Letter from the ASCLA President

Summer has finally arrived in Indiana. The sun is shining and the dogwood and redbud trees in my woods are in full bloom. It’s a great time to reflect on growth. Winter turns to spring, and summer inevitably leads to fall. It’s tempting to think of it as a predictable pattern. And yet, my woods also grows and changes from one year to the next.

At my library, we’ve been busy all winter preparing for a new digital creativity program, hoping to attract young audiences. We’ve raised the money, designed the space, moved collections, rethought our programming model, hired a new manager, and chosen a contractor; the work will begin soon. We’ve also committed to improving services to people with disabilities in our community, and invested in library-wide staff development, updated our website, and participated in National Disability Awareness Month programming in our community. Like the trees outside my window, we have not been dormant, but have instead been preparing for our next season.

I hope that your winter was equally productive, and that you’re also thinking about changing and renewing your services to meet the needs of important new audiences. ASCLA is a great place to share ideas, challenge your thinking, and find colleagues to join you on your journey. I hope to see you soon in Las Vegas or online.
Sara Laughlin
ASCLA President

ASCLA Members Needed

Submitted by Kathleen Moeller-Peiffer, ASCLA Vice-President/President-Elect

ASCLA has over 800 members, and yet we still have openings to fill on our committees! Committee work is fun, can be done virtually (in most cases) and you meet new people who are interested in some of the same topics you are. The standing committees of ASCLA that still could use more members are:

Accessibility Assembly
Awards Committee
Conference Programming Committee
Guidelines for Library & Information Services for the American Deaf Community
Interest Group Coordinating Committee
Membership Committee
Nominating Committee
Online Learning Committee
President’s Program Planning Committee
Publications Committee
Web Presence Committee

Information on each committee may be located by going to http://www.ala.org/ascla/asclaourassoc/asclarosters/rosters and clicking on the name of the committee. Come join your colleagues and make your ASCLA experience richer!

Welcome Marianne Braverman to ASCLA Staff

Submitted by Susan Hornung, ASLCA Executive Director

Some of you have certainly already seen a new name in the ASCLA office.  Please join us in welcoming Marianne Braverman, our new Marketing and Programs Manager for RUSA and ASCLA.

Marianne worked at the American Bar Association as a Marketing Manager, was an independent consultant and worked for Housing Opportunities for Women, Chicago as the Director of Development. She has a Master’s of Social Work from University of Illinois – Chicago, and a BA in human development and sociology from University of Kansas.

We’re excited to have her join us! Please feel free to send her a message of welcome at mbraverman@ala.org.

Travel to the French and Italian Rivieras with ASCLA

View at GordesOct. 6 – 15, 2014

Hosted by the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA)

Say au revoir to the gloomy fall weather and bonjour to lavender fields, vineyards and outdoor markets! Destinations for this Mediterranean adventure include Nice, Cannes and Monaco. This is a fundraising trip hosted by ASCLA, a division of ALA. Previous adventures include Spain, France, Ireland and Italy.

This adventure is open to the library community; there are no membership requirements in order to participate. Previous travelers have brought spouses, siblings and friends along.

Those interested in making a reservation should contact Michael Stillwell at Lyceum Tours (lyceum46@yahoo.com) or ASCLA Executive Director Susan Hornung (shornung@ala.org) for information. Cost of the trip is $2700.00 plus airfare. More information can be found here!

ASCLA Webinars–Register Today


Understanding Personalities in the Workplace

Wednesdays, July 2, 9, and 16th, 2:00 p.m. (CST)

Are you an employee? A manager? Do you have a spouse? Children? Friends? Acquaintances? Do you volunteer in an organization? Are you on committees? Do you ever deal with people in any context at all? Of course you do! This 3-part webinar series is an invaluable tool in understanding your own personality style, as well as understanding those with whom you interact.

You’ll be introduced to Tightrope walkers, Ringleaders, Attendants and Clowns, and find out how we are all so different… and yet so alike. Why do they do the things they do and why do you react the way you do? Why do you struggle to communicate effectively with some people? Why don’t they have the same goals you do? Why don’t they see things the way you do (after all, you’re right, right?!?) You’ll find out your own personality style as well as the strengths and weaknesses of each of the four basic styles. As you learn about yourself, you’ll undoubtedly experience an “aha!” moment regarding someone else (or several “someone elses”!) You will also learn how to stay on TRAC (Tightrope walkers, Ringleaders, Attendants and Clowns) with specific ways to deal with each style.

Linda Bruno has been developing and conducting training workshops since 1997.
Each session of this 3-part series is 60 minutes.
Register now!


Emotional Intelligence in Your Workplace

Wednesdays, July 23, 30, and August 6, 2:00 p.m. CST

Emotional Intelligence – maybe you’ve heard the term, but what in the world does it mean? The short answer is simply being intelligent about emotions – yours and others’. The longer – and much more interesting – answer will fascinate you.

In this 3-part series, we’ll discuss the idea of Emotional Intelligence and why interest in the field is increasing. We’ll delve into how our behavioral styles can affect our levels of emotional intelligence. We’ll also take a closer look at emotions:
what are emotions anyway, are we even aware of them when they happen, can we control them? Then we will “look in the mirror” and begin to explore the first two of the four elements of Emotional Intelligence. Finally, we will investigate the other two elements – by probing how our emotions affect how we interact with others, we’ll also discover the potential for improving our emotional intelligence, why it matters in the workplace, and why it might be challenging to do so.

Linda Bruno has been developing and conducting training workshops since 1997.
Each session of this 3-part series is 60 minutes.
Register now!



