Special Issue: Improving Services for People with Disabilities

Special Issue: Improving Services for People with Disabilities

Spring is finally here!  This issue of ASCLA’s InterFace we will explore ways we can improve library services for people with disabilities.  Chris Jackson and Mary Frasier, who were part of the award winning Monroe County Library staff in Bloomington, IN talk about how ASCLA and ALA programming have helped...
Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight

by Lily Sacharow Meet… Elizabeth (Liz) Burns Youth Services Consultant for the New Jersey State Library Talking Book and Braille Center October 2007-Present   Tell us about the track you took to get to your current position. Librarianship is a second career for me; before this, I was a lawyer...
Armchair Traveler: Scotland! It's more than bagpipes and Nessy

Armchair Traveler: Scotland! It’s more than bagpipes and Nessy

By Christina C. Wray Did you hear?  This fall you can join a wonderful group of bookish friends for a literary romp through Scotland!  ASCLA is hosting a fun filled excursion from Oct. 28 – Nov. 5, 2015.  Want to learn more about Scotland?  Here are some excellent non-fiction books...
ALA Annual 2015 Preconference:  The ADA in Your Library

ALA Annual 2015 Preconference: The ADA in Your Library

by Chris Corrigan At this year’s ALA Annual Conference, in San Francisco, ASCLA is bringing you an  exciting preconference for anyone who wishes to learn more about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and how it affects them in their library. Understanding the ADA is important for all types of...
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New York Public Library LEAPing into the Library eBook Future

New York Public Library LEAPing into the Library eBook Future

By Greg Pronevitz, Executive Director, Massachusetts Library System and ASCLA Board Member At the ALA Mid-Winter Meeting in snowy Chicago attendees at the ASCLA Consortial eBook Interest Group were treated to an intriguing discussion about an exciting future possibility for eBooks in libraries. Micah May, NYPL’s Director of Business Development, and James English, NYPL’s Senior...
A Note from our President

A Note from our President

Dear ASCLA Members: Well we survived a Chicago Midwinter blizzard and still persevered in doing good work for the Association! Thank you to everyone who came to the ASCLA/COSLA reception. We tried a new method of having one free drink ticket for each attendee. If you liked that let us know and we may continue...
Program Proposals Now Being Accepted

Program Proposals Now Being Accepted

ASCLA Interest Group Leaders, It’s that time of year again – conference program proposal time! Please let your interest group members know that we are 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...
ASCLA programming at Annual 2015

ASCLA programming at Annual 2015

ASCLA Programs and Events at ALA Annual Conference Preliminary Annual Conference schedule available here.  Here is this year’s ASCLA line-up:   ASCLA President’s Program with keynote speaker Charlene Li, Sunday, June 28, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM ASCLA Preconferences – The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) In Your Library – Friday, June 26, 9:00 AM –...
ASCLA News and Events

ASCLA News and Events

Get Connected! ASCLA on Social Media Have you liked ASCLA on Facebook? Have you followed us on Twitter yet (@ala_ascla)? We are constantly posting association news and also little pieces of news from around the internet on both of these social media streams. If you follow us on Twitter, make sure to tweet at us...
Congratulations!

Congratulations!

ASCLA President, Kathleen Moeller-Peiffer, has been named Director of the New Mexico State Library. (Santa Fe, NM) – Kathleen Moeller-Peiffer has been appointed by Secretary of Cultural Affairs Veronica Gonzales to lead the New Mexico State Library.  Ms. Moeller-Peiffer will commence her duties as State Library Director beginning in early June.  The Governor-approved appointment is the...
Illinois State Library working to Improve Library Services for People on the Spectrum

Illinois State Library working to Improve Library Services for People on the Spectrum

By Christina C. Wray The Illinois State Library has been awarded a National Leadership Forum grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to help begin a national conversation on improving library services for patrons with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).  Their project, called Targeting Autism, is led by a partnership of the State Library,...
Improving Library Services for People with Disabilities: An Interview with Mary Frasier and Chris Jackson

Improving Library Services for People with Disabilities: An Interview with Mary Frasier and Chris Jackson

Interviewed by Christina C. Wray What ASCLA programs have you participated in? Mary: I participated in the online workshop called Positive Interactions: Making the library a Welcoming Place for People with Disabilities with Brenda Hough .  I also attended ASCLA programing at the Annual ALA conference in Chicago, because I was part of the Services...
The Library-GPII-System: Reinventing accessibility in libraries

The Library-GPII-System: Reinventing accessibility in libraries

Authors Amrish Chourasia, PhD Assistant Scientist, Trace R&D Center University of Wisconsin – Madison Email: amrish@trace.wisc.edu Ph: (608) 263-5485   Jim Tobias Inclusive Technologies Email: tobias@inclusive.com   Steve Githens Raising the Floor – US Email: swgithen@mtu.edu   Gregg Vanderheiden, PhD Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering University of Wisconsin – Madison Email: gv@trace.wisc.edu Ph: (608) 263-5788...
A word from our President

A word from our President

Midwinter Issue of Interface 2014 Message from the ASCLA President December 1, 2014   Dear ASCLA Colleagues, I look forward to seeing many of you in person at Midwinter, our business meeting for the year. Although we do our best to have regular conference calls with interest group conveners, committee chairs and the executive committee...
A word from our Executive Director

A word from our Executive Director

November 26, 2014   Dear ASCLA Members:   The 2015 Midwinter conference is in the great city of Chicago this year and I hope those of you who will be there will take time to visit with us at the ASCLA Happy Hour on Friday, 7-8pm at the Renaissance Blackstone – Bar Lower Lounge (cash...
2014 Jean Williams Sayre Innovation Award

2014 Jean Williams Sayre Innovation Award

Two members of ASCLA’s Alzheimer’s & Related Dementias Interest Group (IGARD), Karen Maki and Mary Beth Riedner, are part of the team of librarians who were awarded the 2014 Jean Williams Sayre Innovation Award by the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association (MLA).  This award “recognizes individuals, groups, libraries or organizations for their creative...