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.

 

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

ASCLA 2016 Midwinter Meeting Institutes!

*Assembling a Consulting Toolkit: What You Need to Know to be a Successful Library Consultant
Ticket Purchase Required
Our full day workshop will help the current and prospective library consultant create a business that is sustainable and most of all useful to the profession.

Sponsored by the Association of the Library Consultants Interest Group of  ASCLA.
Read more. Purchase a ticket.

Friday, January 8, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, room 155


*Sustainable Staff Development: 5 Steps to Create a Culture of Learning
Ticket Purchase Required
ASCLA’s interactive half day workshop addresses the ongoing need that all libraries face to encourage professional development and growth amongst staff.

Sponsored by the State Library Development Interest Group of ASCLA.
Read moreRegister here.

Friday, January 8, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, room 156 C

*You do not need to register for the 2016 Midwinter Meeting in order to purchase a ticket for this event! Select “Ticketed Events and Institutes Only” as your registration type to buy tickets for just this event. Register now

ASCLA Institutes, “Assembling a Consulting Toolkit” & “Sustainable Staff Development,” @ 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting!

ASCLA’s full-day Institute, “Assembling a Consulting Toolkit” will be held from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 8 and is designed to prepare participants to begin – or advance – a successful consulting career. Seasoned consultants Nancy Bolt and Liz Bishoff will present an overview of the consultant’s role and guide participants through a self-assessment. This Institute will appeal to librarians from all realms: School, Public, Academic, and Special, with varying degrees of experience. Sponsored by the Association of the Library Consultants Interest Group of the Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies, (ASCLA) Division. Purchase ticket here.

ASCLA’s half-day Institute, “Sustainable Staff Development” will be held from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 8. Push boundaries, drive change and transform your library! This interactive workshop will show how to implement five simple, practical steps to grow and sustain a learning culture in your library. ASCLA’s half day workshop addresses the ongoing need that all libraries face to encourage professional development and growth amongst staff. This workshop will appeal to those working in Public, Academic, State and Cooperative Library Agencies, as well as those with Library Directors, Managers, Supervisors, Continuing Education/Professional Coordinators, Librarian Trainers, Training Consultants and HR Specialists positions. Sponsored by the State Library Development Interest Group of the Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies, (ASCLA) Division. Purchase ticket here.

Both Institutes will take place at an ALA Conference hotel, which will be determined by early December. These events require advance ticket purchase, but registration for the 2016 Midwinter Meeting is not required in order to purchase a ticket. Membership in ASCLA is not required in order to participate, but ASCLA members receive the best registration rates on all of these events

Deadline extended: Call for ASCLA online learning proposals: October 16, 2015

ASCLA invites subject matter experts and experienced librarians with knowledge to share to submit proposals for ASCLA webinars and online courses to be presented between November 2015 and August 2016 as a part of ASCLA’s outstanding online learning offerings. See the list of suggested hot topics below.

ASCLA welcomes proposals on topics that will assist our diverse membership in improved service delivery and job performance, as well as topics that reflect ASCLA’s expertise and are valuable for all types of libraries, librarians and library support staff across the profession.

Proposals will be accepted through October 16, 2015 Approved webinars and online courses will launch starting November 2015 through August 2016.

What are we currently offering as webinars and online courses? Check them out at the ASCLA website. More information about the submission process and ASCLA’s online learning offerings is at the ASCLA website under the Online Learning section.

Webinar presenters and online learning instructors are compensated for their work ($150 to be split among webinar presenters; a development fee and per student rate for online courses) and will receive training and support for Adobe Connect, the webinar technology platform used by the division, and Moodle, the online tool used for courses.

Successful online learning proposals will:

  • Show plans for content and presentation strategies that will fill the allotted time: 60-75 minutes for webinars, and 4-6 weeks for courses;
  • Identify clear learning outcomes for participants;
  • Clearly illustrate the qualifications of the presenter(s)/instructor(s) with respect to the proposed topic;
  • IMPORTANT: Show how the presentation addresses a topic either of interest to ASCLA members or represents an area of ASCLA’s expertise that benefits other types of librarians. Proposals that are unique from other available online learning offerings are also highly valued.

