2015 ALA Annual Conference Meeting and Program Room Locations are Available!

Please see the room locations for meetings and programs at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference. You can access them here.

Please note that the below meeting locations were not listed:

  • ASCLA consortial e-book interest group meeting – Friday, June 26 from 2:30-4:00 pm, Location to be announced.
  • Library Services to People with Visual or Physical Disabilities Interest Group meeting will meet during the All Committee
    at the Westin St. Francis – Elizabethan B.

Stay tuned and check back with us for more updates.

2015 Elections

The following ASCLA members will be running for election for ASCLA offices in the 2015 Elections. 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! Voting begins on March 24, 2015 through May 1, 2015 @ 11:59 PM CDT.

VICE-PRESIDENT/PRESIDENT-ELECT

– Golrick, Michael

Head of Reference/Library Consultant, State Library of Louisiana, Baton Rouge, LA

– Smithee, Jeannette P.

Executive Director, SEFLIN (Southeast Florida Library Information Network), Boca Raton, FL

 

DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE (TWO YEAR TERM)

– McKenney, Janet Elizabeth

Director, Library Development, Maine State Library, Augusta, Maine

– Pannebaker, Susan

Youth Services Advisor, Pennsylvania Department of Education, Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

 

DESIGNATED DIRECTOR, LIBRARY CONSULTANTS/INDEPENDENT LIBRARIANS

– Hollier, Jamie K.

Co-CEO, Anneal, Inc., Denver, Colorado

– Block, Carson

Library Technology Consultant, Carson Block Consulting Inc., Fort Collins, Colorado

 

DESIGNATED DIRECTOR, SPECIAL POPULATIONS CONSTITUENCY

– Banks, Carrie Scott

Supervising Librarian, The Child’s Place for Children and Teens with Special Needs, Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, New York

– Johnson, Patrice

Librarian II, First Assistant, Talking Book Center, Chicago Public Library-Subregional Library of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped Network, Chicago, IL

DESIGNATED DIRECTOR, STATE LIBRARY AGENCIES

– Knapp, Wendy

Associate Director of Statewide Services, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN

 

DIVISION COUNCILOR

– Corrigan, Christopher

Digital Reference Librarian, Library of Congress, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Washington DC.

 

Don’t be left out in the cold and miss any of ASCLA’s 2015 Midwinter Meetings!

EXTRAORDINARY EVENTS:

ASCLA Institute:
Using Comics to Promote Literacy, Friday, January 30, 12:00 – 4:00 PM
Hilton-Chicago, Williford Room A 

This topic is important and timely in today’s increasingly visual culture. Learn how to use comics to promote both verbal and visual literacy for emerging and struggling readers, as well as learn how comics are used to teach the common core state standards in reading and writing. Learn why comics are an incredibly rich resource to capture and fuel a young reader’s imagination. Register hereAdd to my schedule.

ASCLA/COSLA Networking and Happy Hour
Friday, January 30, 2015 – 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Renaissance Blackstone, Lower Lounge Bar
Kick off the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in style with the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) Networking and Happy Hour—an opportunity to socialize, network, and learn more about ASCLA. The event is open to all current ASCLA members, friends of ASCLA and those meeting attendees interested in learning more about the association and networking with peers. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet ASCLA’s leaders! Add to my schedule.

BUSINESS AS USUAL:

Finance and Planning / All Committee Meeting 
Saturday, January 31, 2015 – 3:00 – 5:30 PM
Hilton Chicago, Buckingham Room

Meeting to review, recommend and plan goals, objectives, and priorities for the division as they relate to the ASCLA’s budgetary matters. Add to my schedule

Leadership Session
McCormick Place, Room West 192a
Saturday, January 31, 2015, 10:00 11:30 AM
All members are invited to attend the Leadership Session immediately following ASCLA Board I to help brainstorm, strategize and learn! Add to my schedule.

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

Board of Directors I
Saturday, January 31, 2015, 8:00 – 10:00 AM
McCormick Place West, Room: W192a Add to my schedule.
Board of Directors II 
Monday, February 2, 2015, 12:00 – 1:30 PM
McCormick Place West, Room: W195 Add to my schedule.

ASCLA seeks Online Course and Webinar proposals for 2015!

ASCLA encourages subject matter experts and experienced librarians to submit proposals for ASCLA Online Courses and Webinars to be presented November 2014 through August 2015. 

Proposals must be submitted by October 24, 2014 for presentation November 2014 through August 2015. Online Courses and Webinars submitted during this open call period will be reviewed and approved by November 14, 2014.

ASCLA welcomes proposals on topics that will assist our diverse membership in improved service delivery and job performance. ASCLA’s members represent libraries serving special populations, including library users with disabilities, and adults and youth who are incarcerated or detained; independent librarians and consultants; state library agencies and their employees, public libraries serving or working with the previously cited populations and institutions; and library networks and cooperatives. Staff of these libraries and agencies include librarians, library paraprofessionals, and library support staff.

