Archive for January 11th, 2012

President’s Message

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Dear ASCLA Colleagues:

Getting a handle on the ebook “tug of war”, advocating for funding, helping job-seekers, creating the library of the future, increasing access to information for diverse audiences, thinking out of the box to help people with special needs, growing library leaders …

These are some of the many issues that you are passionate about and can explore through ASCLA. ASCLA is in the forefront of helping you find innovative solutions to your priority issues by providing excellent networking and training opportunities. Whether you make use of the ASCLA website, publications, webinars and online courses, conference programs, interest groups or committee work, ASCLA gives you access to the people and the ideas you need to be effective and fulfilled as a supporter of libraries.

Please take advantage of everything ASCLA has to offer and encourage others around you to join ASCLA as well. ASCLA is a strong library organization mainly because of its well-informed and caring members and staff!


Norma Blake, ASCLA President

Message from the ASCLA Executive Director

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Dear ASCLA Members:

ASCLA has a renewed passion and energy under our new reorganization. Members are doing some great work and I invite you to join in if you will be in Dallas for the Midwinter meeting. Don’t miss these events:

ASCLA Board of Directors I, Saturday January 21, 2012, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. DCC – D161. Session one of the ASCLA Board of Directors meeting. Open to all ASCLA and ALA members. 

ASCLA Board of Directors II. Monday, January 23, 2012, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., DCC – D161. Join us for the second session of ASCLA Board of Directors.

ASCLA Leadership Session, Saturday, January 21, 2012, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon, DCC (Dallas Convention Center) – D224. We’ll be looking at how to shape ASCLA’s future, our strategic plan, and early results of the ASCLA member loyalty survey. All ASCLA members are invited to participate.

Open Hearing on Library Consultants Code of Ethics, Sunday, January 22, 2012,   4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., DCC – D224. Discussion/Interest Group. Nancy Bolt of Nancy Bolt & Associates will moderate an open hearing on a new draft “Library Consultant Code of Ethics”. Should it be adopted by ALA? This session is open to all ALA members. Discussion will be followed by a business meeting of the ASCLA Library Consultants Interest Group Leadership Team.       

Interest Groups Meetings: There are 13 new ASCLA interest groups looking for members! Many of these new groups will be meeting in Dallas. Download the list of all ASCLA meetings here: and feel free to connect with these groups by joining their meetings if you’re in Dallas. See the complete list of interest groups and how to join and interest group here:

And after all the hard work is done, please join us for a party! Come to the ASCLA/COSLA Reception, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, 8 p.m. -10 p.m. to relax, network, and make new friends. The Reception is open to all ALA members, so bring a friend, mingle, and try some of the delicious food and beverages at our dessert reception and open bar, co-sponsored by COSLA.

Have a wonderful new year!


Susan Hornung

ASCLA Executive Director

Take the ASCLA Member Survey

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

In an effort to improve the quality of products and services of ASCLA, we are seeking feedback from ASCLA members with our member loyalty survey. 

As a valued member, your opinion is critical to the success of ASCLA. The survey should take no more than 5-10 minutes to complete. Any information you include will be managed confidentially. We are committed to continuous improvement in all areas of our association and your participation in this survey is very much appreciated.  The survey will be available until February 1st.
Thank you for your support and please feel free to contact the ASCLA office (, if you have any questions.
Link to ASCLA Member Loyalty Survey:


From the ASCLA Office

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Here are a few important reminders from the ASCLA staff.  You may have seen these before, but we are putting them here to remind you.

Awards: The ASCLA achievement awards nomination period ends December 15–nominate yourself or a deserving colleague today! Review the entire list of awards and nomination details at the ASCLA website.

Online Learning: We’re gearing up for a multitude of webinar offerings in 2012, and we also have dates set for our next offering of the online course “Improving Library Services for People with Disabilities.” Did you know we have group discounts available for our courses and webinars? Learn more.

Midwinter Meeting: The online scheduler for Midwinter is now available at is still time to register for Midwinter! Visit the main Midwinter page for registration and information about exhibits, hotels, speakers and other exciting events. Mark your conference calendar for the ASCLA/COSLA Reception, Sunday, Jan. 22, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. in the Fountain Room at the Fairmont Hotel. We’ll have desserts, a cash bar, and excellent company!

Annual Conference: Check out a list of upcoming programs and preconferences ASCLA will be hosting in Anaheim. Registration for Annual is now open!

Interest Groups: We now have more than a dozen established interest groups! Learn more about them–including how to join–by clicking on the links below. Want to start a group? Learn more here.

