloman of Keystone Systems, developer of the Keystone Library Automation System (KLAS), and the National Organization on Disability.

Stephen Prine, Assistant Chief, Network Division, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped is the recipient of ASCLA’s 2016 Francis Joseph Campbell Award for outstanding contributions to the advancement of library service for people with physical disabilities and/or physical impairments. Mr. Prine is recognized for his many years of exemplary service to the print disabled community, as well as to his colleagues across the country and within ASCLA.

The 2016 ASCLA Exceptional Service Award is presented to the Marshes of Glynn Library System in Brunswick, Georgia for implementing the ALA Every Child Ready to Read program at their local jail. This innovative project teaching incarcerated parents and other caregivers how to support the early literacy development of their children is an exceptional example of how libraries can transform lives.  It also serves as an example of a program able to be replicated in other libraries.

In the Margins Book Award and Committee Press Release!

The In the Margins Book Award and Selection Committee, (ITM) a committee under the umbrella of Library Services for Youth in Custody (LYSC) http://youthlibraries.org/  selected their top fiction book, Tattooed Teardrops by PD Workman and non-fiction book, America’s Massacre: The Audacity of Despair and a Message of Hope by Tewhan Butler  as well as a Top Ten http://youthlibraries.org/2016-margins-top-ten  And official list http://youthlibraries.org/2016-margins-official-list-0. ITM strives to find the best books for teens living in poverty, on the streets, in custody – or a cycle of all three.

Please read the full press release here.

 

 

Seeking stories for the 2016 Spring Issue of Interface.

The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies wants to share your story!  Our Spring Issue of Interface is going to highlight the great work that State Libraries do to help transform and strengthen our communities.  We are looking for stories related to:

  • Current  Projects you’d like to get the word out about
  • Outreach to special populations in your state
  • Innovations at your library and their impact on the community
  • Community Partnerships

If you would like to submit a story for this issue, please email Christina Wray at ccwray@indiana.edu by February 19, 2016 with your story title and a brief description.  Story submissions are due by March 15, 2016.  Ideally, stories will be 400+ words, however if you have something to share that isn’t quite that long, please contact Christina.

 

Call for ASCLA Online Learning Proposals!

Submit by March 8, 2016 

Access the online course submission form here.

Download this PDF of the online course form to help you prepare your submission.

ASCLA invites ALA members who are subject matter experts and experienced librarians with knowledge of interest to ASCLA members, to submit proposals for ASCLA online learning to be presented between April 2016 and August 2016, as a part of ASCLA’s outstanding online learning offerings. See the list of suggested hot topics below. All proposals must be submitted electronically.

ASCLA members include, but are not limited to: 

  • Library staff providing services to special populations, including library users with disabilities and adults and youth who are incarcerated or detained
  • Independent librarians and consultants
  • State libraries and their employees
  • Public libraries serving or working with the populations above
  • Library networks and cooperatives

What courses are we currently offering? Check them out at the ASCLA online learning webpage.
Webinar presenters and online learning instructors are compensated for their work and will receive training and support for Adobe Connect, the webinar technology platform used by the division.

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

  • ADA updates for libraries
  • Assessing accessibility knowledge
  • Basics and best practices for prison/jail libraries
  • Basics of running a hospital/medical library
  • Benchmarks and evaluation
  • Budgeting for the first time manager
  • Collaborative digitization
  • Adult programming in correctional libraries
  • Correctional/prison librarianship 101
  • Creating training for patrons who use accessibility tools
  • Data analysis and assessment
  • Designing effective surveys
  • E-books and cooperatives –  best practices
  • Future trends in library service
  • Grants: how to find grant funding and write your proposal
  • Helping library users with learning disabilities
  • How to be a consultant
  • How to be a futurist
  • How to deliver online training
  • How to hire a library consultant
  • Innovative service ideas for library cooperatives
  • Law librarianship for correctional librarians
  • Library cooperatives: basics of managing services
  • Low-literacy adults
  • Marketing library services to special needs populations
  • Marketing on a shoestring budget
  • Mobile and emerging technologies for those with special needs, including apps and ipads
  • Nonprofit leadership
  • Outcomes-based education
  • Outreach to visually or physically handicapped populations
  • Partnering with community organizations
  • Serving library patrons with cognitive or mental impairments
  • Standards and guidelines to improve library services
  • Training staff to serve library users with disabilities
  • Utilizing focus groups to prioritize services for people with disabilities
  • Working with refugees

Questions about submissions or about ASCLA’s online learning programs should be sent to Andrea Hill, ASCLA web manager and primary online learning contact at ahill@ala.org

Only $10.00 for a 2016 Calendar – Just for Librarians & Library Lovers!

ASCLA announced a new and reduced price for its 2016 full size calendar. Calendar cost is $10.00 and 100 percent of the proceeds go directly to ASCLA. There is a limited amount, so those interested should make their purchase today. You can help support ASCLA’s mission by purchasing calendars here. Photo shoots took place at some of the most beautiful libraries in Chicago, such as the Pritzker Military Museum and Library, Chicago Public Library-Harold Washington Library Center, Newberry Library, and American Library Association Library. After taking hundreds of photos, only a select few were specially chosen for ASCLA’s very first fundraising calendar.