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

  • ADA updates for libraries
  • Correctional libraries and Adult programming
  • Assessing accessibility knowledge
  • Benchmarks and evaluation measures
  • Budgeting how-to’s for the first time manage
  • Collaborative digitization
  • Correctional/prison librarianship 101: covering the basics of a good prison/jail library
  • Data analysis and assessment
  • Dealing with learning disabilities
  • Designing effective surveys
  • Download training for patrons who use accessibility tools like screen readers
  • E-books and cooperatives
  • Emerging technologies for those with special needs, including apps and ipads
  • Evaluating and improving cooperative services
  • Evaluation content analysis
  • Future trends in library service
  • Grants: how to find grant funding and write your proposal
  • Group purchasing
  • Health literacy
  • How to be a consultant
  • How to be a futurist
  • How to deliver online training
  • How to hire a library consultant
  • Innovations in library service
  • Innovative services for an aging population
  • Law librarianship for correctional librarians
  • Library cooperatives: managing and improving services
  • Low-literacy adults
  • Marketing library services to special needs populations
  • Marketing on a shoestring budget
  • Navigating book selection sources
  • Nonprofit leadership
  • Outcomes-based education
  • Outreach skills training
  • Outreach to visually or physically handicapped populations
  • Partnering with community organizations
  • Recognizing great service in member libraries
  • Seeking grants for consultancy work
  • Serving library patrons with cognitive or mental impairments
  • Standards and guidelines to improve library services to people with disabilities or people who are incarcerated
  • Technology trends for special needs populations
  • Training staff to serve library users with disabilities, and raising awareness of this important population
  • Utilizing focus groups to prioritize services to the disabled
  • 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.

ASCLA is now accepting nominations for its 2016 awards!

ASCLA recognizes projects focused on library services to people with disabilities; the advancement of library services for the blind and physically handicapped; exceptional achievement in extension and outreach services; exemplary leadership and achievement in consulting, state library services and library cooperatives; and service to ASCLA. Read more here: http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2015/09/ascla-now-accepting-nominations-its-2016-awards

Ready to Submit a Proposal for an ASCLA Webinar or Online Course?

Call for online learning proposals: Submit by Sept. 18, 2015 for ASCLA online courses, webinars

Access the online webinar submission form here.

Download a PDF of the webinar form to help you prepare your submission.

Access the online course submission form here.

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

ASCLA invites subject matter experts and experienced librarians with knowledge to share to submit proposals for ASCLA webinars and online courses to be presented between October 2015 and August 2016 as a part of ASCLA’s outstanding online learning offerings. See the list of suggested hot topics below.

ASCLA welcomes proposals on topics that will assist our diverse membership in improved service delivery and job performance, as well as topics that reflect ASCLA’s expertise and are valuable for all types of libraries, librarians and library support staff across the profession.

Proposals will be accepted through September 18, 2015 Webinars approved for presentation will be offered between Oct. 22, 2015 and August 31, 2016. Approved online courses will launch in November 2015 through August 2016.

What are we currently offering as webinars and online courses? Check them out at the ASCLA website. More information about the submission process and ASCLA’s online learning offerings is at the ASCLA website under the Online Learning section.

Webinar presenters and online learning instructors are compensated for their work (($150 to be split among webinar presenters; a development fee and per student rate for online courses) and will receive training and support for Adobe Connect, the webinar technology platform used by the division, and Moodle, the online tool used for courses.

Successful online learning proposals will:

 

  • Show plans for content and presentation strategies that will fill the allotted time: 60-75 minutes for webinars, and 4-6 weeks for courses;
  • Identify clear learning outcomes for participants;
  • Clearly illustrate the qualifications of the presenter(s)/instructor(s) with respect to the proposed topic;
  • IMPORTANT: Show how the presentation addresses a topic either of interest to ASCLA members or represents an area of ASCLA’s expertise that benefits other types of librarians. Proposals that are unique from other available online learning offerings are also highly valued.