Portal, Platform, Public Option: An introduction and overview of the Digital Public Library of America

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 2:00 p.m. CST

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world; interest in the DPLA tends to span across many different library types and includes membership from state and public libraries, as well as consortia from across the US. The content of the overview presentation explores how we view the DPLA: as a portal, a technical platform, and an advocate for the public good. Within that, we talk about our Hubs model, do a walk through of the site, talk about copyright and the value of opening up our resources to greater usage, and APIs. Participanst will gain a better understanding of the DPLA, better understand the value of openness, as well as learn how the Hubs model works and how they might participate in DPLA. There will be a Q&A for participants to have their questions answered about the DPLA.

Amy Rudersdorf is the DPLA Assistant Director for Content. She is responsible for digitization partnerships and related workflows, metadata normalization and shareability, and community engagement to promote the DPLA as a community resource.

Register now!

ASCLA Councilor Report—ALA Midwinter 2014

Prepared by Liz Bishoff, ASCLA Councilor

ALA Council met in Philadelphia during the 2014 ALA Midwinter Conference. ALA Executive Director Keith Fiels reported attendance of 12,207, at the Midwinter meeting in spite of snow and cold, exceeding attendance in Seattle and Dallas.

Highlights of the Council meeting included Council passage of Resolutions on:


o urges Congress to amend the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012 to extend existing legal protections for whistleblowers to employees of all national security and intelligence agencies, and to non-federal employees working for civilian contractors;

o urges Congress to establish a secure procedure by which all federal employees, and all non-federal employees working for civilian contractors, may safely share evidence they have discovered of fraud, waste, or abuse with the appropriate oversight committees of Congress, and directly with the press and the American people, with the protection of legally enforceable rights against retaliation or prosecution;

o commends the courage and perseverance of federal employees, and non-federal employees working for civilian contractors, who risk their livelihoods, their reputations and their liberty to expose evidence of government fraud, waste, or abuse

o Resolution on maintaining government websites during government shutdowns—

o urges the President to direct the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Department of Justice(DoJ) to develop guidance to federal agencies stating that, in the event of a government shutdown or other emergency, continued access by the public to essential information on agency websites is an “excepted” activity that would warrant the retention of personnel or the obligation of funds to assure access;

o urges the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), in the absence of such a guideline, to direct each agency to communicate the status during a shutdown of its website to the Government Printing Office (GPO) or another appropriate agency, which would widely communicate and update information about which agencies are maintaining their websites, which are updating them and which are closing them;

o urges OMB to require each agency to determine what information is essential and should be available if a government shutdown or emergency should occur. For such an occurrence, develop a contingency plan for continued public access to information;

o urges OMB to direct agencies to work with GPO in hosting their online publications and data in the Federal Digital System (FDSys) or other publicly accessible means;

o urges GPO to expand its automated harvesting of Federal agencies’ websites and to redirect persistent uniform resource locators (PURLs) to GPO-harvested copies rather than agency websites; and

o urges that GPO or another appropriate agency be directed to maintain a clearinghouse of web pages that provide alternate ways of accessing government information.
President Barbara Stripling reported that the Executive Board has continued working on the Reimaging ALA activities that has engaged ALA members over the past several years. The Board held a two day strategic planning session prior to the Midwinter meetings, analyzing and synthesizing the collected data, resulting in development of a set of drat strategic initiatives that reflect the conversations and deliberations of members and member leaders. Additionally a set of enabling strategies have been developed for review by the ALA members. The Strategic Initiatives include:

o Advocacy for the value of libraries and librarians

o Information policy

o Professional and leadership development
There was widespread discussion of the strategic initiatives and the enabling strategies across ALA.

ALA Treasurer Mario Gonzales and Budget Analysis and Review Committee Chair Pat Wand reported that ALA is financially healthy organization, finishing FY13 with a net asset balance of $76,000.

Executive Director Fiels announced that ALA Elections will begin March 19, 2014 and end April 25, results will be announced May 2. Council elected three new Board members to three year terms, beginning after annual conference. ASCLA member Mike Marlin was elected to complete an uncompleted term and will serve until the end of Annual Conference 2014.


Do You Need To Know More About ASCLA?

Have you visited the ASCLA Resources page recently? This blog post covers all the recent updates. Go directly to the page–and visit it often–for new information about library services related to the following topics: blind and physically handicapped; certification; cooperative library organizations; deaf/hard of hearing; equity of access; impaired elderly library users; independent librarians and library consultants; learning disabilities; prison libraries; state libraries; students with disabilities; and website accessibility. Visit the ASCLA Resources page.

ASCLA Events at ALA Annual Conference

You are cordially invited to the ASCLA/COSLA Reception and Awards Presentation!

A conference tradition featuring delicious hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar while celebrating this year’s achievement award recipients.

All conference attendees are invited! Annual Conference attendees employed or interested in these areas—state library agencies; networks, cooperatives and consortia; specialized libraries such as those for the blind, deaf, hard of hearing and incarcerated populations; and independent librarians and library consultants—are encouraged to join the party and meet other professionals.

Saturday, June 28, 5:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Pavilion 04 of the Las Vegas Hotel.

Details on the award recipients can be found in the Member News section of Interface.


Add the below events to your conference registration *or* you can register without attending the ALA
• ASCLA 101: Saturday, June 28, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Participants will be able to chat with colleagues and hear more about how they can get involved. Refreshments, Raffle and fun prizes!
• ASCLA / COSLA Reception and Award Presentation: Saturday, June 28, from 5:45 – 7:00 p.m. Bring a friend!
• ASCLA President’s Program: Sunday, June 29, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Connected Learning and Libraries: At the Intersection of the Arts, Media, New Technologies and Informal Learning.