Library Consultant Interest Group

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Submitted by Carol Desch

The ASCLA Library Consultant Interest Group (LCIG – formerly ILEX) is starting off 2012 with a bang! Upcoming 2012 Library Consultant Interest Group activities will include:

  • An open forum at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Dallas, Texas to discuss a draft Library Consultants Code of Ethics on Sunday, January 22 at 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Dallas Convention Center, Room D224.  Nancy Bolt, of Nancy Bolt and Associates will moderate the open forum.  Visit  to see the draft Code of Ethics.
  • Two exciting 2012 ALA annual conference programs in Anaheim:
    • Essential Facilitation: Practical Tools for Guiding Groups” with Interaction Associates, Inc.
    • Consultants Give Back” where consultants can contribute an hour of free consulting to librarians seeking advice or seek consulting help from the consultants who volunteer their time.

The ASCLA Library Consultant Interest Group invites independent librarians, library consultants, state library consultants of all types, regional library consultants and any librarians or library staff who help others learn and solve problems to join. Join the group by visiting the ASCLA Library Consultants Interest Group ALA Connect page and clicking on the “Join” button. ALA login is required in order to access the interest group page.

The Library Consultant Interest Group replaces the former Independent Librarians Exchange (ILEX) special interest section of ASCLA. Membership is open to all ALA members; ASCLA membership is required for those interested in leadership positions within the group. The group supports professional development by providing programs, information exchange and networking opportunities of interest to independent librarians, library consultants and others who want to push the boundaries of librarianship.

Questions? Contact the ASCLA Library Consultant Interest Group Chairperson Carol Ann Desch at .

Library Services for Incarcerated Youth Interest Group

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Submitted by Kathleen Houlihan, Youth Program Librarian, Austin Public Library

Another one of our new Interest Groups, Library Services for Incarcerated Youth is working on some exciting projects:

- Robbie Reasoner is organizing presenters for a series of webinars on libraries in juvenile detention facilities.

- Amy Cheney, Angela Craig, and Kathleen Houlihan are preparing for a presentation through YALSA at ALA 2012.

- We’ve scheduled a virtual group meeting through ASCLA using GoToMeeting.  The meeting is this week—January 11th from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. and hopefully will be available as an archived meeting for those who can’t attend at that time.

- Camden Tadhg is working diligently on the website for libraries serving incarcerated youth.

If these projects sound exciting to you, please join our Interest Group.

Physical Delivery Interest Group

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012
Submitted by Greg Pronevitz, Executive Director, Massachusetts Library System, Inc.

The Physical Delivery Interest Group was created to provide a forum for discussion and information sharing in the area of physical delivery. Please join us to hear about physical delivery solutions and problems and to share your own story.

In Dallas we are meeting in DCC D-167 at 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 22nd. At this meeting we will also be discussing potential speakers for a joint preconference we are planning with the Rethinking Resource Sharing group for Chicago in June 2013.

ASCLA Preconferences for 2012 Annual Conference

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

CHICAGO - Registration for three half-day preconferences covering mission-critical library topics—library services for the print-disabled, public library partnerships with correctional facilities and successful library marketing and development strategies, all hosted by the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) — will open on Jan. 3, 2012, along with 2012 ALA Annual Conference registration.

These workshops are open to all interested participants and are brought to you by ASCLA, the same division of ALA that has offered outstanding in-person learning opportunities such as the “Assembling a Consulting Toolkit” workshop offered at previous Annual Conferences. The topics featured at these events are relevant to public, school and special libraries, library directors, development staff and trustees and libraries interested in not only surviving, but thriving in the coming years.

Conference registration is not required in order to attend these events. More general conference information is available at, and information about ASCLA’s activities at the Annual Conference in Anaheim is available at ASCLA’s website.

Here’s an overview of the workshops:

  • The Outspoken Library: A Gateway for Public Libraries to Services for the Visually and Physically Impaired
    Friday, June 22, 1 – 4 p.m.