Newly Discounted 2016 Calendars!

ASCLA announced a new and reduced price for its 2016 full size calendar. Calendar cost is $14.40 for ALA members, $16.00 for Non-members and 100 percent of the proceeds go directly to ASCLA. There is a limited amount, so those interested should make their purchase today. You can help support ASCLA’s mission by purchasing calendars here. Photo shoots took place at some of the most beautiful libraries in Chicago, such as the Pritzker Military Museum and Library, Chicago Public Library-Harold Washington Library Center, Newberry Library, and American Library Association Library. After taking hundreds of photos, only a select few were specially chosen for ASCLA’s very first fundraising calendar.

Purchase a 2016 Library Calendar from ASCLA Now!

The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies, (ASCLA) announces their newest fundraiser, a 2016 full size calendar, which highlights the spectacular Chicago Libraries, as well as the mission ASCLA proudly serves. ASCLA, may be the smallest division of the American Library Association, but certainly the mightiest and leader in innovation, committed to enriching services, resources and providing information to those who work with people with disabilities and special needs.

Amy Stieve, Chicago’s very own, volunteered her photographic and design services. Photo shoots took place at some of the most beautiful libraries in Chicago, such as the Pritzker Military Museum and Library, Chicago Public Library-Harold Washington Library Center, Newberry Library, and American Library Association Library. After taking hundreds of photos, only a select few were specially chosen for ASCLA’s very first fundraising calendar. Calendar cost is $25.19 for ALA members, $27.99 for Non-members and 100% of the proceeds go directly to ASCLA. Whether you are “kicking off” your holiday shopping or making that last minute purchase, this purchase is for a great cause. There is a limited amount, so those interested should make their purchase today. You can help support ASCLA’s mission by purchasing calendars here.

ASCLA, is a diverse organization of librarians and support staff who work in academic and public libraries, state agencies/libraries, special libraries such as prison libraries and libraries serving people with disabilities, and library cooperatives, as well as those who are consultants and self-employed. Not an ASCLA member, but interested in discounted registration rates on conference, ASCLA preconferences and other ASCLA events? Join, renew or add ASCLA to your ALA membership at www.ala.org/membership.

Board & Committee Meetings at the 2016 Midwinter Meeting.

Board of Directors Meeting I and II

  • Board I – Saturday, January 9, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m., Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, room 205 A
    Board II – Monday, January 11, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m., Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, room 203

ASCLA Board of Director meetings are open and any individual registered for the Midwinter Meeting may sit in on the meetings. The meeting’s topics are set aside for visitors and board members to use as an ‘open forum’ where anyone can share information, ask questions, etc. The agenda and documents are completed prior to the conference. Anyone interested in viewing the agenda for the meeting, as well as the documents that accompany the agenda items, may view or download them from ALA Connect. If you or your constituency develops a document for board consideration, please give it to the ASCLA staff at least two hours before a board meeting. Hope to see you there!

Leadership Session – Special Guest, Stephanie Capparell
Saturday, January 9, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m., Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, room 205 B
All members are invited to join us for a riveting discussion with Stephanie Capparell, coauthor of the international bestseller Shackleton’s Way.

Revision of Standards Meeting I, II* & III 

  • January 9, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Hyatt Regency Boston, Quincy, lower level
  • January 10, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Hyatt Regency Boston, Quincy, lower level* 
  • January 11, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Hyatt Regency Boston, Rockport Room, lower level
Note that the Revision of Standards Meeting II is a Team and Advisory Committee Meeting* 

Finance and Planning / All-Committee Meeting
Saturday, January 9, 3:00 – 5:30 p.m. Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, room 254 A
Meeting to review, recommend and plan goals, objectives, and priorities for the division as they relate to the ASCLA’s budgetary matters.

Interest groups and committee meetings scheduled during All Committee:

  • Accessibility Assembly
  • Finance and Planning
  • Conference Programming Committee
  • Membership Promotion Committee
  • Library Consultants Interest Group
  • Web Presence Committee Group
  • LSTA Coordinators Interest Group
  • Awards Committee
  • Future of Libraries Interest Group
  • Library Services to People with Visual or Physical Disabilities that Prevent them from Reading Standard Print Interest Group
  • Intellectual Freedom for Youth in Custody Discussion forum

Various Committee & Interest Group Meetings

Friday, January 8

  • Consortial e-books Interest Group
    2:30 – 4:00 p.m.Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, room 152

Saturday, January 9

  • Universal Accessibility Interest Group, (ASCLA, LITA, ACRL)
    1:00 – 2:30 p.m., Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, room 153 C
  • Library Services for the Incarcerated and Detained Interest Group
    2:00 – 3:00 p.m., Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, room 254 B

Sunday, January 10

  • Physical Delivery Interest Group meeting
    10:00 – 11:30 a.m., Seaport Hotel,  Harborview 2
  • State Library, Library Development Interest Group Hot Topic Discussion Group
    10:00 – 11:30 a.m., Seaport Hotel, Congress Boardroom
  • Youth Services Consultants Interest Group meeting
    3:00 – 4:00 p.m., Seaport Hotel, Congress Boardroom