ASCLA and LSSPS are sponsoring a panel discussion entitled Large Print for All´┐ŻBigger is Better from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Monday, July 12, at the 2009 ALA Annual Conference in Palmer House, Empire Room.

Speakers will include:

  • Diane Hull, Editorial Director at Center Point Large Print Books
  • Kara Kugelmeyer, Sr. Acquisitions Editor at Thorndike
  • A representative of Lighthouse International
  • Peyton Stafford, Director of Global Library and Institutional Services at ReadHowYouWant

Aging baby boomers, struggling young readers, individuals with reading disabilities, and persons with low vision are increasing demand for large print materials. Learn what publishers are producing in large print, how to display and promote large print collections for all ages, and current research findings on the uses and benefits of large print.

Discussion at the panel will revolve around:

  • current and future trends in large print publishing for libraries,
  • the impact of new publishing technologies, and
  • how libraries can tell publishers which books they want to see in large print.

The panelists will speak on topics that are impacting libraries, such as print on demand, digital talking books, universal design, and the graying of the Boomer generation.

Center Point and Thorndike are two of the most respected names in large print publishing. Lighthouse International is a leading non-profit organization dedicated to preserving vision and to providing critically needed vision and rehabilitation services. ReadHowYouWant is a new publisher that provides large print, braille and DAISY editions of books for visually impaired, dyslexic and physically disabled readers.

The publishers will provide sample and promotional items to attendees.

For further information, please contact

Kathy Mayo, (239) 390-3234 or or
Peyton Stafford, (866) 428-5344 or