Category Archives: Universal Access

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 […]

Comments Invited for the First Draft of the 2011 Standards and Guidelines of Service for the Library of Congress Network of Libraries for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

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 would like to accept comments on the first, revised draft of the standards. The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress, […]

ASCLA offering eCourse on Captioning Instructional Videos

Beginning Monday, August 1, 2016, the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) will offer a four-week course on creating and synchronizing captions for library instructional videos for patrons who are deaf or hearing impaired. Watch the promo video here:   Retired librarian and longtime universal access advocate, Kate Todd, will introduce participants to […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Introducing the first module of ASCLA’s AccessAbility Academy

Whether you work at an academic, public or special library, you want your library to welcome and empower everyone in your community. How can you ensure you’re ready to help people with disabilities access the resources that enrich their lives and help them succeed? The new tutorial “Positive Interactions: Making the Library a Welcoming and […]

Nomination period now open for ASCLA awards recognizing service to profession and outstanding service to special populations

The Association for Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) is now accepting nominations for its 2014 awards which recognize 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 […]

Meet the ASCLA Board of Directors: Chris Corrigan, Designated Director of Special Populations

Throughout the coming weeks on this blogspace, we’ll be profiling members of the ASCLA Board of Directors, and it’s the perfect opportunity to learn a bit more about these amazing leaders! Does something in their replies pique your interest? Reach out to them via their contact info at the end of the post. A little […]

Meet the ASCLA Board of Directors: Lori Guenthner, Designated Director of Special Populations

Throughout the coming weeks on this blogspace, we’ll be profiling members of the ASCLA Board of Directors, and it’s the perfect opportunity to learn a bit more about these amazing leaders! Does something in their replies pique your interest? Reach out to them via their contact info at the end of the post. A little […]