Join ASCLA as we host our first ASLCA 101, Networking and orientation event.
Interested, new and current members are welcome. The event includes a brief presentation about ASCLA, networking opportunities, refreshments and raffle prizes!
Saturday, June 28, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., Las Vegas Hotel, Ballroom E.

Free to all conference registrants!

ASCLA / COSLA Reception and Awards Presentation

Networking, sweets and an awards presentation are on the agenda for the ASCLA/COSLA reception at the upcoming ALA Annual Conference. All conference attendees are invited to participate in the celebration. After the programming is done on Saturday, join our vibrant membership community.

This year we’re honoring:
• Greenville County Library System (S.C.) is the winner of the ASCLA/Keystone Library Automation System (KLAS) & National Organization on Disability (NOD) Award.
• The Francis Joseph Campbell Award winner is Chris Mundy, quality assurance specialist, Multistate Center East, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress.
• Mary Beth Riedner, volunteer at the Gail Borden Public Library District, will receive ASCLA’s Exceptional Service Award.

Saturday, June 28th 5:45 – 7:15pm, Las Vegas Hotel, Room Pavilion 04

Free to all conference registrants!


ASCLA President’s Program

Connected Learning and Libraries: At the Intersection of the Arts, Media, New Technologies, and Informal Learning

Connected Learning is the progressive educational approach intended for our continuously changing world. It makes learning relevant to all populations, to real life, real work and realities of the modern digital age, where learning should never stop. Connected learning guides learners to experiment, be hands-on, to be active and take ownership of their learning; recognizing that this is key to being successful in work and in life.

KPepplerJoin Kylie Peppler when she demonstrates bridging together the knowledge of how youth best learn with the opportunities made available through today’s technology networked and digital media.

Sunday, June 29th at 10:30am – 12:00pm, Las Vegas Convention Center, Rooms N255/257

Free to all conference registrants!


Locations are subject to change. Please check the event scheduler prior to the events.


Join an Interest Group List

All of the ASCLA Interest Groups now have lists. To subscribe, send an email to sympa@ala.org, with the subject as in the examples below. Replace firstname and lastname with your first and last names. Do not put anything in the body of the message.

To subscribe to the Alzheimer’s & Related Dementias Interest Group, for instance:
subscribe ascla-igard firstname lastname
or, to subscribe to the Library Consultants listserv, for example send a message to sympa@ala.org, with the following subject:
subscribe ascla-iglc firstname lastname
These Lists are a great way to connect with others, share experiences, network and get advice.  Only subscribers may post to the list; the lists are open to all, as well as interest group members, so feel free to invite colleagues to join your lists. Announcements of conferences, workshops, new publications, and position openings appropriate to the list are allowed. All messages should relate to the general topic of the list. All postings must be free of copyright restrictions that limit distribution.

1. ascla-igard@ala.org
ASCLA Alzheimer’s & Related Dementias Interest Group
2. ascla-igbdc@ala.org
ASCLA Bridging Deaf Cultures @ your library Interest Group
3. ascla-igcd@ala.org
ASCLA Collaborative Digitization Interest Group
4. ascla-igceb@ala.org
ASCLA Consortial E-Books Interest Group
5. ascla-igcm@ala.org
ASCLA Consortium Management Interest Group
6. ascla-igfl@ala.org
ASCLA Future of Libraries Interest Group
7. ascla-igic@ala.org
ASCLA Interlibrary Cooperation Interest Group
8. ascla-iglc@ala.org
ASCLA Library Consultants Interest Group
9. ascla-iglsid@ala.org
ASCLA Library Services for the Incarcerated and Detained Interest Group
10. ascla-iglspv@ala.org
ASCLA Library Services for People with Visual or Physical that Prevent Them from Reading Standard Print Interest Group
11. ascla-iglsyc@ala.org
ASCLA Library Services for Youth in Custody Interest Group
12. ascla-igpd@ala.org
ASCLA Physical Delivery Interest Group
13. ascla-igsalc@ala.org
ASCLA LSTA Coordinators Interest Group
14. ascla-igsald@ala.org
ASCLA Library Development Interest Group
15. ascla-igsays@ala.org
ASCLA Youth Services Consultants Interest Group
16. ascla-igtl@ala.org
ASCLA Tribal Librarians Interest Group
17. ascla-igua@ala.org
ASCLA Universal Access Interest Group


Interest Groups and Their Leaders

Here is the list of current interest group leaders. For instructions on how to join an of the Interest Groups, see http://www.ala.org/ascla/asclaourassoc/asclainterest/list or contact the Interest Group leader.
ASCLA Alzheimer’s & Related Dementias Interest Group
This interest group focuses on creating, disseminating and implementing guidelines for library services to people with Alzheimer’s and related dementias. The International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) has already established such guidelines and they can readily be adapted for use in the United States.
Leader: Mary Beth Riedner, mbried@comcast.net

ASCLA Bridging Deaf Cultures @ your library Interest Group
Primary focus is building support for the nation’s libraries to work with organizations serving the deaf (OSD) in forming a Deaf Cultural Digital Library.
Leader: Alec McFarlane, alec.mcfarlane@gmail.com

ASCLA Collaborative Digitization Interest Group
Collaborative Digitization Group Interest Group for library cooperatives which are combinations, mergers, or contractual associations of one or more types of libraries (academic, public, special, or school) crossing jurisdictional, institutional, or political boundaries, working together to achieve maximum effective use of funds to provide library and information services to all citizens above and beyond those which can be provided through one institution. Such cooperative organizations or agencies may be designated to serve a community, a metropolitan area, a region within a region, or may serve a statewide or multi-state area.
Leader: Laurie Arp, laurie.arp@lyrasis.org