    Looking for inventive ideas for promoting library services? The New Jersey State Library developed “The Outspoken Library” to promote free online services that are available for print-disabled people such as audio newspapers (TBBC’s Audiovision and NFB’s Newsline) and the Library of Congress’s Braille and Audio Reading Download service. This event is designed for libraries whose customers and communities include individuals who qualify for services from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, including public libraries, school libraries, academic libraries and NLS regional and subregional libraries. Speakers include Adam Szczepaniak, associate state librarian and director, New Jersey State Library Talking Book and Braille Center; Elizabeth Burns, youth services consultant for the New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center; and Mary Romance, director, East Orange Public Library.
    Registration beginning Jan. 3: ASCLA members, $109; ALA members, $129; non-members, $149; Student and Retired ALA members, $99.
  • The Nuts & Bolts of Building a Public Library/Jail/Prison Partnership
    Friday, June 22, 8 a.m.- noon

    Hear from speakers Kathleen Houlihan, youth outreach librarian, Austin Public Library, Second Change Books, and Amy Cheney, Alameda County Library, Write to Read program Juvenile Hall Literacy, who have successfully built public library/correctional setting partnerships, and learn how to build these kinds of relationships step by step. Public librarians and correctional librarians interested in creating literacy and reading program partnerships for youth in detention centers and adults in jails or prisons will not want to miss this half-day workshop that will cover such difficult issues of collection development, security and staff interactions.
    Registration beginning Jan. 3: ASCLA members, $109; ALA members, $129; non-members, $149; Student and Retired ALA members, $99.
  • A Marriage Made in Heaven: Combining Marketing and Development to Ensure the Future of Your Library
    Friday, June 22, 8 a.m. - noon

    Attention library directors, development and public relations staff and library trustees! Has your library stalled in its attempt to develop a fundraising strategy? Are you trying to raise the awareness of the value your library offers your community? It may be time to start a library champion campaign, and here’s an opportunity to learn from the success of the New Jersey State Library’s campaign. Workshop participants will learn 1) how to recruit celebrity champions and local heroes to promote your library; 2) how to leverage library champions, build a donor database and raise big money for your library; 3) how to build a donor development strategy for everyone in your library; and 4) the essential publications your library must produce to secure funders. Nancy Dowd and Erin MacCord will present.
    Registration beginning Jan. 3: ASCLA members, $109; ALA members, $129; non-members, $149; Student and Retired ALA members, $99.

ASCLA, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is a diverse organization of librarians and support staff who work in academic and public libraries, state agencies, specialized libraries and multi-type cooperatives, as well as those who are self-employed. Our division’s work centers on member-driven interest groups that represent the diversity and important work of our engaged and active members. Not an ASCLA member, but interested in discounted registration rates on conference, ASCLApreconference and other ASCLA events? Join, renew or add ASCLA to your ALA membership at

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Revised NLSBPH Standards and Guidelines Published

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

CHICAGO — The “Revised Standards and Guidelines of Service for the Library of Congress Network of Libraries for the Blind and Physically Handicapped” (NLSBPH) have been published by the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) and are now available for purchase through the ALA Store.

The 2011 version of these standards and guidelines is the fourth iteration of ALA standards for libraries serving blind and physically handicapped individuals. They were developed by consumers, network librarians and their administering agencies to provide a benchmark for service by which the libraries can judge their accomplishments. The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLSBPH) uses these standards as the basis for consultant visit reviews and evaluation of the library’s operations, and NLS anticipates implementing these revised standards beginning in 2012. NLS has reviewed cooperating network libraries against the original standards and updates since 1980 with the goal of providing equitable service for eligible individuals wherever they reside in the United States or its possessions or territories.

Among other topics, the text provides information about standards for provision of services, resource development and management, public education and outreach, budget and funding, planning and evaluation, personnel and BARD; guidelines for personnel and space; and several appendices on critical information such as the Library of Congress/National Library Service Eligibility Criteria, the ALA Library Bill of Rights and Policy on Confidentiality of Library Records and the ALA Policy on Services for People with Disabilities.

Learn more about this publication and purchase your copy now at the ALA Store.

ASCLA, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is a diverse organization of librarians and support staff who work in academic and public libraries, state agencies, specialized libraries and multi-type cooperatives, as well as those who are self-employed. Our division’s work centers on member-driven interest groups that represent the diversity and important work of our engaged and active members. Not an ASCLA member, but interested in discounted registration rates on conference, ASCLA preconference and other ASCLA events? Join, renew or add ASCLA to your ALA membership at

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Celebrate Deaf Legacy @ Your Library

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Submitted by Alice L. Hagemeyer, President, Library for Deaf Action / FOLDA


The Dallas Public Library, in partnerships with the Friends of the Dallas Public Library, Inc., the Deaf Action Center, Texas Association of the Deaf and National Association of the Deaf, will host a deaf cultural program, Deaf Legacy and Texas on Monday, January 23, 2012, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  ASL / Voice interpreters will be provided.  Held at the Dallas Public Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, TX, this program will feature three deaf speakers. 

