Join Us – Online Public Forum on NLS Standards Revision

ada logoThe 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:

  1. Using this Google form
  2. Join one of three online Public Forums

    1. April 27, 2017 at 9:00 AM PST/12:00 PM EST
      1. Login as a guest with your name with this access link
      2. Call-in number: 1-888-718-7314
      3. Participant Code: 92491678#
    2. May 11, 2017 at 10:30 AM at Western/Southern Conference in Santa Fe, NM
    3. June 6, 2017 at 2:15 PM at Midlands/Northern Conference in Ann Arbor, MI
  3. Email to the members of the Working Team
    1. Danielle Miller (, Director & Regional Librarian Washington Talking Book & Braille Library. Representing the Western Conference
    2. Will Reed (, OLBPD Manager, Cleveland Public Library/Ohio Library for the Blind & Physically Disabled. Representing the Midlands Conference
    3. Eura Szuwalski (, Project Director for the revision process. Goleta, California.

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ASCLA and FAFLRT Merger: Open Forum Set

two puzzle pieces going together to signify mergerUpdate: 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 their members vote on the merger during the 2017 ALA Elections.

Before the referendum occurs, we want to hold an open forum for members of both organizations to learn about our two groups. This forum will be online, via Adobe Connect, and will feature the presidents of both ALA units. They will provide information about both organizations, give a synopsis of the current situation, outline what a merged unit would look like, and discuss future steps.

Most important is that this will offer an opportunity for you, members of both units, to ask questions and offer feedback.

Here are the details for the forum:

Date: Tuesday, February 14.
Time: 3:00pm EST/2:00pm CST/ 1:00 MST/ 12:00pm PST
PowerPoint Presentation: FAFLRT and ASCLA Proposed Merger_2-13-17. 
Link to log join:

If you want to join the forum via phone, call:
Participant Code: 91920045#

Also, we want to give people a chance to ask questions anonymously. You may do so by using the Google form linked here: We will attempt to answer as many questions as possible during the time allotted.

The merger proposal from ASCLA can be found here: Proposal for Merger of FAFLRT and ASCLA_2-13-17. We encourage members of both units to read through it and also learn about both organizations through their web sites:


Thanks so much for your membership to both organizations. We’re looking forward to speaking with you on the 14th!


Karl Debus-Lopez
FAFLRT President

Michael Golrick
ASCLA President