ASCLA Consortial E-Books Interest Group
The purpose of the ASCLA Consortial E-Books Interest Group is to provide a regular forum for consortial discussion and to meet at Annual and Midwinter conferences. We believe that consortia represent a large segment of libraries, and we think that acting as consortia we can be influential with publishers and vendors to benefit libraries and library users as the e-book landscape evolves. We welcome any type of library or library agency as well as consortias.
Deirdre Brennan dee.brennan@railslibraries.info
Veronda Pitchford veronda.pitchford@railslibraries.info

ASCLA Consortium Management Discussion Interest Group
This interest group is focused on consortial funding, advocacy, services, etc., plus discussion group on topics of interest to library cooperatives statewide, multi-state, national cooperatives, and multitype library systems.
Leader: Sheryl Knab, sknab@wnylrc.org

ASCLA Future of Libraries Interest Group
This group is open to anyone with an interest in the future of libraries. Changes in the world around us, different service models, new technologies, determining what our customers value and what our non-customers are finding elsewhere will be examined. This group will submit an annual recommendation to the ASCLA President for two areas that we think libraries should focus on to increase their value and insure their viability in the future.
Leader: Peggy Cadigan, pcadigan@njstatelib.org

ASCLA Interlibrary Cooperation Interest Group
Provides a forum for discussion of interests in interlibrary cooperation and the statewide development of library service, emphasizing the interdependence of all types of libraries.
Leader: Scherelene L. Schatz, slschatzie@aol.com

ASCLA Library Consultants Interest Group
The ASCLA Library Consultant Interest Group supports professional development by providing programs, information exchange and networking opportunities of interest to independent librarians, library consultants, state library and regional library consultants, and anyone who wants to push the boundaries of librarianship.
Leader: Allan Kleiman, kleiman@aol.com

ASCLA Library Services to the Incarcerated and Detained
Supports ALA members who serve patrons of any age who are held in jail, prison, detention or immigration facility.
Leader: Elizabeth Marshak, emarshak@gmail.com

ASCLA Library Services to People with Visual or Physical Disabilities that Prevent Them from Reading Standard Print Interest Group
This interest group focuses on assistive technology and accessibility services for people with visual or physical disabilities.
Leader: Carli Spina, cspina@law.harvard.edu

ASCLA Library Services for Youth in Custody
The purpose of this Interest Group is to advocate, promote, and improve library services for youth who have been detained in correctional facilities of various kinds.
Leader: Camden Eadoin Tadhg, Tadhg_c@cde.state.co.us

ASCLA LSTA Coordinators Interest Group
For staff responsible for procuring and administering LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) funds and programs. LSTA is a federally funded state based program generally administered by the state library of each state.
Leader: Katie McDonough, Katie.McDonough@lib.de.us

ASCLA Physical Delivery Interest Group
The focus of this interest group covers the physical delivery of library materials for resource sharing and related issues.
Co-Leader: Rae Cheney, cheney@amigos.org
Co-Leader: Mr. James E. Pletz, jpletz1968@hotmail.com

ASCLA State Library Agencies – Library Development Interest Group
An interest group for State LIbrary Agencies staff to network and discussion matters relating to library development services, activities, and needs.
Leader: Carol Desch, cdesch@mail.nysed.gov

ASCLA Tribal Librarians Interest Group
The purpose of this new interest group is to increase knowledge and networking among library leaders with tribal libraries. The goal is to foster new relations and begin lifelong partnerships with community library leaders and Tribal Librarians. This interest group is not just for “Tribal.” Tribal librarians and employees of tribal libraries as well as librarians and library leaders interested in knowing more about tribal libraries are welcome.
Leader: Lillian Chavez, mescalero_library@yahoo.com

ASCLA Universal Access Interest Group
Interest group purpose is to promote inclusive library services – sharing information and resources.
Leader: Marti Goddard, mgoddard@sfpl.org

ASCLA Youth Services Consultants Interest Group
The purpose is to allow each state’s Youth Services Consultant or staff member responsible for working with youth services to keep abreast of topics of interest to the group and the constituents they serve in their states through listservs, and in-person networking meetings at ALA Midwinter and Annual Conferences.
Leader: Sharon Rawlins, srawlins@njstatelib.org


Interest Group Updates

ASCLA Members Create New Consortial E-Books Interest Group

ASCLA members recently approved a petition to create a new Interest Group: Consortial E-Books.

The purpose of the ASCLA Consortial E-Books Interest Group is to provide a regular forum for consortial discussion and to meet at Annual and Midwinter conferences. We believe that consortia represent a large segment of libraries, and we think that acting as consortia we can be influential with publishers and vendors to benefit libraries and library users as the e-book landscape evolves. We welcome any type of library or library agency as well as consortia.

The Consortial E-Books Interest Group leadership team for 2014-2015 is:
Deirdre Brennan, Executive Director of the RAILS Reaching Across Illinois Library System, and
Veronda Pitchford, Director of Membership Development and Resource Sharing, RAILS Reaching Across Illinois Library System.
To join this new interest group, complete the form here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/con_ebooks
You may also want to join their online discussion group, which is open to all. To subscribe, send an email to sympa@ala.org with the following subject:

subscribe ascla-igceb firstname lastname
(replace firstname and lastname above with your first and last names.) Do not put anything in the body of the message.


Alzheimer’s & Related Dementias Interest Group (IGARD)

Our Interest Group is only a little over a year old. Already we have about 30 members, but more are definitely welcome. There is lots of work to do to promote a national conversation about the importance of providing library services directly to people with dementia, not just to their caregivers.

