President’s Note

President’s Note

by Michael Golrick As I think back on this summer, it was certainly a different one. It began with the shootings at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, shortly before the ALA Annual Conference was to be held there.1 After ALA, I arrived home in Baton Rouge where the Alton Stirling...
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An Interview with Teneka Williams

An Interview with Teneka Williams

Teneka Williams Distribution Manager Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services (GLASS) 10 years   Read her recent essay for June’s issue of American Libraries, “Inclusivity in Any Library.”   Already an ALA member, Teneka is looking forward to membership in ASCLA. “It will be inspiring,” she writes, “to be part of a group that shares...
Inside Out: Virginia Offenders Returning to Their Community Libraries

Inside Out: Virginia Offenders Returning to Their Community Libraries

by Anne Pierce, Ph.d. Excerpt from a presentation to be given October 28 at the Virginia Library Association 10,000 to 12,000 adults and 500 juveniles in Virginia are projected to be released from incarceration and returned to communities each year 1. An even greater number reenter communities from local jails. To date, President Obama has...
Update on ALA's Conference Accessibility Task Force

Update on ALA’s Conference Accessibility Task Force

The ALA Conference Accessibility Task Force (CATF) was created following ALA Midwinter 2016, as a result of the passage of Council Document 31: Resolution Concerning Accessibility of ALA Conferences and Meetings for People with Disabilities. The charge of the Task Force reads as follows: Collect data from ALA members and conference attendees with disabilities Establish a process for...
Marketing and Advocacy: Explaining Libraries to Elected Officials Webinar

Marketing and Advocacy: Explaining Libraries to Elected Officials Webinar

 Thursday, 11/10/2016 3:00 PM-4:00 PM (Eastern) 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Central) 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Mountain) 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Pacific) Marketing and advocacy go hand-in-hand. Advocacy is telling your library’s story. Those who influence funding for libraries cannot make informed decisions if they do not understand the scope of your mission. Most librarians haven’t practiced the political...
Report from the IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2016: IGARD Poster Presentation

Report from the IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2016: IGARD Poster Presentation

by Mary Beth Riedner The Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias Interest Group (IGARD) of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) Division of the American Library Association (ALA) presented a poster at the IFLA WLIC 2016 which was held in Columbus, Ohio from Aug. 13-19, 2016.  The poster was entitled “Reconnecting Persons with Dementia...
Are you dreaming of adventure?

Are you dreaming of adventure?

Imagine it, color for as far as the eye can see…the sound and water gently lapping as you glide down some of the most iconic rivers in Europe….sound irresistible?  Still not convinced?  There’s more: Day 1 (April 3): ARRIVE IN AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS – EMBARKATION Travelers arrive in Amsterdam, a modern city with a rich...