Webinar: Effectively Marketing Your State Library’s Services

Want to market your state library’s services to your library users?

The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies is offering a webinar that will show you exactly how to do that!

State Library Outreach to State Employees and Elected Officials
Monday, March 26, 2012 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Central Time
Registration closes Sunday, March 25–REGISTER NOW!

Learn from the Illinois State Library how to conduct effective outreach to your desired audience, such as state employees or elected officials, and raise awareness of the services available from your state library, and how you can assist them with their informational needs. This is an excellent opportunity for state library staff, reference librarians, outreach coordinators and other types of librarians to learn how to launch an effective campaign to promote your state library’s services.

During the webinar, we’ll:

  • Learn how to identify an audience and their needs
  • Review the importance of knowing your materials and resources
  • Explore new technology options and usage
  • Identify promotion techniques to gain exposure
  • Cover the recommendations, successes, failures and lessons learned from the Illinois State Library’s undertaking.
  • Address potential roadblocks such as restricted access to social media.

Webinar presenters: Debra Aggertt, reference outreach coordinator, Illinois State Library, and Sandra Fritz, reference librarian, Illinois State Library. Check out the webinar information page for more details about their background.

Individual registration: starts at $40 for ASCLA members
Group registration: $99 for a single login or $38/person (min. 2 people) for multiple logins
State Library Agency Members of ASCLA pay the amazing group rates of $69 for a single login or $29/person (min. 2 people) for multiple logins. Learn more about the benefits of ASCLA membership for SLAs here (PDF).

Questions about registration? Contact registration@ala.org or (800) 545-2433, option 5.
Questions about your ALA or ASCLA membership? Contact membership@ala.org.

Congratulations Carrie Banks, ASCLA member, and LJ Mover and Shaker!

ASCLA member Carrie Banks, supervising librarian at the Child’s Place for Children with Special Needs, Brooklyn Public Library, has been named one of Library Journal’s 2012 Movers and Shakers! We here at ASCLA knew Carrie was pretty awesome, and now everyone knows–congratulations, Carrie! Check out Carrie’s profile here. A full list of 2012 LJ Movers and Shakers is here.

Explore libraries, pubs and historic sites of Ireland with ASCLA in 2012

The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) is following up its sold-out Paris trip with a fall trip to Ireland in 2012, inviting you to join us as we explore the emerald isle, its castles, libraries and important historic sites.

The trip will run Oct. 4-12, 2012 and will include hotels and transportation to Dublin, Kilkenny, Cork, Cobh and Killarney; four dinners; tours of the National Library and the Killarney Library, Trinity College and the Book of Kells, Powerscourt Gardens, Kilkenny and Blarney Castles and the Ring of Kerry. Participants will also tour Waterford Crystal, visit the heritage center in Cobh to learn more about important Irish historical events such as the mass migration of Irish to America and throw back a pint at a pub established in 1703. Participants are responsible for their own airfare.

This Irish adventure is a follow up to ASCLA’s sold-out trip to Paris, which will take flight in late April 2012. A portion of the trip’s proceeds benefit ASCLA, a division of ALA. All those interested in coming along on this exciting trip are welcome to attend regardless of membership status. An informational brochure is available for download at the ASCLA website.

For the tour of Ireland, deposits in the amount of $1,000 are due by June 1, 2012 with the balance due by Aug. 15, 2012. Checks should be made payable to Lyceum Tours and sent to Lyceum Tours, 11 Haddon Avenue, Haddonfield, N.J., 08033. Questions about the trip? Contact the ASCLA office at ascla@ala.org or (312) 280-4395, or Lyceum Tours at (856) 795-9044.

“Next Chapter Book Club”: ASCLA webinar highlights effective literacy programming for teens and adults with intellectual, developmental disabilities

ASCLA will offer a new webinar, “Next Chapter Book Club: An Innovative and Viable Approach to Meeting the Literacy Needs of Adolescents and Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities”, on February 16, 2012, 1:00 – 2:30pm CT.


The Next Chapter Book Club (NCBC) is a community-based literacy and social program for adolescents and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. NCBCs include five to eight people with a wide range of reading skills who gather weekly in bookstores, cafés, and, increasingly, libraries. This webinar will describe the NCBC model, which has been disseminated to over 100 cities in North America and Europe.  The webinar will further explore how the NCBC model has been implemented by the Scotch Plains Public Library, which is reaching out to people with disabilities, especially those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, in a variety of ways.

Who should attend this webinar?
–All public librarians, especially those who have responsibility for outreach, programming and teen services
–High School Media Specialists
–Any community member with an interest in authentic community engagement and lifelong learning opportunities for people with disabilities

Those who attend will gain a thorough understanding of the NCBC model and philosophy; understand how they might meet the adult literacy needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, even those who do not conventionally read; and learn the myriad benefits of including people with developmental disabilities in library programming.

Webinar presenter Jillian Ober, MA, CRC, has worked at The Ohio State University Nisonger Center on Excellence in Developmental Disabilities since 2004.  At Nisonger Center, Jillian manages programs that emphasize community inclusion and lifelong learning for adolescents and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  One such program is the Next Chapter Book Club, a community-based book club program for people with developmental disabilities.  Jillian manages all aspects of this program, including its expansion to now more than 100 cities in 24 U.S. states and 5 countries.  Jillian received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees (Psychology, Rehabilitation Counseling) from The Ohio State University.

Individual registration fees are $40 for ASCLA members, $50 for ALA members, $65 for non-ALA members, and $45 for ALA student members and retired members.

Group rates are available: $99 for a single login, and $38/person for multiple logins (min. 2 people). We also offer excellent rates for state libraries who are members of ASCLA: $69 for a single login and $29/person for multiple logins (min. 2 people). Get more group registration information, including forms, at the ASCLA website.

REGISTER NOW. Registration will close at 5:00pm Central time on Tuesday, Feb. 14.

You’re Invited to the LSSPS Dinner @ Annual Conference

The Libraries Serving Special Populations Section (LSSPS) of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) invites all current and potential LSSPS members to its Annual Dinner.

The dinner will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 12, 2009 at Emilios Tapas Sol y Nieve, 215 East Ohio St., Chicago, and is an opportunity to visit with old colleagues and meet new ones who are employed in library services for special populations, including patrons with visual or physical impairments, the deaf and hard of hearing, incarcerated adults and youth and those with other special needs. Tickets for the event are $40 for ASCLA members, $45 for ALA members, $50 for non-members, and $35 for students.

Those interested in registering for the dinner and conferenceor adding the dinner to their current meeting itinerarycan do so through Step 6 (Your Events) of the online registration form or by calling 1 (800) 974-3084. Those who are interested in only attending the dinner (event code SL3) must register using a printed registration form, which can then be submitted via mail or faxed per the instructions on the form.

Learn more about Emilio’s at the restaurant website. The restaurant is fully accessible, and is located just east of the intersection of North Michigan Avenue and East Ohio Street. The nearest El stop is Grand-Red Line, and a number of Michigan Avenue buses can also get you there. Plan your trip at www.transitchicago.com.

The complete schedule of ASCLA events at Annual is available on the ASCLA website.

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.