Four Interest Group members (Melanie Blau-McDonald, Erik Johansen, Tal Hurwitz, and Mary Beth Riedner) facilitated a ConverStation at the PLA Annual Conference on March 13, 2014 in Indianapolis. The topic of the ConverStation was “Providing Services to People with Alzheimer’s & Related Dementias”. Thirty-five librarians excitedly reported on what they are already doing with this population and brainstormed ideas for further services. A compiled list of existing programs and services will be available soon.

This year’s work will focus on developing guidelines for services to the growing number of Americans with Alzheimer’s & related dementias. These guidelines will use the IFLA Guidelines for Library Services to Persons with Dementia (2007) as a starting point. It has been suggested that we work closely with RUSA, which is also in the process of updating its guidelines for serving the senior population.

The Alzheimer’s and Related Dementia’s Interest Group also submitted an application to facilitate a Conversation Starter at ALA’s 2014 conference in Las Vegas.

Please direct any questions, comments or suggestions to Mary Beth Riedner (Chair) at mbried@comcast.net.


Report form Library Services for the Incarcerated and Detained Interest Group

We had a wonderful time at Midwinter in Philadelphia. A few of us met for lunch at Maggiano’s on Saturday. We are very much looking forward to ALA Annual in Vegas. Hoping to meet more of you there. This group will have an official scheduled meeting at the conference and will have an informal social brunch/lunch somewhere tasty. For the program Online Inside: Justification, Issues and Solutions for Digital Literacy in Correctional Settings, a few of us will be on the panel.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact LSID Leader, Elizabeth Marshak, emarshak@gmail.com.

ASCLA Member News

Everyone wants to know what their fellow ASCLA members are doing. Please send your news to the ASCLA Interface Editor for the next issue.

ASCLA Awards

Greenville County Library System (S.C.) is the winner of the ASCLA/Keystone Library Automation System (KLAS) & National Organization on Disability (NOD) Award. Greenville County Library System was selected for its extensive work in creating “Intentional Strides,” which increased programs, library services and staff awareness of serving individuals with disabilities and special needs in Greenville County, S.C. The library also dedicated funds from its operating budget specifically to enhance and improve library programs, services and staff awareness with regard to patrons with disabilities. The award consists of $1,000 and a citation supported by Kay and David Holloman of Keystone Systems, developer of the Keystone Library Automation System (KLAS), and the National Organization on Disability.

The Francis Joseph Campbell Award winner is Chris Mundy, quality assurance specialist, Multistate Center East, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress. He was selected for sharing his technical expertise in the production of quality audio materials through workshops, developing guidelines and consulting with the NLS volunteer recording studios. His contributions enhance and expand collections that offer a wide variety of reading materials to blind and visually impaired patrons. Mundy will receive a citation and a medal. Visit the Royal National College for the Blind website to read more about Francis Joseph Campbell, for whom this award is named.

Mary Beth Riedner, volunteer at the Gail Borden Public Library District, will receive ASCLA’s Exceptional Service Award. She is recognized for the development of “Tales and Travel,” a creative and innovative book-related program, website and video that trains volunteers in libraries and memory care centers to provide recreational reading to individuals with dementia. Her outstanding work will enrich the lives of people with Alzheimer’s for years to come. Riedner will receive a citation.

We will be honoring this year’s winners at the ASCLA/COSLA Reception, Saturday, June 28, 5:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Pavilion 04 of the Las Vegas Hotel. All conference attendees are invited to this celebration, which includes hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. The reception is also an excellent opportunity to network with ASCLA members—some of the coolest librarians you’ll ever meet. Bring your business cards and come hang out with us!

Cassandra Artale Retires from New York State Library

Library Development Specialist Cassandra Artale is retiring after more than 30 years of service at the New York State Library. Her retirement will be effective June 19, 2014 and her last day in the office will be June 18.

Ms. Artale began her first State Library position in 1979, as School and Youth Services Librarian for the State Library’s Talking Book and Braille Library, the regional library which serves upstate NY in the National Library Service for the Blind & Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress network. After administering statewide school and youth services programs for TBBL, she joined the Library Development Team in 2000 as a Library Development Specialist. Cassie has worked tirelessly over the past 14 years to improve and enhance statewide library-based adult literacy, family literacy and outreach programs. In addition, she has also provided outstanding leadership and coordination for the State Library’s public library systems and school library systems programs as the Team Leader for Library Development’s Outreach, Networking and Regional Advisory Services Team since 2010.

Under Ms. Artale’s thoughtful and expert leadership, the State Library’s statewide outreach services programs have served the millions of New Yorkers who face special challenges in accessing the library services they need. Ms. Artale has worked closely with the 23 public library system outreach coordinators to bring library services to target groups such as: persons who are educationally disadvantaged, members of ethnic or minority groups in need of special library services, the unemployed and those in need of job placement assistance, people who live in areas underserved by a library, or people who are blind, physically disabled, have developmental or learning disabilities, or those who are aged or confined in institutions. She has extended library services to inmates through the public library system services for State correctional facility libraries program and the county jails program. She also manages New York State’s Indian Libraries program, working directly with the two public libraries serving Native Americans living on the St. Regis-Mohawk and Seneca Nation reservations.

Ms. Artale provided statewide leadership for the 2007/2008 award-winning Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation/Webjunction Spanish Language Outreach Program, which trained hundreds of public library workers to bring library services to Spanish-speakers and their families. She has also led a number of cross-cutting work teams at the State Library, including the team that is currently developing the framework for the new 2016-2021 library system five-year plan of service.

In addition to her statewide services program management responsibilities, Ms. Artale has ably represented the State Education Department, the New York State Library and New York’s libraries as the official liaison to several state and federal agencies and organizations, including the NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, 2-1-1 New York, and the Literacy New York Board of Directors. She works collaboratively with agencies such as the NYS Department of Health, the NYS Office for the Aging, the NYS Labor Department, the SED Office of Adult and Continuing Education Services and most recently, US Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) to help library staff provide current information to their communities through use of e-government resources and contact with federal and community services providers.