Alice L. Hagemeyer and Alec McFarlane, both from Silver Spring, MD, will be in Dallas to attend American Library Association midwinter meeting (Jan 20-24). So while in town they asked to make a presentation to the public about the future deaf collaborative library project – Deaf Cultural Digital Library.  There will also be a tribute to Abbé Charles Michel de l’Épée on his 300th birth anniversary.  Born on November 25, 1712 and died on December 23, 1789, he was the Father of the Deaf Education and Sign Language globally.   

Grant Laird, Jr, the past president of the Texas Association of the Deaf and CEO of Deaf Network of Texas, will give a talk about Texas deaf folk hero who made America great –  Erastus “Deaf” Smith.   In 2012, the Texas Deaf Community will be celebrating his 225th birth anniversary. He was born on April 19, 1787 and died on  November 30, 1837.

The three above deaf speakers are members of the Deaf Culture and History Section of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD). Alice is the chair and Alec the delegate to the NAD’s ‘s biennial conference held in Louisville, KY, July 3-7, 2012.

 Organizations wishing to form partnerships with the public library in presenting deaf cultural programs during the year of 2012 may email Library for Deaf Action / FOLDA for information about resources.

The mission of the Dallas Public Library (opened October 30, 1901) is to link resources and customers to enhance lives. Of special interest to the public about Texas history, there is Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division, part of the Special Collections department of the Dallas Public Library (DPL).

ASCLA 2012 Annual Conference Programs

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

CHICAGO — Any librarian concerned about what the future holds for libraries won’t want to miss the outstanding lineup of ALA Annual Conference programs hosted by the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA).

This year’s program topics highlight the expertise of ASCLA members, while delivering content that is relevant to a wide variety of library types and librarian roles. Program participation is open to any registered Annual Conference attendee. Conference registration opens Jan. 3, 2012 at In addition to these programs, ASCLA will host a number of discussion groups, several cutting-edge preconferences, the ASCLA/COSLA dessert and awards reception and association business meetings. Information about these events will be posted throughout the coming months at the ASCLA website, the ASCLA blog, the ASCLA Facebook page and on the ASCLA Twitter feed.

Here’s an overview of this year’s programs, which will be held Saturday, June 23 through Monday, June 25. More information about these programs is available at the ASCLA website.

  • Writing a Way Out: The Success of Writing Programs in Correctional Settings
    Saturday, 8 a,n, – 10 a.m.

    Writing programs in correctional settings have produced dramatic results for those who experience them. This program will include successful inmate writers, program instructors and correctional librarians who manage or assist in the programs.
  • Patron-Driven Acquisition in Consortia
    Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – noon

    Patron-driven acquisition and purchase-on-demand models are being tested in multi-type and same-type library systems and consortia in several pockets of the country. These pilots empower patrons to select print materials, e-books or both for their local library collection, while meeting their own immediate information needs. Join us as we learn from a panel of speakers about some of these initiatives and their outcomes.
  • Innovative Programs Impacting Rural and Urban Libraries Funded Through LSTA: Preschool Connections, Mother Goose Alive, and Brain Boxes Collaboration
    Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – noon

    Using LSTA funds as seed money, public libraries and state libraries can collaborate to provide library users with current resources and quality programs. Programs from Pennsylvania and Arizona will be showcased, showing how they created family spaces in small libraries, developed an online Mother Goose Rhymes portal and provided developmental activities for children. Pennsylvania will also share the results of a recent evaluation of one program.
  • Successful Collaboration in Good Times and Bad
    Saturday 10:30 a.m. – noon

    Collaborative efforts sometimes thrive, but often fail—especially in difficult financial times or without grant funding. What are the attributes of successful collaborative efforts, and how can knowing these help others plan for long-term success and sustainability? An expert panel will highlight three collaborative initiatives focused on digital libraries and present the factors that have, or would have, made them successful and sustainable.
  • Library of the Future
    Saturday, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    New Jersey State Librarian Norma Blake and Peggy Cadigan, associate state librarian for library development, will discuss current and future policies and practices that will help libraries survive and thrive.
  • Touching Literacy: iPads in the School Library Serving Incarcerated and Detained Youth
    Sunday, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    Are tablets available to your patrons yet? This program introduces you to three library staffers and their project to bring iPads to school libraries serving detained youth in New York City. We will examine the practical “how to’s” of technology pilots; the process of collaborating with multiple institutions; and maintenance, marketing, funding and collection development for tablets.
  • Train the Technology Trainer: Developing 21st Century Library Staff
    Monday, 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.

