Category Archives: In the News

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

ASCLA’s 2017 Nominees

ASCLA is very happy to announce the candidates standing for office for the division and sections in 2017. Thanks very much to those willing to volunteer their time, energy and skills for ASCLA – the smallest but mightiest division of ALA! The 2017 elections opened on March 13, 2017 and will close on April 5, […]

NEW! Submit news content to be published

Do you have news related to ASCLA that you want to see on ASCLA’s blog, in the bi-weekly emails to members and/or on social media? Now you can submit content to be published! Complete the form…          

Sign up for National Library Legislative Day 2017.

Registration for National Library Legislative Day 2017 is open! To find information about the event, to register, or to book a room in the hotel block, please visit As with previous years, National Library Legislative Day 2017 will be held at the Liaison Hotel in Washington, DC. Briefing day will take place on May […]

ASCLA and FAFLRT Merger: Open Forum Set

Update: the recording of the 2/14 open forum can be viewed here. Dear FAFLRT and ASCLA Members, As you may be aware, last year ASCLA and FAFLRT began holding conversations about merging our two units. The discussions have been very productive, fostering a cordial environment, encouraging collaboration. FAFLRT is moving the process further by having […]

ALA President releases statement opposing new administration’s policies

On 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:

Midwinter 2017: Kitchen Conversation about Accessibility for People with Disabilities

Dear ASCLA Members, If you will be in Atlanta at Midwinter 2017, please try to attend this series of conversations on accessibility for people with physical, mobility, visual, auditory or cognitive disabilities. All conference attendees are encouraged to take part, whether or not they use accessible services. More information here.  You all have a very […]