Ms. Artale’s ability to relate to library users, librarians, library trustees, local government officials and community leaders and their unique concerns have been invaluable assets to the State Library, to the State Education Department and to the hundreds of libraries and systems that she has worked with over the years. Her deep passion for libraries and her thorough understanding of the positive life-changing impacts that libraries and library staff can have on people from all walks of life will be sorely missed.

In addition to her work at the State Library, Ms. Artale has also worked for the Upper Hudson Library System as a Job Information Center Librarian and at the Bethlehem Public Library in Delmar, New York as a Special Collections Librarian. She has an MLS from the State University of New York at Albany and a BA from Southern Illinois University.

Cassie is looking forward to traveling with her husband and volunteering to help early elementary school students with their reading. Please take an opportunity to wish Cassie well as she begins this exciting new phase of her life. Cassie’s email address is cartale@mail.nysed.gov.



IMLS Awards Federal Planning Grant to New York State Library

Assistant Commissioner for Libraries and State Librarian Bernard A. Margolis announced that the federal Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded a $48,577 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Collaborative Planning Grant to the New York State Library. The grant, covering the period from April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015,will support the development of a comprehensive statewide early literacy training plan that will enhance and improve the quality of public library early literacy and early learning programs. The resulting training plan will be an integral component of New York’s new statewide early literacy program Ready to Read at New York Libraries.

The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program supports projects to recruit and educate the next generation of librarians, faculty, and library leaders; and to support early career research. It also assists in the professional development of librarians and library staff.

“As the information needs of Americans have evolved, so has the work of American libraries and librarians,” said IMLS Director Susan Hildreth. “The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program helps address these needs by supporting the professional development and education of a new generation of librarians.” State Librarian Bernie Margolis said, “This $48,577 grant from IMLS will be instrumental in supporting the State Library’s planning work with an Advisory Group of early literacy experts and with numerous local, state and national partners.” “The result of this year-long collaborative planning effort will be a sustainable and comprehensive statewide training plan for New York’s public library staff.”said Grant Project Director Karen Balsen, Library Development Specialist, New York State Library.

The planned training will provide public library staff with skills and knowledge in areas such as community assessment, creation of library early learning environments, effective outreach strategies and the delivery of quality parent/caregiver education for diverse audiences. Parent/caregiver education will focus on reading readiness, but will also include science and math (STEM).

The plan will also include targeted outreach strategies to assist public libraries in reaching high-risk populations such as residents of high need school districts, minorities, immigrants and the rural poor. Effective evaluation design will inform the quality and practicality of the plan, and provide solid evidence of a change in the skills and knowledge of library staff and families participating in the training.

Implementation of the training plan will be ongoing and will provide local libraries with access to training, as well as to resources and materials that will strengthen the library’s role as a vital community hub for early learning and as a key community partner in serving parents, caregivers and young children.

More information about Ready to Read at New York Libraries and this planning grant project is available at http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/earlylit/index.html or by contacting Grant Project Director Karen Balsen at kbalsen@mail.nysed.gov .



Editor’s Notes

The year just seems to fly by! We are already on our way to Las Vegas. Thanks to everyone who contributed to this issue, especially our Interest Group leaders. We cannot put out regular issues without regular content contributors. If you have anything to tell, tell it to ASCLA through Interface!

Thanks for the memories!

Anne K. Abate

ASCLA Interface Editor

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One of the best things about ASCLA is we have so many members who are truly passionate about the patrons they serve and who have deep content knowledge in their field of expertise.  As a result of this powerful combination of passion and knowledge, they often find themselves teaching and transmitting best practices, whether as consultants, in state libraries or consortia, or in service to people with disabilities.  How can we share, though, when we’re scattered all over the country and only get to see each other (if we’re lucky) twice a year.

I recently learned from our local self-publishing company, Author Solutions, that one of their authors had published three books about people with disabilities.  Her books were so well received that they have been picked up and given a much broader audience by a traditional publisher.  That got me to thinking: How do librarians – like the ones in my busy public library – find good books for their patrons that offer positive views of people with disabilities? 

I realized that ASCLA members could use their passion, knowledge and wide networks to help!  I suggested the idea to the ASCLA Publications Committee this spring, and at the Annual Conference, they agreed to make reviews a regular part of Interface.  With one or two in each issue, pretty soon we’ll have a pretty good little list.

We need writers!  If there is a book that you regularly recommend to someone, would you take a little time to write a review?  It doesn’t have to be new or widely known, just really good.  We readers would like to know:

•             What is the book about generally – the plot, the situation, a description?

•             For what audience you’d recommend it – children, teens, adults, parents, teachers, librarians?

•             What qualities of the book made you recommend it – plot, characters, writing, setting?

Sign your review and email it to the Interface Editor Anne Abate, anne@librarydiscountnetwork.com, then stand by to see your name in lights in an upcoming Interface.  If you’re willing to review but don’t have a title in mind, contact Anne and she’ll probably have some recommendations. I am starting us off in this issue, with a review of a new book published by ALA Editions: Remarkable Books about Young People with Special Needs; Stories to Foster Understanding, by Allison M. G. Follos.  Maybe it will remind you of one you’ve read and would like to share.  Maybe you’ll read someone else’s review and decide to buy the book for your collection, read it yourself, suggest it to your book club, or share it with a reader.