The online course proposal form can be accessed here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/asclaonlinecourse2015

Attendees are charged a fee to participate in the course and receive a certificate upon completion. The fee includes ongoing access to an archived version of the course. Instructors will be paid a one-time course/curriculum development fee of $1,000 to set up the course initially, and $40 per participant thereafter.

The webinar proposal form can be accessed here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/asclawebinar2015 .
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 online courses and 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

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

ASCLA is now accepting nominations for its 2015 awards! 

Each year, ASCLA offers five awards honoring professional achievement in the areas of work represented by our diverse membership.

Projects focused on library services to people with disabilities: The ASCLA/KLAS/NOD Award, sponsored by ASCLA, the National Organization on Disability (NOD) and Keystone Systems, Inc. This award recognizes an innovative and well-organized project that successfully developed or expanded services for people with disabilities. The award can be for a specific service(s) program or for a library that has made its total services more accessible through changing physical and/or attitudinal barriers. The winner receives $1,000* and a citation provided by Keystone Systems, Inc. Download the award nomination form.

Outstanding contributions to the advancement of library service for the blind and physically handicapped: The Francis Joseph Campbell Award honors a person or institution for significant contributions in this field of service with a medal and a citation. Contributions include but are not limited to: an imaginative and constructive program in a particular library; a recognized contribution to the national library program for blind persons; creative participation in library associations or organizations that advance reading for the blind; a significant publication or writing in the field; or imaginative contribution to library administration, reference, circulation, selection, acquisitions, or technical services. The award is administered by the Libraries Serving Special Populations Section (LSSPS) of ASCLA, and is supported by Keystone Systems, Inc. Download the award nomination form.

Extension and Outreach Services: The ASCLA Exceptional Service Award recognizes exceptional service to patients in a medical facility, to persons who are homebound, to inmates, to older adults and to adults with a physical or mental disability who live in group homes or residences, as well as to recognize professional leadership, effective interpretation of programs, pioneering activity and significant research. The recipient receives a citation. Download the award nomination form.

Cooperative, Consulting and State Library Services: The ASCLA Leadership and Professional Achievement Award is a citation presented to one or more ASCLA members exemplifying leadership and achievement in the following areas: consulting, library cooperation, networking, statewide service and programs and state library development. Download the award nomination form.

Service to ASCLA: The Cathleen Bourdon Service Award is a citation presented to an ASCLA personal member for exceptional service and sustained leadership to the division. This includes participation in activities that have enhanced the stature, reputation and overall strength of ASCLA and have also cultivated the division’s relationship with other appropriate organizations, institutions or governmental agencies. Download the award nomination form.

Those interested in submitting a nomination can download the appropriate award nomination form (s) from the awards section of the ASCLA website Nominations for all awards must be received by Feb. 8, 2015. Submission information is included on each form.

*Monetary award amounts are subject to change without notice and are contingent upon donor funding supplied at the time the award is presented. Questions about these awards should be directed to the committee chairperson, Linda S. Lyshol (lindal@firstcitylibraries.org) or to Marianne Braverman, ASCLA Marketing & Programs Manager (mbraverman@ala.org).

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 multi-type cooperatives, as well as those who are 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.

Travel with ASCLA to France and Italy this October!

Say au revoir to the gloomy fall weather and bonjour to lavender fields, vineyards and outdoor markets! Destinations for this Mediterranean adventure include Nice, Cannes and Monte Carlo. This is a fundraising trip hosted by ASCLA, a division of ALA. Previous adventures include Spain, France, Ireland and Italy.

A complete travel itinerary and instructions for reserving your spot are included in this downloadable flyer.
Deposits must be paid by August 1, 2014 to reserve your seat, and space is limited!

This adventure is open to the library community; there are no membership requirements in order to participate. Previous travelers have brought spouses, siblings and friends along.

To reserve your spot, you can download the application form here or make your reservation by contacting Michael Stillwell at Lyceum Tours (lyceum46@yahoo.com). You can also contact ASCLA Executive Director Susan Hornung (shornung@ala.org) for information.

Summer 2014 Interface Available Now!

The new issue of Interface, ASCLA’s quarterly newsletter, is available online now! This issue includes all sorts of relevant information about upcoming events, a recap of ASCLA’s Annual Conference experience, and news from a variety of ASCLA’s interest groups. Access the new issue here.

Interested in submitting an article for publication in the next issue? We welcome articles that cover human interest stories, highlight successful programs or projects, discuss the implementation of workplace and library improvements, cover news from our member interest groups, and just about anything else that you’d like to share with your ASCLA colleagues.

Submissions and inquiries can be sent to Anne Abate, Interface editor, at anne@librarydiscountnetwork.com.