 

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

    • ADA updates for libraries
    • Correctional libraries and Adult programming
    • Assessing accessibility knowledge
    • Benchmarks and evaluation measures
    • Budgeting how-to’s for the first time manage
    • Collaborative digitization
    • Correctional/prison librarianship 101: covering the basics of a good prison/jail library
    • Data analysis and assessment
    • Dealing with learning disabilities
    • Designing effective surveys
    • Download training for patrons who use accessibility tools like screen readers
    • E-books and cooperatives
    • Emerging technologies for those with special needs, including apps and ipads
    • Evaluating and improving cooperative services
    • Evaluation content analysis
    • Future trends in library service
    • Grants: how to find grant funding and write your proposal
    • Group purchasing
    • Health literacy
    • How to be a consultant
    • How to be a futurist
    • How to deliver online training
    • How to hire a library consultant
    • Innovations in library service
    • Innovative services for an aging population
    • Law librarianship for correctional librarians
    • Library cooperatives: managing and improving services
    • Low-literacy adults
    • Marketing library services to special needs populations
    • Marketing on a shoestring budget
    • Navigating book selection sources
    • Nonprofit leadership
    • Outcomes-based education
    • Outreach skills training
    • Outreach to visually or physically handicapped populations
    • Partnering with community organizations
    • Recognizing great service in member libraries
    • Seeking grants for consultancy work
    • Serving library patrons with cognitive or mental impairments
    • Standards and guidelines to improve library services to people with disabilities or people who are incarcerated
    • Technology trends for special needs populations
    • Training staff to serve library users with disabilities, and raising awareness of this important population
    • Utilizing focus groups to prioritize services to the disabled
    • 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.

 

Act Right Now! Register for “The ADA In Your Library” Preconference

Dear Members,

Do you ever have questions or concerns about ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) issues in your library, such as:

  • What are some best practices for approaching and handling service animals in your library?
  • Who and what does the ADA cover?
  • What is the appropriate terminology to use with library users with disabilities?
  • What’s the best way to communicate with library users who are blind or have hearing disabilities?

All these questions and more will be answered at ASCLA’s preconference: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) In Your Library. Experts from the training staff of the Pacific ADA Center have tailored this preconference training program for the specialized needs that all libraries face. Staff at any level working in academic, public, and special libraries will all benefit from attending this preconference. Don’t hesitate to sign up now: Register here.

Date: Friday, June 26 2015, Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Location: Moscone Convention Center, 2012 West

Cost: Members $275, Non Members $299, If you are a member of ASCLA, use special code ASCLA2015 to receive the price of $225.

For more information, go here.

I hope to see you at the Preconference!

Susan Hornung

Executive Director, ASCLA/RUSA

 

 

Calling All Futurists and Scenario Planners!

At the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, ASCLA will be sponsoring a valuable preconference for all librarians!

Who hasn’t experienced the need for a window into the future to help inform in areas such as resource development and fund raising activities, community engagement, strategic planning and advocacy efforts? This preconference, sponsored by ASCLA Future of Libraries Interest Group and ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries, will help all creative thinkers. Experts trained in the nationally recognized Foresight program at the University of Houston, will go through the steps for activities that you can do to develop scenarios for your organization. You’ll also learn some of the techniques of trend-spotting. Please register for this timely and essential preconference here; for all ASCLA preconferences go here). More about this preconference:

Looking to the Future: Strategic Foresight and Scenario Planning Go beyond trend spotting and learn how professional futurists leverage strategic foresight tools and approaches to look and see the big picture of where we are headed. Join our presenters, two consultants trained in Foresight by the University of Houston, as they lead hands-on activities where you will learn tools and techniques you can leverage for creating future scenarios at your own organization. This preconference will have maximum value for those interested in strategic planning, scenario planning, trend-spotting, futurism and anticipating significant changes that lie ahead. Co-Sponsored by the American Library Association’s Center for the Future of Libraries and the Future of Libraries Interest Group.  Register here.

Speakers:

  • Jamie Hollier, MLS., Consultant
  • Jen Chang, MLS., JD., Consultant.

Date: Friday, June 26 2015, Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Location: TBD

Call for ASCLA 2016 Program and Preconference/Institute Proposals

Dear ASCLA Members,

It’s that time of year again – conference program proposal time!

ASCLA is calling for program and preconference/institute proposals for 2016 (Midwinter 2016, January 8-12, will be in Boston, MA. and Annual Conference 2016, June 23-28, will be in Orlando, FL). The deadline to receive online proposals for 2016 is May 8, 2015. 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 the Annual Conference in San Francisco, 2015.

The online proposal form is here: https://www.conferenceabstracts.com/cfp2/login.asp?EventKey=CTTMUHUN. Please click on this link and then click on Click here to begin a new Proposal.”

We are counting on you to propose some sterling programming at our 2016 conferences so be sure to spread the word!

Best Wishes,

Susan Hornung

shornung at ala.org