Sara Laughlin




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Volunteer Opportunities: ASCLA Awards Committee, ASCLA Elections

We love our member volunteers! Perhaps you spotted one at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago wearing a “Library Hero by Day, Association Volunteer by Night” button. We have two opportunities to get involved with ASCLA as a valuable volunteer: the ASCLA Awards Committee is seeking a few additional members. In addition, the ASCLA Nominating Committee seeks candidates for positions to be elected in spring 2014. Click either of those blog links to get more details about what each position entails and who to contact to express your interest.


Online Learning: Upcoming Webinars and Courses

The next offering of our online course “Improving Library Services to People with Disabilities” will start Oct. 14! We also have two webinar series scheduled: “Understanding Personalities in the Workplace” and “Emotional Intelligence in Your Workplace”. Both of these series are taught by Linda Bruno, who has presented for ASCLA before with rave reviews! There is still time to sign up for the first series and receive links to the previous live presentations. You can also register for the second series and the online course now. Visit the online learning page for more information, links to registration and pricing.

Course and webinar descriptions, pricing details, registration instructions for groups and individuals are all posted online on ASCLA’s online learning page. Questions about these offerings should be sent to Andrea Hill at ahill@ala.org or 312-280-4397. Questions about registration? Contact registration@ala.org or (800) 545-2433, option 5.


ASCLA Travel

The ASCLA trip to southern France has been canceled, however we’re working on an itinerary for some new and exciting destinations–both international and domestic. Right now we’re looking for innovative libraries in the San Francisco Bay area that we could visit on a domestic trip. Got ideas? Send a note to the Marketing Manager Marianne Braverman at mbraverman@ala.org with your suggestions!


Report from the Consortium Management Interest Group

Submitted by Sheryl Knab, Chair

The ASCLA Consortium Management Interest Group met at ALA on Sunday, June 30, 2013. This special interest group provides a forum for sharing of ideas and news among same-type and multi-type consortia. The group typically meets at the ALA Annual Conference. Over 25 people attended and heard four different speakers provide updates and information on what is new at their consortium. 

Aaron Skog, SWAN Executive Director in Illinois (http://mls.lib.il.us/swan) spoke on their consortium’s experience in selecting the next generation ILS that will run its large network and the challenges they face in finding an appropriate vendor platform. Dr. Anne Norman, State Librarian and Director, Delaware Division of Libraries, presented on how the Delaware libraries (www.delawarelibraries.org) are using the data they are collecting from their members to improve services, streamline efficiencies, and leverage limited funds. Kristy Eklund from DALNET (Detroit Area Library Network) demonstrated a different approach to creating a shared digital collection by harnessing free online resources from Youtube and other resources. She talked about how they select the collections they want to promote access to and the creation of records for these collections (see www.dalnet.org/elibrary) which are freely available. Sheryl Knab, Executive Director, Western New York Library Resources Council (WNYLRC), Buffalo, NY, provided an overview of I2NY – the year-long investigation conducted by the NY 3Rs Association, Inc. (of which WNYLRC is a member) on the feasibility of creating a state-wide information infrastructure. The full report is available at www.ny3rs.org.  Copies of all four presentations (PDF) are available through the ALA conference scheduler. 

The group also discussed ALA Annual 2014 in Las Vegas. Sheryl Knab will continue as chair for 2014 and will call for program ideas in late fall through ALA Connect, the ASLCA listserv, the ICAN listserv, and NYLINE. Additionally, Sheryl recommended hosting a listserv at WNYLRC to facilitate communication among those consortia interested in sharing program ideas and news between meetings called CMDsig@wnylrc.org.  To participate on the list, send an email to Sheryl directly at sknab@wnylrc.org


Report from Interest Group “Bridging Deaf Cultures @ Your Library”

Submitted by Alec C. McFarlane, President, Library for Deaf Action

The Interest Group meeting took place on Friday, June 28th at the McCormick Place Convention Center. The meeting came to order with an overflow crowd of more than 50 people in a room booked for half that and represented the largest meeting in this Interest Group’s history. We opened with brief introductions from the audience where people introduced themselves and explained briefly why they had come. We had people from the entire spectrum, seemingly representing all four types of libraries, and they all touched upon a rather common theme: services for the deaf community are largely lacking.

The input from the audience took up a good portion of our allotted hour, and allowed the members to see how others were dealing with their libraries or their duties. There was even a trustee and a director in the audience who expressed that wanted to understand the unique way that perhaps they could contribute.  To them, I emphasized Library Friends’ groups and involvement with various Organizations Serving the Deaf (OSD). We also had two deaf librarians, Holly Lipschultz and Evelyn Keolian, who were both from Chicago.  Ms. Lipschultz would later pen a blog post that is now re-posted on ALA Connect.  Her blog post encapsulates what transpired at the meeting and her takeaway. You can also see it for yourself here: http://hollythelibrarian.com/2013/07/bridging-deaf-cultures-your-library-ala2013/

The meeting ran over the subjects of service to special populations and how individual creativity plays a role in transforming libraries.  I also explained how we visualize the Deaf Cultural Digital Library (DCDL) now under consideration in the Maryland Legislature (http://msa.maryland.gov/msa/mdmanual/26excom/defunct/html/11deaf.html). Borrowing in part from the concept of the NLS, we envision the DCDL as a state-level public library that serves all four types of libraries. The key element here is to have a dedicated staff empowered to study and collect materials and resources that can be shared with libraries all over the state, and eventually the nation, with regional outlets. This Interest Group looks to push the concept nationally and get partners from within and without ALA who will be part of making the DCDL a reality. The audience generally agreed that this is something we need and they were encouraged to check out the BDC@YL SIG site on ALA Connect http://connect.ala.org/node/156827 ) and follow up on the meeting in Philadelphia and Las Vegas with the objective of duplicating the concept in America.