    One-on-one technology assistance and public computer classes have become essential instructional services in libraries, but it takes the right skills and knowledge to provide a true learning experience. Staff are often not equipped with the necessary experience to provide this level of service. Hear about the Colorado State Library’s experience with “Train the Technology Trainer” workshops and learn how to implement similar staff training programs in your organization.

  • Virtual Faiths: Cooperative Digitization Projects
    Monday, 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.

    Digitization of collections of interdisciplinary and historical records related to a particular denomination or faith help researchers delve into contemporary questions of church and state boundaries, as well as the history of the development of local communities, regions and nations. Cooperative digitization and digital library projects that bring together these kinds of materials from different types of institutions that are geographically dispersed pose particular problems, including many copyright ownership questions that have not yet been answered. This program will feature several projects underway related to Methodism, Judaism and Catholicism.
  • Essential Facilitation: Practical Tools for Guiding Groups
    Monday, 10:30 a.m. – noon

    Anyone who leads groups or teams, manages products or plans meetings can benefit from learning facilitation skills. During this exciting session, consultants, change agents and group leaders will gain practical tools to help groups engage in innovative planning sessions and to help them make decisions more easily.
  • Locked Up!: Go Inside a Juvenile Detention Center
    Monday, tentatively noon – 5 p.m.

    Tour Los Angeles County’s Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall. Talk with experts who provide library services to juveniles behind bars and speak with incarcerated youth to hear what the facility library means to them. Advance reservations and security clearance required—details forthcoming.

ASCLA, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is a diverse organization of librarians and support staff who work in academic and public libraries, state agencies, specialized libraries and multi-type cooperatives, as well as those who are self-employed. Our division’s work centers on member-driven interest groups that represent the diversity and important work of our engaged and active members. Not an ASCLA member, but interested in discounted registration rates on conference, ASCLA preconference and other ASCLA events? Join, renew or add ASCLA to your ALA membership at

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R-squared: Risk and Reward Conference

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Submitted by Valerie Horton, Executive Director, Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC)

A core group of Colorado library staffers and supporters have developed a new style of conference that kicks off in 2012. The premise of this conference is that the safe route for libraries isn’t good enough anymore. Library professionals need to use creative thinking to evaluate risk and understand its rewards to establish libraries as the leading source of creative sparks in their communities.

If you feel the same way and are interested in engaging in this process, let us know. We’re at the beginning stages of planning for R-Squared – The Risk & Reward Conference held in Telluride, Colorado, Sept. 10-12, 2012. We’re looking for like-minded folks who can help us get the word out to other library professionals curious about creative thinking in libraries.

If we’ve piqued your interest – if you’re ready to take a risk – please fill out the survey below and let us know how you’d like to participate.

Feel free to forward to other change agents who may be interested in participating in R-Squared. Find more information at or Follow us on Twitter @rsquaredconf.

Read more about R-Squared:

Items of Interest from the New York Public Library

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Submitted by Brigid Cahalan, Outreach Coordinator, New York Public Library

Please see the links below for a couple of items that may be of interest to ASCLA members.

Age-Friendly Tips–This is a list of ways to make your library more age-friendly. The list was prepared at the request of the Age-Friendly NYC team. The team asked a variety of professionals for lists of “10 s” to make their organizations more helpful and welcoming to all, but especially to older adults.

From The New York Public Library’s web page and Age-FriendlyNYC: “10 Ways to Make Your Library Age Friendly”

Hearing Loop Technology–This is a link to a New York Times article about the hearing loop, a technology that has been used throughout the country and the world in many libraries and other buildings–and even outside areas like Yankee Stadium–to provide increased access for many with hearing loss. Although it is not the only answer, it can be very effective if combined with devices such as FM systems, and real-time captioning, when possible.

New York Times article – 10.23.2011 – “A Hearing Aid that Cuts Out All the Clatter” hearing aid that cuts out all the clatter&st=cse

A Word from the Interface Editor

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Can it really be a new year already? Thanks to everyone for their contributions. It was especially nice to hear from our new Interest Groups. We hope to be able to report on all 13 (PLUS?) in the post-Midwinter issue. The deadline for that issue will be February 29th. If you would like to submit something, please drop me a note so that we can save room for it! You can contact me at

Interface is here to communicate the diversity among the various groups that make up ASCLA. Nothing is more diverse that all of those new interest groups. We can also tell from some of the comments to articles that Interface is being read outside of our member community. Remember to use Interface to spread the word about the exciting things happened at your organizations.

Anne K. Abate, ASCLA Interface Editor