Report from the Library Consultants Interest Group

Submitted by Jeannette Smithee, Executive Director, SEFLIN (Southeast Florida Library Information Network)

The ASCLA Library Consultants Interest Group (LCIG) celebrates an active year and looks forward to another exciting year. The LCIG membership grew along with general ASCLA membership growth. ASCLA as a whole added 55 members in 2012-13 for a 7.4% growth, the highest percentage of all ALA Divisions. The Library Consultants Interest Group added 31 members growing from 32 to 63 members. We would like to keep growing by providing a meaningful forum for discussions and programs that can highlight and improve skills of current and potential independent librarians and library consultants. Please tell your colleagues (current and potential consultants) about the benefits of joining ASCLA and LCIG (for information about joining LCIG see http://www.ala.org/ascla/asclaourassoc/asclainterest/list

The 2013 ALA Annual Conference was a good one for the Library Consultants Interest Group.

  • The Saturday program Beyond Brainstorming: Making More Effective Decisions with Joan Frye Williams filled the room with about 350 people. Her lively program was well-received and provided inspiration and practical nuggets for those working for change in their libraries. She described essential steps for communication and involvement for decision making within an organization.
  • At the Sunday program, Do Those Evaluation Statistics Mean Anything? (cosponsored by the ALA Office of Research and Statistics) approximately 100 people heard a panel with staff from the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation at IMLS a state library grants manager and a consultant program evaluator explore the challenges of managing and evaluating widely distributed grants and sub-grants to provide a meaningful national picture of the impact of library funding. At the end of the program, IMLS called for those interested in continuing the dialog about developing program/grant evaluation plans that balance standardized statistical data and localized narrative descriptions. Anyone interested in participating in the discussion can contact Matthew Birnbaum, Evaluation and Research Officer at IMLS (mbirnbaum@imls.gov).
  • The Sunday Consultants Give Back (CGB) was cosponsored with PLA. During the afternoon, about 16 consultants were available to meet with librarians for free short consultations. In addition, some CGB consultants conducted meetings at other times and places during the conference. Most librarians had made appointments with the consultants and there were a few drop-ins. The out-of-the-way room assignment inhibited drop-in participation.

 The Library Consultant Interest Group Leadership team is actively planning for 2013-14. Plans include programs and activities of interest to independent consultants and internal organization consultants (such as state library staff or multitype cooperative staff) at Midwinter and Annual Conferences in 2014.

  • At ALA Midwinter Conference in Philadelphia, LCIG plans several opportunities for learning and networking. Nancy Bolt and Liz Bishoff will offer another edition of the long waited preconference “Assembling a Consulting Toolkit: What You Need to Know to be a Successful Library Consultant.” The preconference is planned for Thursday afternoon and Friday morning before the conference. LCIG will host a topic driven Library Consultants Discussion Forum and possibly a networking event. More details and a schedule will come this fall.
  • At the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, LCIG plans to present a conference program on making a transition to independent consulting (the good, the bad, and the ugly). Plan to join the lively discussion.
  • The Consultants Giving Back (CGB) programs held at ALA and PLA Conferences are coordinated through LCIG and ASCLA. Evaluations from the 2013 CGB program will guide the directions and plans for 2014. Expect to hear more about this during the year.

Questions or comments, contact 2013-14 LCIG leader, Allan Kleiman, kleiman@aol.com.




Conference Report from the Interest Group for Alzheimer’s and Related Dementia

Submitted by Mary Beth Riedner, IGARD, Chair

First place in the Diversity and Outreach Fair at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago on Saturday, June 29 was awarded to the Gail Borden Public Library of Elgin, IL for their poster entitled “Remember Me: Serving Persons with Alzheimer’s and Dementia.” The Fair is hosted annually by ALA’s Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) and is generously sponsored by DEMCO. The theme of the 2013 Diversity and Outreach Fair was Removing Barriers to Service for All: Creating Meaningful and Integrated Library Experiences for People with Disabilities.
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The winning poster portrayed an innovative program entitled Tales & Travel that brings residents of memory care facilities into close interaction with a wide variety of library materials. The monthly programs focus on a different country or region of the US. Library staff and volunteers invite the residents to go on an imaginary journey to the chosen destination. The location of the country is shown on a globe or world map. The residents then take turns reading aloud from a folk tale, myth or legend from the area, followed by five interesting facts about the location. Finally, they browse through highly illustrated non-fiction books about the area from both the adult and the children’s collections. Music from the destination country can be played in the background. Residents truly enjoy the program and stay engaged for the full hour. 

Also noted on the display was the Carnegie-Whitney grant awarded to the Gail Borden Library to develop a series of bibliographies that will serve as a model for other libraries interested in replicating the Tales & Travel program. Dominican University’s GSLIS program is partnering with the Gail Borden Library and has provided a webpage (http://gslis.dom.edu/about/tales-and-travel-memories) where the bibliographies and other resources will be posted as they are created.

A new ASCLA Interest Group for Alzheimer’s and Related Dementia was also highlighted on the poster. This Interest Group will focus on developing guidelines for library services for this often forgotten population. A starting point will be the Guidelines for Library Services to Persons with Dementia that were approved by the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) in 2007. Any ASCLA member interested in joining this Interest Group can find out more by going to http://connect.ala.org/ascla_igard.

The Hartford Public Library won second place at the Fair for their entry “We Belong Here.”  Third place was awarded to the Brooklyn Public Library, The Child’s Place for Children with Special Needs for their display entitled “Bridges to Autism”.

For those unable to attend the conference in Chicago or who missed the Diversity and Outreach Fair, more information about the 27 entries is expected to be posted at http://www.ala.org/offices/olos/divfair/diversityfair.